Party Poppers


  • 12 medium jalapenos
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 12 hickory-smoked bacon slices, cut in half
  • 24 wooden picks

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Cut each jalapeno in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes.

Step 2: Stir together cream cheese, chicken, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.  Spoon 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons chicken mixture into each jalapeno half, spreading to fill each cavity.  Wrap each half with a bacon piece, and secure with a wooden pick.  Place poppers on a lightly greased wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.

Step 3: Bake in preheated oven until bacon begins to crisp and chiles are softened, about 25 minutes.  Increase oven temperature to broil, and broil until bacon is crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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