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Texas Rockets

Prep time 30 mins
Chill time 30 mins
Grill time 30 mins
Yield Makes 1 dozen
You'll want to make more than one batch of these yummy appetizers. For less heat, look for jalapeño peppers with rounded tips.


  • 1/2 pound chicken breast strips
  • 3/4 cup Italian dressing, divided
  • 1/2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 jalapeño peppers (about 3 1/2 to 4 inches long)
  • 12 thin bacon slices

How to Make It

  1. Place chicken and 1/2 cup Italian dressing in a shallow dish or zip-top plastic freezer bag; cover or seal, and chill 30 minutes.

  2. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, over medium heat (300° to 350°) 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until done, basting with remaining 1/4 cup Italian dressing. Let chicken cool slightly, and finely chop.

  3. Stir together chicken, cream cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

  4. Cut jalapeño peppers lengthwise down 1 side, leaving other side intact; remove seeds. Spoon 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons chicken mixture into cavity of each pepper. Wrap each pepper with 1 bacon slice, securing with 2 wooden picks.

  5. Grill stuffed jalapeños, without grill lid, turning frequently, over medium heat 20 to 25 minutes or until bacon is crisp.