Friday, January 4, 2013

Crock Pot Jalapeno Popper Chicken

It's funny but I never had a Jalapeno Popper until I met my husband. Back then it was his appetizer of choice but it had to be the cream cheese popper, not cheddar. I on the other hand fell in love with the cheddar poppers. Tonight's dinner was inspired by both types. This dish combines cream cheese and cheddar along with chicken and a touch of bacon. It turned out fantastic. I also loved that I was able to lighten up the recipe to make it Weight Watcher friendly. I wish I would've thought to make this years ago!

Crock Pot Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Heavily Adapted from Midwest Living
Serves 3-4
Cal 331, Fat 17g, Carbs 2.6g, Fiber 0g, Protein 43g

3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/8teaspoon salt
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup sliced pickled jalapeno chili peppers, drained
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
4 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened and cut into cubes
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
2 slices regular bacon or turkey bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled

Sprinkle chicken with chili powder and salt.
Arrange chicken in a 4 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker.
Pour broth and lemon juice around chicken.
Top with drained jalapeno pepper.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Transfer chicken and jalapeno pepper to a serving platter, reserving cooking liquid.
Cover chicken and keep warm.
If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting.
For sauce, in a small bowl, combine cornstarch and the water; stir into cooking liquid.
Add cream cheese and cheddar cheese whisking until combined.
Cover and cook about 15 minutes more or until thickened. Top chicken with sauce and crumbled bacon. Serve over hot cooked rice or noodles. Enjoy!


  1. This looks great! I pinned it to one of my food boards to try later.

    I would love if you would share on Inspired Weekends, open through Thursdays!

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  2. Thanks, Katie! I'll be sure to swing by your page!

  3. Hi Bridget,
    I can't wait to try this recipe, it looks so full of flavors that we love. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I love that this is a recipe that you may have the ingredients on hand and can through this together. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  5. Oh yummy! Loving this! Definitely pinning so I can try this soon. :)

    Thank you for linking up with Marvelous Mondays!


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