Jalapeno Popper-Stuffed Chicken

1h 15 min
4 servings

A jalapeno popper (with a smear of cream cheese) turns a chicken cutlet into a crunchy, creamy and spicy roll-up. Serve with a side of ranch dressing to complete the dish.



frozen jalapeno poppers
cutlets thin chicken, ⅛-inch thick (about 4-oz. each; pounded if needed)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
ounce cream cheese, at room temperature
cup all-purpose flour
large egg
cup plain breadcrumbs
tbsp olive oil


Step 1

Cook the jalapeno poppers according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

Step 2

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400ºF. Set a baking rack into a rimmed baking sheet.

Step 3

Sprinkle the cutlets with salt and pepper. Put smooth side-down on a work surface with the short ends parallel to the edge of the countertop. Spread a fourth of the cream cheese over a cutlet, leaving about a ¼-inch border. Lay a jalapeno popper across the short end closest to you and roll up to enclose the popper. Secure with a 6-inch wooden skewer. Sprinkle the cutlet with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining cutlets, cream cheese and poppers.

Step 4

Put the flour in a shallow dish. Beat the egg until very loose in a second shallow dish. Put the breadcrumbs in a third shallow dish.

Step 5

Coat the chicken roll-ups in the flour and the dip in the egg, letting any excess drip off. Then fully coat in the breadcrumbs. Transfer to a plate.

Step 6

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the roll-ups in the skillet, seam-side down, and cook until golden brown on all sides, turning as needed, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to the rack on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Step 7

Remove the skewers from the chicken, cut each roll-up in half and serve.

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