I’d been thinking about this fun spin on chicken boobs since Elly posted it a couple of months ago. Then, Courtney went and mentioned that she’d made it – and already added it to her menu plan again the following week. So, after great reviews from two of my favorite bloggers, I added it to our menu too. And, I’m happy to report that we all loved it too!
I’ve been trying to make the most out of the jalapenos I’ve been plucking from the garden, and this dish really showcased them. It’s spicy – but not too much, the boys still enjoyed it. And, that smokey flavor that’s naturally found in jalapenos really shined through as well. I also loved the technique of browning the breadcrumbs in a skillet with a bit of oil first, then coating the chicken cutlets in the toasted breadcrumbs and finishing off in the oven. Gave it a super crunchy texture – something that’s hard to come by with just baking.
This one is definitely a keeper!
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
4 chicken breasts
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp olive oil
4 jalapenos, chopped (ribs and seeds removed)
1 1/4 cup Panko
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp oregano
Preheat the oven to 375. Place an ovenproof rack onto a rimmed baking dish. Set aside.
In a small skillet over medium heat, combine the panko with the olive oil. Cook, stirring often, until the panko is golden and crispy. Place in a shallowdish, along with the chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Mix to combine.
Now, set up your assembly line: In a shallow dish, lightly beat an egg. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and jalapeños.
Using a pairing knife, cut a pocket into the side of each chicken breast, or horizontally slice the chicken through the center, until it is almost butterflied. Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper, and then divide the cream cheese mixture evenly between each chicken breast. Use toothpicks to secure, if necessary.
Dip the chicken pieces one at a time first into the egg, then into the panko mixture, making sure to coat the chicken completely. Place the chicken on the prepared baking rack and cook for about 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.