Crusted Chicken with Zesty Jalapeno Sauce

by Lori Hart on May 12, 2013

You know those days when you have just pulled chicken breasts from the fridge and now you’re standing there wondering “what would go good with chicken tonight?”  or “baked chicken again? HELP!” There are so many recipes for chicken out there that it can make your head spin. This crusted chicken recipe pairs moist chicken with a creamy & zesty sauce. 

Well, help is here! I recently had this dilemma and after looking in the fridge so long that my ears started getting cold, I pulled out some leftovers and got to work. This recipe is adapted from Elly Says Opa’s recipe but instead of using my popper ingredients as a stuffing, I changed it a bit and made it a sauce to put on top of my chicken. Then my husband said “Let’s add bacon” and it went into the sauce as well. 

Crusted Chicken Ingredients
5 strips of bacon
1 cup corn meal
1 egg, beaten
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise
1 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and diced
1 cup chicken broth
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1/4 cup chive & onion flavored cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup plain cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Cook the bacon until crispy. Set the bacon fat aside… You’ll use it later. Chop the bacon and set it aside.

Heat another large deep skillet with olive oil. 

Put the egg and corn meal in two different coating trays. Dip the chicken pieces in the egg, then into the corn meal. Place the chicken in the skillet and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crust is crispy and chicken is no longer pink on the inside. The best way is to use a food thermometer to ensure it is cooked all the way through.

Meanwhile, in the bacon skillet, heat the bacon fat. Add the jalapenos and cook until soft. Add the chicken broth and garlic, scraping the bottom of the pan to add more bacon flavor. Add both cream cheeses and stir until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese and blend until melted. 

Finally, add the chopped bacon and serve as a sauce over the crusted chicken. 

The chicken turned out to be so very moist and tender with a crispy crust that was very flavorful in itself. The sauce was not as spicy as I thought it would be. Cooking it in the bacon toned down the heat while keeping the jalapeno flavor intact. And using two different cream cheeses gave the sauce a hint of onion and keeping it soft and creamy. 

Now, I cheated and used canned corn as a side dish. It was a “Fiesta Blend” that we found at Big Lots and I think the black beans and peppers added some zest to an otherwise boring side dish. 

So, next time you’re standing there in front of the fridge, scratching your head to find a good recipe for chicken, give this one a try. It’s juicy chicken with a jalapeno punch. 

For more delicious chicken recipes, hop on over to my Chicken & Turkey Pinterest Board and take a look around.

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This delicious recipe was featured at Sew-Licious Saturday Show-licious Craft Showcase #34

Also featured on JamHands Recipe Sharing Monday #52 
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy May 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Looks delicious! I add jalapenos to most everything.


Leslie&Michael May 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I found this on pinterst and I just made it…seriously favorite recipe off of there I have ever made! Thanks! My hubs was quite happy as well :)


Lori Hart May 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed the chicken. It’s up there in my husbands top 10


anastasia anezinis May 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Nice chicken recipe!I’ll try it!


Kathy Shea Mormino May 26, 2013 at 3:10 am

Looks tasty!!
Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick


Adelina Priddis May 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Lol, I happen to be staring at my chicken wondering what to do with it tonight! Too bad I don’t have these ingredients on hand :(
Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday


Brandi Brook May 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I tried this recipe tonight and it was AMAZING!! Thank you so much for sharing!


Lori Hart June 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I am so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you


Marti @ Sew-Licious Home Decor June 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Congratulations!! You’ve been featured at this weeks craft party! Stop by and grab a featured button and thank you for participating!!



Lori Hart June 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thank you so much!!!


Julia Klimek June 1, 2013 at 6:40 pm

YUM!!!! I pinned!


Ali @ June 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. :)


Kalamity Kelli June 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

I saw this on Jam Hands last week and made a mental note to come back to it. Then of course I forgot but when I followed your link for the omelet over from Tuesday’s Table this recipe link was on the sidebar – so happy to find it. By reading the comments, it appears this is a successful sauce. I can’t wait to try it!


Ali @ June 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

We made this dish this weekend and it was delicious! I’ll be posting it on my blog this week and linking back to you. Thank you for the recipe :)


Lori Hart June 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

So glad you tried it. It’s on my hubby’s top 10 list for sure. Thank’s also for posting it. I can’t wait to read it!



Linda@Tumbleweed Contessa September 27, 2013 at 6:18 am

Thanks for the delicious jalapeno cream sauce. This would be great on anything! Tomorrow at Saturday Dishes we’re featuring chicken dishes.
Hope to see you there.

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