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Monday, May 2, 2011

Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños!

Hey everyone! The jalapeños were beautiful at the produce store ($2 for a huge bag) and I'm still in
Cinco de Mayo mode! I saw a recipe from Rocco DiSpirito for Chicken and Cheese Poppers HERE and used it as my starting point.
Stuffed Jalapeños
(6) 3" jalapeños, split lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed (I used a mellon baller)
1/2 C finely shred cooked chicken
1/2 C shred cheddar cheese
1/4 C cream cheese, room temp
1/4 C chives, diced
Fresh ground black pepper
Salt for sprinkling once out of oven
Corona and lime in a frosty glass-totally optional, but highly recommended:@)
  1. Place cleaned peppers on a baking sheet, cut side up.
  2. Place under broiler for about 2-3 minutes, just to let them start to cook. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. Mix chicken, cheddar, cream cheese, chives and black pepper well.
  4. Stuff the peppers, I used a spoon and pressed the filling in with my fingers.
  5. Place in preheated 375 degree oven for approximately 25 minutes, until baked through and the top is a nice brown color. Remove from oven.
  6. Immediately sprinkle with salt. (You don't need a lot, but this really makes a big difference!)
Notes:
  • I have a small counter top convection oven, if after 25 minutes they aren't brown and pretty you may want to brown them under the broiler.
  • I'm certainly not going to say this is a diet recipe, but they have to have less calories than breaded and deep fried poppers. 
  • I love how baking the peppers mellows them out a bit, it reduces the heat and brings out their flavor-YUM!
  • 4/28/12-Updated to say, I've also made these pressing a little panko breadcrumbs onto the top, that's very nice too!

48 comments:

  1. Yum, they sound wonderful. We are big fans of jalapeno poppers, so I am very excited to try these out on my family.

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  2. They look really good. Have a great day.

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  3. I started our blogging about vintage cookbooks and lost the thread early on - How I LOVE your blog, though I may skip the jalapenos!

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  4. This recipe is going on my Thursday menu!!! Yum.
    Have a great day.

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  5. Just love these stuffed jalapenos! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

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  6. These look delicious Lynn. I will try this recipe. xo,

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  7. I've never tried them but I know my hubby would love them (and the Corona). I have to try these!

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  8. I love poppers and am going to have to try these. Adding chicken sounds interesting. I like that you don't bread these also. Great, now I am hungry!

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  9. OM gosh!! I love stuffed jalapenos... and a "frosty glass" with lime. There goes my diet... :)
    I'll make this recipe for Cinco de Mayo or before.. off to the grocery store.
    Babs

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  10. Oh my goodness, my husband will LOVE these! (and the recommended beverage too!)

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  11. Hi lovely lady. I love poppers also. I rap the one's I put together with Bacon ! I need to do yours also. I hope you have a Great Day.
    xxoo
    Diane

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  12. Joe would love these but I do not do peppers or anything that sits next to one...I am picky.

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  13. My hubby makes the kind stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon, then grilled. I can't do jalapenos - I guess I still have a Wisconsin girl's non-spicy taste!

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  14. Yum! These look delicious. I planted some jalapeno seeds this afternoon along with some others. I'm getting a late start so it may be October before they produce any fruit.

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  15. I think I should make these for my husband. He would rise up and call me blessed!!

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  16. Oh Mr.CC is going to love this one...thanks for sharing it at NTT!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  17. Those look so good. My daughter and I have decided we need a month or two of healthy eating...this is the first day and already I want melted cheese!

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  18. Mmmm...these look like the perfect appetizer for Cinco de Mayo. I could eat way too many of these! :)

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  19. Oh So Yummy,
    I LOVE these and I'm definitely making them!
    Thank you so much,
    HUGS,
    Donna

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  20. These look wonderful. I love jalapenos!

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  21. WOW!! I so want one or two of these right now!!

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  22. I'd have to take 2 anti-acid pills prior to consuming! LOL I'm a whoose (sp?) when it comes to hot stuff like jalapenos. You can have my share but now that beer...I'll be happy to join you!

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  23. Good morning Lynn. I was thinking of you and was going to visit you next and I had no idea stuffed jalapenos was your post. I wanted to see why this was a thrifty post. HA! This sounds delicious. I have never purchased jalapenos so this must be a good price. Smile.

    Have a great day Lynn.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  24. Uhm yum! They look so good!..Christine

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  25. These look spicily delicious! I might need two Coronas.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  26. YES!..love me some stuffed jalapenos,I could eat about a dozen,and suffer the aftermath,in the morning constitution,teehehe!
    Lovin' it!!!
    ~Jo
    LazyonLoblolly

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  27. I love jalapeno poppers, so if I make these with the chicken, then I can eat more because it will be like a meal, right?

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  28. These look good. My husband would absolutely love them! I'm not a big fan of jalapeno peppers but might would try this. However, I think they might be quite an effective diet food for me. If you know what I mean. LOL!

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  29. Mmmmm my mouth is watering....I will have to try these.

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog...I so love comments...lol

    Sylvia

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  30. I love poppers and yours look and sound delicious. My family will love these. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  31. Hello Lynn,
    they are surely very hot, aren't they? But I think, they are yummy, too.
    Thank you for this interesting recipe.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  32. This is a variation on my all time favorite appetizer! Love 'em...

    Blessings, Debbie

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  33. Fantastic! I love those but have never made my own. What a great recipe. Wish I could nosh on some right now for dinner.

    I made some Paula Deen cookies today to get ready for your party. Shame on me, I couldn't stop snacking on them!

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  34. I'm a fan of Mexican delicacies but have never tried making my own. This, I will surely try. Thanks for this post.

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  35. This is spicy, I know, which makes me think twice in grabbing a fork and try this. But looks mouthwatering!

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  36. Hello, I am featuring this great recipe on my Wednesday and wanderings! Thanks so much.

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  37. that looks so stinking good-i just commented on another blog that made something similar. guess i am really in the mood for these! what a great sentiment on your latest post, too, about mother's day.

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  38. I could so use a Corona and these right now!

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  39. Oh yum! I have never had them with chicken!

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  40. Love poppers! These look so good...all I need is a margarita with a little Patron. :-) Thanks so much for sharing!

    Pat

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  41. Oh yes, I would love these. I'm going to save the recipe for sure.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  42. Thanks for linking up to THIS WEEK's CRAVINGS "Mexican Dishes". We appreciate you sharing your recipe with us! We hope you come back next Monday for "Brunch Recipes / Mother's Day". Have a great weekend!

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/search/label/THIS%20WEEKS%20CRAVINGS

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  43. Visiting from a linky. Love jalapeno poppers and the chicken is an interesting twist. Does that mean they could be called DINNER? ;)

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