Jalapeno Popper Chicken Recipe

Goodness gracious, y’all. This Jalapeno Popper Chicken is fabulous. And I mean FABULOUS!


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If your family enjoys the flavors of Jalapeno Poppers or Jalapeno Popper Dip, then they will fall in love with this Jalapeno Popper Chicken recipe. Promise.

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And while my recipe includes the step to bake skinless, boneless chicken breasts, you can easily just pick up a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store deli and whip up the ingredients for the topping, mix in the chicken and bake it for about 15 minutes for the cracker topping to brown.

You’ll have this deliciousness on the table in no time flat.


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Or, if you are like me and cook a bunch of chicken at least once during the week to use in so many other recipes throughout the week, this is one of those recipes you’ll be glad you did!


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Here’s my Jalapeno Popper Chicken recipe. I can’t wait to hear how you love it!


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Jalapeno Popper Chicken Recipe
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Jalapeno Popper Chicken makes the perfect meal combining a favorite jalapeno popper dip with baked chicken. A definite go-to family favorite.
Serves: 6-8
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • For the jalapeno popper topping:
  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, deveined, deseeded and diced
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • For the topping:
  • ½ cup crushed butter crackers (1/2 sleeve)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 425º F. Place chicken breasts in a small casserole dish and bake until juices run clear when pricked, about 45 minutes.
  2. While chicken is baking, prepare jalapeno popper topping for chicken. Add bacon, jalapenos, and onions to a small skillet and fry until bacon is crispy and jalapenos and onions are tender. Remove from heat and add to a small mixing bowl. Add cream cheese, mayonnaise or yogurt, and cheeses to mixing bowl and cream together with bacon mixture until well-combined.
  3. Remove chicken from oven and reduce oven heat to 350º F. Spread jalapeno popper topping on top of chicken until well-covered.
  4. For the topping, mix together crushed crackers, cheese, and melted butter. Sprinkle on top of jalapeno popper topped chicken. Bake until crackers are lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
  5. Serve warm.


Robyn xoxo


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Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe

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  1. 55

    Sabrina says

    It is possible to shred the chicken once cooked then top with mixture and bake? Just think it would make for a good meal instead of big chicken breasts. If not shred the chicken, then maybe cut the chicken into chunks and bake it up that way first. Any one tried that?

    • 56

      Karen says

      Yep! We did that this weekend with a chopped up rotisserie chicken. I mixed all the ingredients with the chicken, and baked it for about 25-30 minutes. It took longer for the cream cheese to melt at 350, so I ended up turning the heat up to 400 after 15 min, and covering with foil so the topping didn’t burn. Also use panko bread crumbs instead of crackers. It was amazing!

  2. 60

    Sandy Stephens says

    This looks and sounds so good! I think I would shred the chicken somewhat though that way I can get it all over the chicken and it be in every bite!! I just made about 300 jalapeno poppers for my freezer! My jalapenos are still producing and I am trying to find other ways to fix them…. this will be added to my KEEPER list!!

    • 61

      Stacy Slaby says

      something we like to do with all our jalepenos is canning them using a bread and butter pickle recipe. Just swap out the cucumbers for fresh sliced jalepenos…it is amazing! Sweet & spicy pickled jalepenos go great in chili, burgers, pizza, you name it!

  3. 62

    Nancy says

    I think this would be great in the slow cooker-put in the chicken and the toppings up to the crackers and let it sit, when you get home from work, put in a casserole dish, add topping and bake or broil til they are browned? Just think it would make a great come home to dish!

  4. 64

    Dawn says

    Can you tell me approximately how many ounces to use for the chicken. Costco sales their rotisserie chicken already cut up. So, I’d like to make this casserole style using their chicken.
    Thank you

    • 65

      Angela says

      I used the bagged Costco rotisserie chicken. It came out excellent. I used the entire bag (42 oz) You should try it!

  5. 66

    Felisha says

    I made this last night, it was amazing! I chopped the chicken up and mixed it in the cheese mixture and then put it in the baking dish and topped it with the crackers. My husband is a huge fan of this recipe. :)

  6. 67

    Amanda says

    I’d reduce cooking time for chicken to about 25 minutes, you can also cut the chicken up and mix it with cheese mixture before spooning it into the baking dish.

  7. 68

    Bonnie says

    Great recipe! My family really enjoyed it! For the amount of topping, one could use 8 chicken breasts instead of 6. The chicken cooked in 30-35 minutes at the instructed temperature. Next time I will fry the bacon alone for a few minutes then add the onions and jalapeños as I found the onions and jalapeños were done before the bacon was crispy. I also used panko bread crumbs in place of the crackers. Also light cream cheese works well in place of regular cream cheese. For a bit more zip, I think I will add one more jalapeño pepper next time.

  8. 69

    Brenda says

    I made this Sunday. Took the advise of others and cooked the bacon a bit before I added the pepper and onion. One by one, as everyone took their first bite, I knew it was a winner. I can’t tell you how delicious this is. I will absolutely be making this again.

  9. 72

    Bethany says

    We made a few tweaks, but really enjoyed this recipe. I made it once as directed, and then the 2nd time, I pounded the chicken a little thinner so all pieces were even. I baked for 20 min at 425 degrees. I cooked the bacon until crisp in the pan, the let it out to cool. I sauteed the jalapenos (with a few seeds for additional heat), onions, and 1 tsp of minced garlic in the pan. I also used panko bread crumbs in lieu of crackers. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. 74

    Brooke says

    I love this recipe! I always use panko bread crumbs instead of crackers. I also added taco seasoning to the bread crumbs to add extra spice.

  11. 76

    Christine says

    What do you serve with this? Was thinking rice but any other suggestions? Sounds delish!

  12. 78

    LORI BREWER says

    I just have to say…I have made this A FEW times and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My husband cannot get enough!

  13. 80


    This recipe is amazing! I’ve made it 5 times already! After the first time, I instead cut up the chicken like in the comments, added cooked chicken to the mixture, & baked like a casserole. I also only cooked the boneless skinless chicken @ 350 for 30min.

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