Tuesday Treats: Creamy Jalapeno-Stuffed Chicken

This quick and easy chicken dish works year-round. If you’re looking for something with a little bite and a little different, give this one a try.

Total time: 1 Hr
Prep time: 25 Min
Cook time: 35 Min

These cream cheese and jalapeño-stuffed chicken breasts are simple enough to make on the spot—but you can easily prepare them as part of a meal.

What You Need
8 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (2 lb.), pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese, divided
2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded, finely chopped
1 egg
3 cups tortilla chips, finely crushed (about 1 cup)
1 cup green salsa

Let’s Make It
1 – Place chicken on work surface. Mix cream cheese, 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese and peppers until blended; spread onto chicken. Roll up tightly, starting at one short end of each breast. Refrigerate up to 8 hours.
2 – Heat oven to 375ºF. Beat egg in shallow dish. Place crushed chips in separate shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg, then roll in crushed chips. Place, seam sides down, in single layer in shallow pan sprayed with cooking spray.
3 – Bake 35 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF). Meanwhile, warm salsa.
4 – Top chicken with remaining shredded cheese. Serve with salsa.

Kitchen Tips
Tip 1 – Variation: Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese and your favorite KRAFT Mexican Style 2% Milk Finely Shredded Cheese.

Tip 2 – Serving Suggestion: Serve with hot steamed broccoli.

Tip 3 = Special Extra: For more heat, do not remove the seeds from the jalapeño peppers before chopping them.

Tip 4 – Note: Chicken roll-ups can be secured with wooden toothpicks before baking if desired. Discard toothpicks before serving chicken.

MY Tip – I use “jarred” jalepenos because I always have them on hand, and I also serve red salsa and taco sauce for those who aren’t into green.

CLICK HERE to get all the nutritional and other details from Kraft’s Food and Family site. This happens to be a Tate family favorite. Miz Katherine will whip this up for any of her boys who wander into the kitchen looking for dinner. And no. None of them eat the broccoli, much to her every-lasting chagrin. 😉 You can read about Katherine Tate and her “machinations” in THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION and BILLIONAIRE COUNTRY. Just click on the covers for the buy links. Clicking will take you to the book’s Harlequin page but links for all the other retailers are listed there. What about you? Do you like a little spice in your food?

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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8 Responses to Tuesday Treats: Creamy Jalapeno-Stuffed Chicken

  1. Maybe if I was twenty years younger. These days, I get heartburn just thinking about jalapenos. But I did used to love me some poppers. Mmmm.

    I love these books so much. But you already knew that.

  2. Sprinkle of Charm says:

    This looks delicious!!

  3. jovialvampyre says:

    This is a keeper for me. I will use hot fresh peppers and red salsa. We like it hot :). Thanks.

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