Spicy Popper Chicken

I was scanning Pinterest last night when I came across a great recipe.  Jalapeno Popper Chicken looked delicious and easy and worth the little bit of work it would take to whip it up.  I had almost all the ingredients but wanted to mix it up a little and use a few different things.  So I did and here is the result of my endeavor.  I hope you enjoy.

Spicy Popper Chicken

1 cup roasted garlic panko bread crumbs (found these at the local Kroger)

1 1/2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp taco seasoning

2 eggs

4 oz cream cheese. softened

1 cup “taco” cheese mix or pepper jack cheese, shredded

1 oz chopped green chiles or jalapenos if you want more heat.  I didn’t have any jalepenos.

4 chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 350*.  Spray a baking dish (I used a stoneware brownie pan) with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, mix the panko and the taco seasoning.  Toast the panko in a medium skillet with butter.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Put the crumbs in a dredging dish.

In another dredging dish, add the eggs and lightly beat.  Season slightly with salt and pepper.  In a small bowl, mix the cheeses and chiles or jalapenos.

This is the most difficult part of the recipe….

Using a small paring knife, cut a small pocket, horizontally, in the largest part of the chicken breast.  Use your finger to make the pocket as big as you want it to be, taking care not to poke a whole all the way through the breast.  Fill the cavity with the cream cheese mixture and close securely with toothpicks.

Now dredge the chicken breast in the egg mixture and then dip in the panko mixture.   Please make sure you get the chicken completely covered with the crumb mixture as a lot of the flavor comes from the crumbs.  Place the chicken in the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes in preheated oven.

Serve with a spanish rice or a macaroni and cheese.

This is seriously good.  Shannon “doesn’t like cream cheese” but he ate this up!  He also said he didn’t like red velvet cake but that is another story for another day!

Bon Apetit

The recipe I saw first was on this website… (http://ellysaysopa.com/2012/07/24/jalapeno-popper-chicken/)

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