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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers w/ Creamy Gorgonzola Dip

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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers

Happy Cinco de Mayo week!

This week’s posts are all in honor of the Mexican holiday. Olé!

These peppers are fiery and flavorful and won’t last long, especially if you take them to a party this Saturday!

I actually had to make two batches just so I could have the pictures to post! The first round was devoured by the fam last night.

Anywho, have y’all noticed that buffalo chicken something or another has been all over the place lately? It seems that Pinterest has been overloaded with different recipes such as buffalo chicken dip, buffalo chicken cheese balls, and buffalo chicken lettuce wraps.

Not that I’m complaining or anything. I love buffalo chicken stuff just as much as the next person, as you can see from this recipe.

As I was brainstorming for this week’s menu, it occurred to me that I had never seen a recipe for buffalo chicken jalapeno poppers. I adore the regular ones, and thought that they would be even better when stuffed with buffalo chicken! So I made them, loved them, then googled them to see if there were other recipes out there.

Yeah…there definitely were a lot BUT none that I saw were anywhere close to mine in the terms of quality of ingredients or in health.

My peppers are stuffed with freshly grilled chicken, fresh veggies, and creamy Gorgonzola cheese then served alongside a cool and dreamy (M-word free) gorgonzola dipping sauce.

Simple, delicious, and addictive.

Note: The heat levels can definitely be adjusted to taste. The most important part about this recipe is making sure you remove ALL of the seeds and ALL of the white membranes in the peppers. Those two places are where most (if not all) of the heat is, so be sure to do this. Unless you want them super spicy, if so, then by all means leave in the membranes. Yesterday’s batch wasn’t hot enough for me, so I drizzled them with more hot sauce. Today’s batch were perfect just the way the recipes calls for. Also, you may want to wear gloves too! I didn’t and my hands are still on fire from removing the seeds :/

P.S. The back end of my blog is doing something to my photos and is completely washing them out today. Grrrrr. The original pics are bright and colorful, but the ones in this post are washed out and faded. I’m going to have to do something about that…later. So, super sorry if that bothers you (like it does me).

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled buffalo chicken and creamy gorgonzola are stuffed into fiery jalapenos
Servings 20
Calories 55 kcal
Author Slim Pickin's Kitchen

Ingredients

For the Chicken & Marinade

  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 large raw chicken breast or 2 small

For the Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

  • 1/3 cup fat-free plain greek yogurt
  • ½ cup fat-free sour cream
  • ½ cup gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper

For the Filling & Peppers

  • Marinated chicken breast
  • ½ fresh red bell pepper
  • 1 large celery stalk
  • 1 handful chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ block neufatel or fat-free cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • parkay spray

Instructions

  1. Mix all marinade ingredients together, pour over chicken breast, and marinate for 15-30 mins.
  2. While chicken is marinating, mix all dip ingredients together, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°.
  4. Preheat grill pan over med-high heat.
  5. Once pan is screaming hot, grill chicken breast, about 5-6 minutes on each side. Remove from heat, place on a plate or cutting board and cover with tin foil. Let rest for a minimum of 5 minutes so the juices can redistribute.
  6. While chicken is resting, slice jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds and membranes.
  7. Place on non-stick cookie sheet until ready to stuff.
  8. Chop bell pepper, celery, and fresh herbs and mix with cream cheese, gorgonzola cheese, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  9. Dice chicken into small cubes and add to cheese mixture, stirring until well incorporated.
  10. Stuff jalapenos.
  11. Mix bread crumbs and cheddar cheese together.
  12. Sprinkle each stuffed pepper with the bread crumb mixture, spray with parkay spray, and bake for 25 minutes.
  13. Drizzle with hot sauce, if desired.
  14. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*WWpts and WWpts+= 1 pt per serving*

Nutrition Facts
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments
  • Danielle @ FoodosaurusRex
    April 30, 2012

    YUM!! I made stuffed peppers a few years ago (jalapeños, poblanos, etc) with a cream-cheese filling and didn’t take the time to scrape out much of the seeds… so spicy!! These look really yummy 🙂

    • amber
      May 1, 2012

      OMG! Yeah, if you don’t take the seeds out you are in for a spice fest! I remember my dad bit into a fresh chile pepper that he had picked straight out of the garden one year and it was one of the worst mistakes of his life! It was actually quite hysterical! 😉

  • OishiiTreats
    May 10, 2012

    I love jalapeno poppers. even tho I’m a vegetarian lol I would totally make this with fake chicken and use the gorgonzola. never had poppers with gorgonzola dipping sauce, sounds amazing!

    • amber
      May 10, 2012

      Thanks! I’m sure these will be totally fine with any kind of fake chicken. That junk is good! Let me know how it works!

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