Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min./batch


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 01, 2023
My husband is not crazy about chicken, but one of his favorite snacks are Jalapeno Poppers, so I created this dinnertime recipe to give our chicken plenty of flavor. He loves it cooked this way and best of all is the quick cooking with little cleanup! — Donna Gribbins, Shelbyville, Kentucky
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 thick-sliced bacon strips


  1. Preheat air fryer to 375°. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese and jalapeno. Cut a pocket horizontally in the thickest part of each chicken breast. Fill with cheese mixture. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Wrap 2 bacon strips around each chicken breast; secure with toothpicks.
  2. In batches, place chicken on a greased tray in air-fryer basket, seam side down. Cook until a thermometer inserted into chicken reads 165°, 14-16 minutes, turning once. Let stand 5 minutes. Discard toothpicks before serving.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 stuffed chicken breast: 518 calories, 33g fat (15g saturated fat), 171mg cholesterol, 1150mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 51g protein.