Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole

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Creamy, cheesy, bacony Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole has all of the flavors of the iconic appetizer it’s named after in one delicious dish.

Creamy, cheesy, bacony Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole has all of the flavors of the iconic appetizer it’s named after in one delicious dish.

I’m a big fan of recipes that can get a meal on the table quickly and deliciously. And this Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole fits the bill.

Oftentimes, casseroles get a bad rap. Yes, there are some questionable casserole recipes out there. Vienna Sausage Casserole anyone? But for the most part, they really are an ingenious creation. A one-dish meal served right in the casserole dish that it was baked in. Easy to prepare with easy cleanup. Yay!

This casserole combines all of the flavors of one of the best foods to come out of the 90’s – well that’s when the “Popper” was trademarked – in a creamy, zesty one-dish meal.

I’ve seen several recipes that use pre-cooked shredded chicken, but I prefer cutting the chicken into chunks, seasoning it with some garlic powder, salt, and pepper and then browning quickly before coating with the cream cheese mixture. I like the bigger chunks of chicken. And because the chicken isn’t cooked twice, it stays juicy.

I use fresh jalapeños rather than canned because I like the texture that they provide to the casserole.

Including the Pepper Jack cheese with its sweet peppers, and spices really adds something wonderful to this dish. It has just enough kick, but a really lovely butteriness to help temper some of the heat from the jalapeños.

And the bacon. I mean really, can you have a Popper without bacon. No, is the right answer ;)

Serve with warm cornbread, a side salad or just by itself.

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Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6

Description

Creamy, cheesy, bacony Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole has all of the flavors of the iconic appetizer it’s named after in one delicious dish.


Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups grated pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and cream. Set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil. Add the chicken and brown lightly on all sides, about 6 minutes.
  5. Add the cream cheese mixture and jalapeños into skillet, stirring to coat the chicken.
  6. Transfer to 9×13 baking dish spreading the mixture evenly across the bottom.
  7. Layer the Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar cheese on the top of the chicken mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the crumbed bacon over the top of the cheese.
  9. Bake the casserole for 20 minutes until bubbly and slightly browned.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  11. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Creamy, cheesy, bacony Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole has all of the flavors of the iconic appetizer it’s named after in one delicious dish. #casserole #chickencasserole

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