Jalapeno and Cheese Grilled Chicken This simple but unique flavor combination for grilled chicken is easy to make but packs in a ton of flavor. So simple, delicious, and easy, this recipe is a keeper.
We like to serve this chicken with Cajun Sausage Dirty Rice or Creamy Broccoli Slaw.
Jalapeno and Cheese Grilled Chicken
This is an easy grilled chicken recipe with smokey bacon, jalapenos, and cheese. The recipe as written calls for brining the chicken breasts. However, when I’m short on time I skip that step and really can’t tell the difference in taste.
Jalapenos add a nice spice to the grilled chicken while the cheese adds a smooth and creamy component. Who doesn’t love bacon? Bacon adds extra flavor. I think you’ll agree after one taste this chicken will become a favorite.
Ingredients you’ll need.
- Jalapenos – fresh or pickled.
- Cheese. Provolone or your favorite.
- Seasoning – black pepper, garlic, paprika
Tools you’ll need
- Toothpicks or skewers
Jalapeno and Cheese Grilled Chicken Tips
Chicken with bacon, jalapenos, and cheese, what could be better? It is super easy (but it’s impressive enough for guests). It has great flavors. It’s juicy with a seared-and-salty outside. And, did I mention it’s quick? Chicken breasts without bones cook faster than most people think. If you’re unsure, get this instant-read thermometer.
Chicken is done when the inside reaches 165 degrees F. Most recommend taking it off between 155 and 160 degrees F and allowing it to rest. As it rests the temperature will initially rise and reach 165 before it starts falling.
And, yes, grill extra for leftovers, This chicken is great on a salad or in a sandwich.
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Jalapeno and Cheese Grilled Chicken
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- 4 chicken breast butterflied and pounded thin
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- water for brining Brining is optional
- 8 slices bacon
- 2 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoon garlic powder or minced garlic
- 2 Tablespoon paprika
- fresh or pickled jalapenos? we liked fresh, sliced thinly, best about 1/3 cup
- provolone cheese slices one for each chicken breast
- Heat grill to 350 degrees.
- Remove chicken from brine and wash to remove some of the salt.
- Butterfly chicken then pound thin. Wrap bacon around chicken and secure with a toothpick. Season chicken and bacon with pepper, garlic, and paprika. Grill until meat thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 150 degrees. Add jalapenos then cheese and heat until cheese melts. Enjoy!
Jalopeno and cheese is a perfect combination! Thank you so much for sharing this perfect chicken recipe! Love it!
A moist and juicy chicken recipe with just a bit of zing.
Recipe has a lovely kick to it.
Morrissa Clanahan says
Can these be fixed in the oven? Give directions.
Yes, chicken usually bakes at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes
Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen says
Looks and sounds delicious! Thank you for trying both jalapenos and letting us know! I will be trying this on the grill!
Kara Mcgraw says
can they be baked in the oven?
Yes, I would have to use a oven-safe thermometer, I over cook chicken in the oven other wise.
I made these today…trial run before a barbeque this weekend and I used some chicken thighs and 2 breasts.Is it possible the recipe was posted using too much salt for the brine?ALL the pieces came out REALLY salty..as in uneatable salty.Has anyone else tried the recipe as posted?Is it possible to NOT brine the breasts…would they be ok doing everything else WITHOUT the brining?
Yes, you can totally do it without brining or you can cut down the salt. That’s how we make them, but maybe we like things salty :/ You can leave that step out and pick up from there. Hope this helps!
I made these yesterday, and I agree with Bobbie, they were way too salty, and we like salty food. Otherwise they were very good. Next time I will cut the salt in the brine by at least half, maybe more.
Thanks for the feedback! I’ll make note of this in the recipe. We like salty food too, maybe I like it more than I realized.
Puzzled about why you split the breasts if you’re not placing anything on the inside?I was expecting that the peppers,cheese or some bacon would be placed inside as well as wrapped around the outside.
Simply to make them thinner in order to cook faster.The breast I got were huge and really thicker than I like to work with.
These look delicious! !!
These look awesome! I love anything with spice and bacon! This will be pinned to my Yummers board! Thanks!
this looks amazing. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post.
This is the chicken for me! I love jalapeños!!! Must try this!
This chicken looks super delicious! I love spicy food so the jalapenos are right up my ally. Thanks so much for linking up to Marvelous Mondays! 🙂
These look FABULOUS!!!! I so have to try!
Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
Tiffany- DontWastetheCrumbs says
Visiting from Flour Me with Love… these look so good! Slap these babies on some homemade buns and I'm in LOVE!
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
This sounds absolutely wonderful and right up my alley! Pinned!