• Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 12

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Poppers

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 Ingredients List

  • 1 pound (usually 2 breasts) boneless skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Barbecue Sauce (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 large Jalapeno Pepper
  • 1 8-ounce package Cream Cheese , softened
  • 13-15 slices Bacon , cut in half horizontally
  • Wooden Toothpicks


On a firm surface, place the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to ½ inch thickness. Place in a zipper plastic bag with the barbecue sauce, squeeze out air before sealing the bag, massage the barbecue sauce into the chicken (from the outside of the bag) and marinate at least 2 hours up to overnight in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with sides with foil, shiny side down (facing the baking sheet). Fit with a baking/cooling rack.
Slice the jalapeno pepper open vertically and remove the stem and inside seeds. Note: wash hands thoroughly after doing this. Slice the pepper vertically into 1/8-inch wide strips. Cut each strip into 1-inch long segments. Set aside.
Remove the chicken from the marinade allowing any excess marinade to drain back into the bag (discard the marinade). Slice the chicken into 1-inch wide strips, and then again into 3 inch lengths.
Place a chicken piece on a work surface and pat the top of the chicken piece with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture from the marinade. Spread 1 teaspoon of cream cheese to cover the top of the chicken piece.
Place one jalapeno pepper ‘stick’ in the middle of the cream cheese spanning the width of the chicken (refer to photos). Fold the chicken piece in half with the cream cheese inside.
Fold the chicken piece in half with the cream cheese inside
Set one ½ slice of bacon on the work surface. Place a stuffed chicken piece with the ends facing down on the bacon and the open sides facing the bacon NOT outward (this allows the open ends to be covered by the bacon when rolled so the stuffing does not easily leak out when cooked) about 1 inch from an end of the bacon.
Gently pull the short end of the bacon over the chicken piece, then roll the chicken and bacon toward the opposite end of the bacon, pulling gently to stretch the bacon slightly as you roll.
Fully enclose the chicken popper in the bacon
Secure with two toothpicks at the exposed end of the bacon through the chicken piece to the opposite side.
Place poppers on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes. Place the baking sheet under the broiler, one rack position down (not the top rack position to be better control broiling and not burn the bacon or toothpicks). Closely monitor the poppers and allow the bacon to begin to crisp and darken about 1 ½- 2 minutes; flip the Bites over and do the same on the opposite side.

Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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