Jalapeño Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts is one of my favorite chicken dishes of all time! Stuffing yummy ingredients into the middle of the chicken adds a nice spicy kick. Change up your go-to chicken recipe with this easy, creamy and totally delicious dinner option!
Some days I picture myself in a Family Circus comic, where you can see the path of footprints through the house with all of the unnecessary turns and stops all the way through. If I tracked my steps around this house in a single day, it would be hilarious! Back, forth, around in circles, up, down, repeat. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE IT. I love being at home with my boys, and even on the rough days I feel like I appreciate almost every little moment with them. There will be a day when I will miss this circus, and I always try to remember that.
So here, as I imagine my comic strip, in my circus-like kitchen, with the performers doing acrobatics around me, I made this totally yummy stuffed chicken. I loved how easy it was to make because it turned out sooo good, you guys! And not "too" spicy (i.e., not too spicy to serve to guests). But easily made more spicy at the same time for those of you who love the heat.
MAKING SPICY STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS
I hope you enjoy this low-carb chicken recipe - it's a perfect dinner recipe!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Grab your sharp knife, and on the cutting board, slice into the middle of each of the chicken breasts, cut a slit horizontally - careful not to go all the way through to the other side.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add jalapenos and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes.
Add cream cheese to the skillet and stir until cheese is melted. Add cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
Divide the mixture between the 6 breasts and spoon into openings. Seal the ends and secure with toothpicks. Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove toothpicks and serve warm.
You are simply making a pocket into the chicken breast so be gentle when slicing.
You want to use larger chicken breasts in this recipe. Chicken thighs won't work as well.
Mix in a little parmesan cheese into the cream cheese!
This cream cheese mixture is delicious but here's some great variations to the recipe to mix into the cream cheese!
Chop up some spinach or steamed broccoli and mix in. Make sure the broccoli florets are chopped up nice and small to fit well into the mixture.
Diced mushrooms would be delicious for those who enjoy them.
Dice some roasted red peppers into the mixture
HOW TO DECREASE THE SPICE IN THIS RECIPE
This is not a super spicy recipe. The combined mixture of cream cheese and cheddar cheese reduces the heat from the chopped jalapenos, but simply halve or remove the chopped jalapenos from the recipe and you can still enjoy tons of great flavor in this meal.
And if you can’t get ENOUGH spice, go make these Jalapeno Poppers! If you are a fan of stuffed chicken, then Mama Gourmand shares this delicious looking meal where you take the ever popular spinach artichoke dip and create it into a main dish that is sure to be enjoyed. Head over to Mama Gourmand and check out the Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe.
To reheat, I advise doing so in the oven vs the microwave. Place the stuffed breasts into a baking dish and place into a 350F preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until heated through.
HOW TO STORE STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS
Got leftovers? Add them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge for about 3-4 days.
COMPLETE THE MEAL BY ALSO MAKING
if you are looking to continue with a low-carb meal, then prepare these tasty and healthy Zoodles and Mushrooms! Easy Peasy Asparagus is also going to pair perfectly. Feta Mashed Potatoes or Caprese Pasta Salad are also excellent side dishes, just not quite as healthy, but so delicious!
OTHER DELICIOUS CHICKEN RECIPES
I like to buy bulk chicken packs at Costco - both chicken breasts and thighs work. It's affordable and so versatile for cooking! Here's some great ways to put that chicken to use.