Bacon-Wrapped, Jalape\u00f1o Popper-Stuffed Grilled Chicken Breasts

Inspired by the beloved flavors of jalapeno poppers, these creamy stuffed chicken breasts are wrapped in bacon and grilled. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

A fair question: who doesn't like jalapeño poppers? This chicken is filled with a cream cheese and sour cream mix that's specked with roasted jalapeños, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Then, it's wrapped in bacon and grilled over indirect heat for a smoky finish. Check out our whole series of stuffed chicken recipes for more inspiration!

Why this recipe works:

  • Pounding the chicken breast halves and trimming them into an even rectangular shape makes stuffing and rolling easier.
  • Kitchen twine works better than toothpicks to hold these rolls together.

Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeño Popper-Stuffed Grilled Chicken Breasts

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
Special equipment:Meat pounder, kitchen twine
This recipe appears in: Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeño Popper-Stuffed Grilled Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped, canned jalapenos, preferably fire-roasted
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, jalapenos, and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. 2

    Using a sharp knife, butterfly the chicken breast halves: Slice along the length of each breast, and, working parallel to the cutting board, continue slicing until nearly all the way through (but not completely), so that each breast opens like a book.

  3. 3

    Set each butterflied chicken breast half on a sheet of plastic wrap. Cover with another sheet of plastic wrap and, using a meat pounder, pound each breast to a 1/4-inch thickness. Remove plastic and trim each chicken breast to form an even rectangle. Spread 2 tablespoons of filling over each chicken breast, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edges. Roll each breast lengthwise, wrap with a strip of bacon, and secure at 3/4-inch intervals with kitchen twine. Season chicken all over with salt and pepper.

  4. 4

    Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over half of coal grate, placing a drip pan in an area without direct heat. Set cooking grate in place and cover grill Alternately, if you are using a gas grill, pre-heat to medium- high. Allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

  5. 5

    Place chicken directly on the grates on the cool part of the grill, over the drip pan. On a gas grill, place chicken on the upper rack to cook with the drip pan underneath. Watch chicken closely, turning, to avoid flare-ups. When chicken is nearly done cooking, while watching attentively, give it a final sear over direct heat, making it doesn’t catch fire, so the bacon fully crisps. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 155°F when checked with an instant read thermometer.

  6. 6

    Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Remove twine and serve, passing extra filling for dipping.

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