Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

Serves about four people

 

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 large jalapenos
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 4 oz medium cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 Tablespoon apple jelly or orange marmalade
  • 12 pieces bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons any sweet BBQ Rub
  • ½ cup Kansas City bbq sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your smoker to 300 degrees F
  2. Prepare your poppers by slicing the tops off of the jalapenos, cutting them in half, and scraping out the ribs and seeds inside of the poppers.
  3. In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and the jelly. Use the back of the spoon to press the filling mixture into each half of the cleaned-out peppers and then press the pepper halves back together.
  4. On a large cutting board, slice the chicken breasts open, without slicing all of the way through the breasts. Set one filled popper inside of each chicken breast and fold them closed.
  5. Wrap each chicken breast with about 3 slices of bacon. Secure the bacon ends with toothpicks, if necessary. Season the stuffed chicken on all sides with more of the sweet rub.
  6. Place the chicken breasts on the smoker, close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F. This process usually takes an hour and a half. Baste the chicken with a sauce, close the lid, and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Remove the chicken to a cutting board or serving platter and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!!

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