50 min 4
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Chicken
These chicken breasts get a healthy dose of spice from the chopped jalapeño, while the cream cheese mellows the heat. Serve with a side of Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.
4 (4-ounce) boneless chicken breasts
¾ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
4 jalapeño peppers, halved
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 bacon slices
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil
TipsDouble this recipe and freeze each bacon-wrapped chicken breast individually for a quick meal on a busy night. Heat the oven to 400°F and cook the frozen breast for an extra 5 to 7 minutes (25 to 27 minutes total). If you defrost the chicken first, keep to the original cooking time.
Directions Preparing:30 minCooking:20 min
Step 1Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Step 2On a flat surface, cut each chicken breast in half horizontally. Do not cut all the way through the other side. Open the breasts flat.
Step 3Spread an equal amount of cream cheese over each of the butterflied breasts.
Step 4Top each with two jalapeño halves. Sprinkle with onion powder and garlic. Fold the breasts closed. Wrap each breast with two bacon slices. Secure with toothpicks. Season the outside of the breasts with the salt and pepper.
Step 5Place the bacon-wrapped chicken in a baking pan. Drizzle with the olive oil.
Step 6Put the pan into the preheated oven. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165°F.
Step 7Remove the pan from the oven. Allow the chicken to rest for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the toothpicks from the meat and serve.
Nutrition Facts (per serving of 3:1)