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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Just as it sounds, a chicken stuffed with a jalapeno cheese mixture, fried to make it a little crispy then finished off in the oven. Not too hot for the kids (or me) as I only used one pepper. Think if you want some more heat, 2 peppers would be more appropriate. And I am sure the healthier version would not include the frying first, but I wasn't going for health points on this meal! Pretty basic list of ingredients, most of which you probably already have.
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Place softened cream cheese in bowl and add some cheddar cheese and the seeded and chopped jalapeno. In the thickest part of the chicken breast cut a horizontal pocket. Fill with as much cream cheese mixture as you can. I try to slide my knife down to the smaller part of the chicken if I am able, careful not to tear through. I found it easier to take some of the cream cheese mixture and roll it into a long log and then place it in the chicken breast. If you need to, place a toothpick to hold together. Roll chicken in a well beaten egg and coat in seasoned bread crumbs. Warm oil up and once the oil is hot place into pan. Cook on each side until nice and golden brown. If you want to fry till cooked through the internal temperature should read at least 165 degrees. I placed in the oven at 350 and baked for 3o minutes.
Delicious! This is an easy recipe and not too many ingredients necessary to add some good flavor to your chicken!
Just in case you still need some convincing...

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

3-4 Large chicken breast
1 package (8oz) softened cream cheese
1-2 seeded and diced jalapeno peppers
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup cooking oil

Mix together cream cheese, cheese, peppers. In the largest portion of the chicken breast make a large cut. Stuff cream cheese mixture into the chicken. Secure chicken with toothpicks if necessary. Roll chicken in beaten egg and then coat with bread crumbs. Fry in pan till internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees, or after browning place in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until no longer pink.

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