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Dinner Poppers

I could eat jalapeno poppers all day long, but who wants to say they had seven stuffed peppers for dinner? For this meal-in-one, I use poblanos for my husband and son, and hotter peppers for my daughter and me. —Sherri Jerzyk, Tucson, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 bacon strips
  • 4 chicken tenderloins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 4 strips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown tenderloins on both sides. Cool slightly.
  • Carefully cut a slit down the side of each pepper and remove seeds. Fill each with one tenderloin; top each with 2 tablespoons cheese and a strip of cream cheese. Close peppers; wrap with bacon and secure with toothpicks.
  • Place on a foil-lined baking sheet, slit side up. Top with remaining cheddar cheese; bake until browned and peppers are tender, 25-30 minutes. Remove toothpicks before serving.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 389 calories, 30g fat (15g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 682mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.
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  • Sophia
    May 16, 2017

    These were very good. Super easy to clean out the poblanos; they seemed a little larger than the ones pictured in the recipe. I used sauteed chicken tenders (NOT the breaded kind!) and put just a little more chicken in the pepper than called for (hungry guys in my house!). I needed to cook them about 15 minutes longer than called for in the original recipe to get the peppers fully cooked and soft.