Jalapeño Popper Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
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Jalapeño Popper Chicken: a low carb dinner that will please everyone with roasted chicken, a cheesy jalapeño popper sauce and more cheese and bacon on top!

Jalapeno Popper Chicken in a baking dish topped with cheese, bacon and jalapeños.

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I wish they had scratch and sniff screens already, because you would be drooling at one whiff of this Jalapeño Popper Chicken! 

It’s an epically good low carb dinner recipe that everyone will love — no matter if they are eating low carb or not. 

It’s loaded with flavor and has an insanely rich creamy sauce that you bake on top of the chicken

PLUS, there is bacon. And anytime there is bacon, you know it’s going to be good. 

Jalapeno Popper Chicken cut into slices on a plate.

The first time I made this Jalapeño Popper Chicken, Jorge almost licked his plate clean.

It’s one of his favorite low carb dinners and he asks me to make it all the time!  

It’s great because it has a ton of fat if you are on the keto diet, but is very low in carbs. 

You can easily halve the recipe or make the full recipe to have leftovers for lunches. 

Chicken breasts in casserole dish with salt and pepper.

We like to make this Jalapeño Popper Chicken with thinly cut chicken breasts. 

It cooks quicker than full chicken breasts and it is a great sauce to chicken ratio!

However, you can also use chicken thighs or regular chicken breasts. 

Whatever cut of chicken you pick, just make sure not to overcook it and dry it out. 

Use a meat thermometer if you have one to ensure you bake it just until it reaches the correct temperature.

(You want your chicken to reach an internal temp of 165°F.)

Sauce for the Jalapeno Popper Chicken in a large skillet.

This Jalapeño Popper Chicken has a super creamy, cheesy sauce we add on top. 

It’s loaded with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, bacon and jalapeños. 

If you like things extra spicy, you can absolutely add extra jalapeños to suit your tastes. 

Also, to really bump up the heat, cut the peppers whole, leaving the fiery seeds inside! 

Jalapeno Popper Chicken in a baking dish.

If you are looking for more low carb dinners, check out some of our other favorite recipes:

Lemon Caper Chicken – serve this with mashed cauliflower and roasted asparagus and it is an amazing restaurant worthy dinner!

Sheet Pan Roasted Lemon Chicken – this is a one pan dish! Your veggies and chicken cook all together on one sheet pan. 

Keto Beef and Broccoli – we serve this over cauliflower rice! 

Roasted Poblano Chicken Cauliflower Soup – one of our favorite low carb soups. It’s filling and full of flavor! Also, it stores great for up to a week, so it’s a great meal prep low carb dinner! 

Sliced jalapeno popper chicken on a dinner plate.

This Jalapeño Popper Chicken is absolutely delicious and sure to be a hit with any jalapeño popper lovers! 

Serve it with sautéed green beans, roasted vegetables, mashed cauliflower, or even steamed broccoli! 

This recipe is low carb, gluten free and perfect for the keto diet. However, it tastes so good no one will realize it fits into any of those categories! 

When you try it, please leave a comment below sharing how it turns out for you! 

Jalapeno Popper Chicken cut into slices on a plate.
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Yield: 4 servings

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Recipe

Jalapeño Popper Chicken: a low carb dinner with roasted chicken, a cheesy jalapeño popper sauce and more cheese and bacon on top!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes


  • 6 thin boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs chicken)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 slices thick bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and minced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place chicken breast in a greased 9X13 casserole dish. Lightly salt and pepper both sides. Bake for about 20 minutes, until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165°F. 
  • While chicken is baking, fry bacon pieces until crispy in a large skillet. Remove bacon, crumble and set aside. 
  • Remove extra bacon grease from pan, leaving approximately 1/2 tablespoon behind. Add onion and jalapeño, saute until tender. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute more. 
  • Add cream cheese, mayonnaise, 1 cup cheddar cheese, half of the crumbled bacon, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined and everything is melted together. 
  • Once chicken is cooked through, remove chicken from oven, spread jalapeño popper mixture all over each chicken breast until well covered. 
  • Top with remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake for 5 more minutes or until topping is melted. Serve immediately!



Serving: 1, Calories: 779kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 69g, Fat: 59g, Cholesterol: 279mg, Sodium: 1412mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g


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Can you make this ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake?


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This was delicious! My whole family enjoyed it and I was able to stay on my diet. Thanks!

I made this but I fried the chicken first. I used gluten free honey mustard pretzels as a breading. It was very good

“It’s great because it has a ton of fat”
Yea… basic health will tell you no. That’s not how being healthy works. As tasty as it looks like it is, being high in fat isn’t “great” for any reason. That aside, this looks amazing and I can’t wait to try this (minus the bacon).

5 stars
This was absolutely amazing everyone loved it

My family loved it – thanks!

great dish and great flavors, thank you for this recipe spicey jalapenos and bacon are just what boneless skinless chicken breasts most need

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