I love jalapeno poppers. And I love chicken. So when I found this recipe on skinnytaste I knew I had to make it! So I made a couple changes and invited some friends over and everyone loved it! Same kick you would find in jalapeno poppers alone. This is less fat then going out and ordering jalapenos poppers as an appetizer and chicken for dinner! If you are not a fan of really hot food, then scrap the seeds out of the jalapenos, but for an extra kick leave about half of them (or all if you are brave) in the mix!
I served this meal with a side of Spanish rice to keep the spicy feeling going. You can also grill up some vegetables to toss on the other side.
Here is what you will need:
- 3 medium jalapeno peppers diced
- 3 oz of fat free cream cheese (take out about 20 minutes before cooking to allow for softening)
- 4 oz shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese or your favorite cheese
- 2 medium scallions diced
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast sliced in half and pounded thin to 1/4 inch (you can buy 8 already precut thin chicken breast cutlets or use that pent up aggression with a meat mallet)
- 1/2 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 pepper
- 1/4 crushed red pepper
Here is what you do:
- Preheat your over to 450 degrees F. Mix together the cream cheese, Mexican shredded cheese, scallions, jalapenos, and crushed red pepper. Mix together until completely blended.
- Set up your work stations to make everything run smoothly. On one end place the chicken cutlets, cream cheese mix, and toothpicks. Next in a shallow bowl pour the bread crumbs in and then finally the dish you are going to bake the chicken in.
- First season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Then spoon 2 tbsp of the cream cheese mixture onto each chicken cutlet. Now roll all the chicken up and make sure to put a toothpick into each end to keep the mix from completely pouring out while cooking.
- Now move on to the next station and roll each chicken cutlet in the bread crumbs and place them in the baking pan which needs to be lightly greased with olive oil spray. If you want to use the lime and olive oil mix from the original recipe, but I left that out of mine. Once you are all done covering the chicken, lightly spray the chicken and then pop in the oven for 25 minutes.
Now the original recipe serves 4 people, but I thought just one piece of chicken was enough with all the flavor and spice so I do 8 servings for this recipe. The pp for this recipe is 5pp for a piece of chicken. My family absolutely loved this recipe! Enjoy =]