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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Grilled Jalapeno Popper Topped Chicken

I love, love, LOVE jalapeno poppers.  But how could you not?  Spicy little peppers filled with cheeses and sometimes even bacon?  I mean really?  You'd have to be crazy not to like them.  Ok, if you don't like spicy things or cheesy things, you might not like it and I can forgive you for that.. but if not.... there's no excuse!!

So, of course, when I saw Desi's recipe for Mexican Chicken with Jalapeno Popper Sauce, I knew I was going to have to put my own little twist on it.  I mean, why didn't I think to top chicken with this before???  Yes, it's decadent and a little indulgent, but hey, you can splurge from time to time.. it's perfectly acceptable!!

Grilled Jalapeno Popper Topped Chicken
Inspired by Desi - SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl
- Serves 2 -
Printable Recipe 
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons homemade taco seasoning
1 large or 2 small jalapeno peppers, seed and diced
2 Tablespoon cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons shredded Mexican blend cheese
salt and pepper

Rinse chicken and pat dry.  In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lime juice and taco seasoning until well combined.  Place chicken in shallow dish and cover with marinade.  Place in fridge for 2-4 hours.

Preheat grill to 375 degrees F.  Clean and oil grill grates.  In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, jalapeno, and shredded cheese.  Season with salt and pepper; set aside.  Shake off the excess marinade and place chicken directly over the fire on the grill.  Grill 5-8 minutes per side, or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees F.  Evenly top each piece of chicken with the cheese mixture, close the grill lid and allow to grill for another 2 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt.   (Just remember to make sure the chicken registers 160-165 degrees F.)  Remove from grill and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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Debbie said...

I could eat this anytime! Love all things spicy.....

Becki's Whole Life said...

Wow, what a great idea. Jalapenos go great with grilled chicken and this sauce sounds so flavorful.

StephenC said...

You must stop! You're making the rest of us look like amateurs.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Yum! I like this idea a lot more than a jalapeno popper (not at all my favorite thing ever!!) cause the jalapenos are cut up. What a tasty combo! Sounds delicious, looks delicious, I'm drooling over here Jenn!

Mary said...

oh my GOODNESS! My husband would be drooling over this combination. I'm with Andrea, this appeals so much more than a popper does to me.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Lordy, Jenn! This looks totally mouthwatering and EASY! Love your inventive ideas for grilled chicken. I've got to try this soon!

Lynda said...

I love the looks of this chicken. I'm always looking for new ways to cook chicken, so this is a keeper!

Yenta Mary said...

Oh, my word, how utterly decadent!

Big Dude said...

How could not like that indeed!! Sounds fantastic to me.

Angie's Recipes said...

I just pan seared some chicken breast halves! Gotta try your sauce!

Pam said...

Good lord woman! You sure know how to make me drool! My husband and I both would so dig this one.

Lea Ann (Highlands Ranch Foodie) said...

Everything about this sounds wonderful. A must try for us.

Chris said...

Hummada hummada hummada!!!!

Me likey.

Michael Toa said...

I love jalapeno poppers too. We can't really get them here in restaurants in the UK. Maybe in American style Diners.
The chicken looks awesome with the cheesy jalapeno topping. What is not to like? Yum!

Desi said...

Jenn this is absolute beautiful! I love the ooey gooey jalapeno popper mixture on top! Can I have some of this right now? I feel like this will be on the menu soon and very soon.

CD said...

I tried the jalapeno popper topping on shredded chicken tonight, and it was great!! I can't wait to do the whole recipe with grilled chicken.

Jenn said...

That's good to hear, CD! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for letting me know! Always good to hear feed back.