Saturday, May 7, 2016

BBQ Jalapeno Popper Chicken

I absolutely LOVE the Pioneer Woman's BBQ Jalapeno Poppers, but you just can't make a complete meal out of them...well, I could, but for some reason my husband likes to eat meat too :)

I decided to take the general idea of her Popper recipe, stuff it inside the chicken, top with bacon and bbq sauce and then bake it till it got all amazing!  ... and amazing it certainly was!

You will need these things: 

4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
Shredded cheddar (about 1 cup)
cream cheese 6 oz (softened)
flame roasted and chopped jalapeno, or some chopped green chilis, or adobo chilis, whatever floats your boat (use the amount you and your family will enjoy)
bbq sauce
bacon slices cut in half crosswise
1/4 minced onion

Heat a cast iron skillet over med-high heat and cook bacon until just barely crispy, still slighty pliable though. Remove from pan and set aside.

While bacon cooks, mix softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and chopped jalapeno in a medium bowl until well combined.

Saute chopped onion for a few minutes in that luscious bacon grease. ;)  Scoop out of pan leaving drippings behind and stir onions into cheese mixture.  Set aside.

You can see the little extra pieces of "rib meat" trimmed away, you will use that as a topper in a  minute so hang on to that... pay no attention to the "pile" at the top right corner of the cutting board..that's for Stormie (our Boxer). ;)

Preheat your oven to 375.

Cut a slit in top of chicken breast and open out into a "cave" to stuff from the top.  Stuff about 1/8 of the cheese mixture into each chicken breast cave, then add a 1/2 slice of bacon.  Lay a piece of "rib meat" over the bacon and bring up edges.... secure with a toothpick if you need to, but you shouldn't have to.

At this point, I went ahead and popped these in the bacon grease laced cast iron pan

Top with the remaining cheese mixture

Pour some of your favorite BBQ sauce over the top

Cover the skillet with a lid and bake for 35 minutes.  Remove lid and bake 5 more minutes or until chicken test done.  I served this with mashed potatoes, cuz... yum!  I was so excited to eat this that I forgot to photograph it... here is a picture of my leftovers for my husbands lunch. ;)

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