This jalapeno popper chicken is chicken breasts stuffed with a jalapeno cheese mixture, then wrapped in bacon and baked to crispy perfection. An easy low carb meal that’s a total crowd pleaser!

I can’t get enough of jalapeno poppers – whether it’s bacon wrapped poppers, popper dip or jalapeno popper mac and cheese, I love it all! This jalapeno popper chicken is full of those great creamy and spicy flavors and looks impressive enough to serve to company.

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Jalapeno popper chicken stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon.

Jalapeno poppers are one of my guilt pleasures – I just love that creamy, spicy crispy combination. When you add bacon to the mix, it’s even better! This jalapeno popper chicken has all of those great flavors in a low carb, keto friendly dinner that will have everyone asking for seconds.

How do you make jalapeno popper chicken?

There are a few steps to making this chicken, the first of which is to make the filling. The filling is a combination of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and seasonings. I use fresh diced jalapenos, but you can use pickled jalapenos if you prefer. I remove the seeds and ribs before dicing the jalapenos which tempers the heat quite a bit and makes this meal more kid friendly. If you prefer a spicy chicken, leave the seeds and ribs in the peppers when you cut them up.

Cheddar cheese, cream cheese and diced jalapenos in a bowl.

How do you stuff a chicken breast?

The cream cheese jalapeno mixture goes inside the chicken breasts. The easiest way to stuff a chicken breast is to cut a deep pocket into one side of the breast. Be sure not to cut all the way through to the other side. Spoon the filling into the pocket making sure you fill it completely. Then you can wrap your chicken in bacon and put it in the oven.

Chicken breasts filled with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and jalapenos.

The bacon helps to hold that filling inside the chicken as it bakes, although some of the filling will escape during the cooking process which is normal. I use two slices of bacon to wrap each chicken breast, and you want to make sure that the bacon is wrapped fairly tightly so that everything will hold together in the oven. If you’re concerned, you can add a few toothpicks to secure the bacon to the chicken breasts, but I think it works just fine without having to use them.

Chicken wrapped in slices of raw bacon to be baked in the oven.

The jalapeno popper chicken needs to bake until the chicken is cooked through and the bacon is crisp. If your chicken is done but the bacon has not crisped up to your liking, you can turn on the broiler for a few minutes to cook the bacon.

Bacon wrapped chicken breasts on a sheet pan.

What do you serve with jalapeno popper chicken?

I typically serve my jalapeno popper chicken over mashed potatoes and a green vegetable such as broccoli or asparagus. If you’re eating low carb, you can serve the chicken with mashed cauliflower. This chicken is even great sliced up and served over a salad or in a sandwich.

Bacon wrapped jalapeno popper chicken served with mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Jalapeno popper chicken is a must-make recipe; that smoky bacon and cheesy filling just can’t be beat! If you love jalapeno poppers the way I do, you’ll definitely want to put this chicken on your dinner menu soon.

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5 from 28 votes

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
Jalapeno popper chicken stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon.
This jalapeno popper chicken is chicken breasts stuffed with a jalapeno cheese mixture, then wrapped in bacon and baked to crispy perfection. An easy low carb meal that's a total crowd pleaser!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 6


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapeno peppers remove pepper seeds and ribs before dicing
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 slices bacon do not use thick cut bacon
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and garlic powder in a bowl; stir to combine.
  • Cut a deep pocket into each chicken breast, taking care not to cut all the way through to the other side.
  • Fill the pocket of each chicken breast with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Season the outside of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Wrap each chicken breast tightly with two slices of bacon and place the chicken on the sheet pan.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is crisp. You can broil the chicken for 3-4 minutes to crisp up the bacon if needed.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. then slice and serve.


Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 562mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best chicken recipe I have ever made! My guys loved it. I had thin sliced chicken so I put the filling on the chicken and rolled it and wrapped in bacon. Worked great! Next time I will try it the regular way. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe! I make it all the time! The only tweak I do is lightly sautéing the peppers with some garlic before hand for added flavor. Tonight I’ll be making this for my in-laws (leaving out the jalapeño in one breast for my mil).

  3. 5 stars
    thank you for this recipe!!! My whole family loves it. I put it in the broiler longer and flip it in there to get the bacon crispy! Yuuuuummmm

  4. 5 stars
    How well does this freeze? I’m pregnant and prepping/ freezing meals to make things easier on our family. So just curious, if I could make this in advance and freeze it.

  5. 5 stars
    I made ir exactly as described. It’s really delicious– the chicken was moist, and it’s creamy, spicy and bacony. New staple at my house, Thank you!.

  6. 5 stars
    what a very simple meal to throw together. I added creole seasoning to the skin side of breast then wrapping it with bacon. Also I pan fried each side of breast then in the oven to finish cooking.. Great dish..

  7. 5 stars
    So good, I was kinda afraid of the mixture wish I would have added more to my chicken breast definitely delicious.

  8. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit left out the jalapeño for my kids ones it they were just as good will definitely be making this again thank for sharing your recipe

  9. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe! We cook it in the broiler the last 3 min to make bacon crispy! Definitely recommend!!

  10. 5 stars
    Made this last night for dinner. Very good! I like my bacon crispier so I think next time I would cook under broil a little longer or cook it on the grill using some kind of pan underneath. I also used Boursin cheese and added some diced up shallots. Very good and easy to make.

    1. You could but just be aware the filling will be more likely to spill out without the bacon holding everything together.