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!
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.
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.