Photo: Hector M. Sanchez Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 4 poppers)

Satisy hungry houseguests with a spicy two-bite appetizer stuffed with chicken-cream cheese filling and wrapped in some hickory-smoked bacon.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut each chile 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 chile half, spreading to fill 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Is there a substitute for cilantro?

May 07, 2016
I am wondering about a substitute for the cilantro.  I know many people who do not like it.  Please share.  Thanks,

August 26, 2016
I bet green onions or chives would work well.

August 27, 2016
Removing the seeds & membranes from the peppers reduces the heat, but you can substitute mini sweet peppers for the jalapeños.  And, if you don't like cilantro, just use parsley.

November 19, 2016
a rather ridiculous comment to make, since all appetizers aren't spicy. For people who like spicy bites, this is a great appetizer to make. Don't judge recipes or people because they don't reflect your own taste

Delicious crowd pleaser!

October 02, 2016
A friend brought these to an event I hosted and they were so delicious that I made them the very next day for my family. Since then, I've made these monthly, often 2x a month. Cooking jalapeños really reduces the heat factor - these aren't like eating a raw jalapeño or really hot salsa. If you don't want any heat you can use mini sweet peppers - I do that for my kids and they gobble them up.

Too many spicy recipes and not enough recipes that are mild.

August 14, 2016
Why are all appetizers spicy hot? I, along with a lot of people, cannot eat spicy or piping hot food.