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Jalapeno Popper Hasselback Stuffed Chicken with Bacon

This Jalapeno Popper Bacon Hasselback Stuffed Chicken is a quick and easy, healthy recipe with baked chicken breasts smothered in bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar. You can even load up on the filling and create an amazing casserole or dip!

keto low carb jalapeno popper hasselback chicken on a white plate

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I first made this recipe years ago. I’ve since updated the recipe and I have totally fallen back in love with it! This dish is perfect for meal prep! Be sure to pair it with my favorite side dishes noted below.

ingredients for keto low carb jalapeno popper chicken including chopped jalapeno, cream cheese, shredded cheese, and fresh lime

What Type of Chicken to Use

Skinless chicken breasts will work best because they are easy to stuff and are usually the perfect size. I don’t recommend chicken thighs because they are fattier and juicier. This actually doesn’t work well for stuffing. The thighs will fall apart.

cooked bacon on a paper towel, fresh jalapeno, and raw chicken breasts

What is Hasselback?

The name Hasselback comes from a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, named Hasselbacken. This is where the recipe for Hasselback potatoes was introduced. It sounds like a complicated process, but it’s actually easy. You simply cut slices through the top of the food (chicken, potatoes, etc) without slicing through the bottom.

How to Make Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cheese and Bacon

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Combine cream cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped jalapenos, shredded cheese, fresh lime, and green onions in a bowl. Stir.
  2. Slice into the chicken. For hasselback stuffed chicken you will make several horizontal slits into the chicken breast. Cut about ⅔ of the way through the breast and careful not to slice completely through the breast. You can also make a side pocket cut on the side and stuff the chicken that way. That method is illustrated in my Keto Spinach Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken recipe.
  3. Stuff the cream cheese mixture into each of the slits.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  5. Remove the chicken and add shredded cheddar to the top of the breast. Bake until the cheese has melted.
collage photo of raw chicken breasts stuffed with jalapeno popper filling

Bacon Substitutes

  • Turkey Bacon
  • Shrimp
  • Sausage
  • Prosciutto

Additional Veggies and Cheese to Stuff

  • Artichokes
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Apples
  • Gouda Cheese
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese

How Many Carbs

This recipe has 3 net carbs per serving.

keto low carb jalapeno popper hasselback chicken on a white plate

How Many Calories

There are 291 calories per serving in this hasselback chicken. The recipe calls for 2 chicken breasts, about 1 ½ pounds total. One serving is ½ of 1 chicken breast.

keto low carb jalapeno popper hasselback chicken on a white plate

What Temperature to Bake

I like to bake the chicken on 400 degrees. Use a meat thermometer because the cook time will vary based on the size and weight of the chicken breasts. You should cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

keto low carb jalapeno popper hasselback chicken on a white plate

What to Serve with the Chicken

Purple Sweet Potato
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Air Fryer Asparagus
Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
Air Fryer Glazed Carrots
Creamy Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Keto Broccoli Salad
Keto Zucchini Noodle Pasta Salad
Balsamic Green Bean Salad
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Healthy Low-carb jalapeno lime chicken poppers on a white plate

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Maple Glazed Salmon
Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders
Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon
Pan Seared Salmon
Jerk Chicken Thighs
Traeger Smoked Bacon

How to Store the Dish

I like to store the chicken in glass Tupperware in the fridge for up to 4 days. I love to meal prep and cook my meals in advance. Chicken can dry out, as you may already know. To keep the chicken juicy and moist, I squeeze fresh lime onto the chicken each day when I reheat it.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze the chicken tightly sealed and covered for up to 2 months.

keto low carb jalapeno popper hasselback chicken on a white plate
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Jalapeno Popper Hasselback Stuffed Chicken with Bacon

This Jalapeno Popper Bacon Hasselback Stuffed Chicken is a quick and easy, healthy recipe with baked chicken breasts smothered in bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar. You can even load up on the filling and create an amazing casserole or dip!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword hasselbackchicken, jalapeno hasselback chicken, jalapeno popper chicken, jalapeno stuffed chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 291kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 slices cooked and crumbled bacon I used 2 slices of bacon in the filling for the chicken and I used 1 slice to garnish the chicken when it finished cooking.
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup used to stuff the chicken, and 1/4 cup used to sprinkle over the top of the chicken
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh green onions Finely chopped
  • ½ – 1 whole jalapeno Finely chopped, The more jalapeno you use, the spicier the dish. 1/2 jalapeno is very mild.
  • Chicken Rub or Seasoning to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the cream cheese in a bowl and in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften. Combine cream cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped jalapenos, mozzarella, 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar, fresh lime, and green onions in a bowl. Stir.
  • Season one side of each chicken breast and then flip the breasts over.
  • Slice into the chicken. For hasselback stuffed chicken you will make several horizontal slits into the chicken breast. Cut about ⅔ of the way through the breast and be careful not to slice completely through the breast. Make even slits, this will allow the chicken to cook at an even, consistent temperature.
  • Stuff the cream cheese mixture into each of the slits. Season the top of the chicken breasts with the chicken seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until it reaches a temperature of about 140 degrees. Use a meat thermometer. The chicken is not done yet. At this time, you will add the remaining 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Sprinkle it on top of both chicken breasts.
  • Return the chicken to the oven. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven. Feel free to garnish with crumbled bacon and jalapenos.

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Notes

You can use your air fryer for this recipe. Cook the chicken on 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
You can use any chicken seasoning or rub you like. You can also use any combination of your favorite spices.
Stuffing the chicken breasts can get messy. Keep a towel nearby for your hands. If you overstuff the slits in the chicken, you can wipe the excess filling off the top of the chicken with a paper towel.
If you don’t use a meat thermometer you risk preparing chicken that is undercooked and unsafe to eat. Or you risk overcooking it, which results in dry chicken.
If your slits in the chicken are different sizes, your chicken will not cook at an even and consistent temperature.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 0.5chicken breast | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 14g
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Recipe Rating




Brittany

Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Absolutely delicious!!! Adding this to my regular rotation of dinner recipes.

staysnatched

Saturday 1st of January 2022

I'm glad to hear it will be in the rotation.

Katye Brzozowski

Saturday 25th of December 2021

I have made this twice since it’s been posted and it is one of my family’s new favorites. So delicious!

staysnatched

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Awesome! I'm glad you enjoy it.

Chelsea Bordash

Monday 13th of December 2021

Amazing! Extremely flavorful, easy to put together. Definitely going into rotation!

staysnatched

Friday 17th of December 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jordan Klein

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Hello! I have made this several times with chicken breasts, but tonight I only have chicken tenders. I've mixed it all up and have it in a casserole dish but there is a LOT of cheese-y mix, so it seems itll be more of a casserole. How do you suggest I change the bake temp/time for tenders? 30 mins ish?

staysnatched

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

I don't typically bake tenders. A general rule of thumb is chicken should be baked until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees for safety.

Tori

Friday 16th of July 2021

This stuffed chicken is sooo good!! If you don't like spicy food, don't let the Jalapeno scare you. If you just use 1/2 Jalapeno like Brandi says, it is very mild! Love this dish!

staysnatched

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it.