While my family tries to eat healthy, we have a weakness for certain bar food appetizers. And jalapeño poppers are at the top of that list. So you can imagine my family’s reaction when I merged the poppers with chicken casserole (another family favorite) for a weeknight dinner. They seriously went bananas. When I make jalapeño poppers at home, I always combine cream cheese with shredded mozzarella (or sharp cheddar if I’m feeling crazy), so I did the same thing with this recipe. Diced bacon adds even more deliciousness to the dish.
I’ll admit, I’d read about jalapeño popper chicken casseroles before and was a little bit skeptical as to how it would all come together, but I did my research and made a version I knew would be perfect for my family. First I cooked the chicken and sliced it into small cubes (feel free to use rotisserie chicken), then I mixed it with freshly cooked bacon and jalapeño peppers, and folded into a cream cheese sauce. Then the whole concoction is topped with shredded mozzarella and it slips back into the oven to heat up! Ridiculously easy and tasty.
This jalapeño popper chicken casserole is the perfect dinner for picky kids and adults – it also freezes well for the ideal last-minute weeknight dinner.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole
While my family tries to eat healthy, we have a weakness for certain bar food appetizers. And jalapeño poppers are at the top of that list. So you can imagine my family’s…
- boneless skinless chicken breasts:
- grapeseed oil: 1/2 cup
- kosher salt: 1 teaspoon
- freshly ground black pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
- bacon: 6 slices
- jalapeño peppers: 3, seeded and chopped
- cream cheese: 8 ounces
- mayonnaise: 3 Tablespoonsshredded mozzarella cheese
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the chicken with the oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Step 2: Remove the chicken to a cutting board and cut it into bite-size cubes. Place it in large bowl.
Step 3: While the chicken is baking, cook the bacon until crispy. Transfer it to a cutting board and cut into bite-size pieces. Drain the pan except for 1 Tablespoon of bacon fat. Add the jalapeño pepper pieces and cook until softened. Add the cream cheese and mayonnaise to the pan and stir until creamy. Then fold the bacon back in to the mixture.
Step 4: Once the chicken is in the bowl add the creamy mixture to it. Mix it well to make sure the bacon and peppers are completely incorporated. Then spread the chicken evenly in a 9x9 baking dish and top with the mozzarella.
Step 5: Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, or until piping hot and heated through. Serve hot!
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