If you love those cheesy jalapeño poppers then you are going to love this Jalapeno popper chicken casserole recipe. You can use precooked chicken and have this dinner on the table in just 30 minutes.
Jalapeno popper chicken casserole recipe
I’m about to share with you one yummy and easy dinner idea – Jalapeño Popper Chicken casserole. Our kids love those jalapeno poppers and the dinner is inspired by those. Yum!
Now to make my life easier I will sometimes use precooked diced chicken, or rotisserie chicken. You can cook chicken breasts and diced them up for this easy casserole recipe. You know we like to make life easier. 🙂
This casserole is seriously the best and all around a great meal. The creamy sauce has just the right amount of heat but it’s mild enough for the entire family.
It is the best!
Let’s get started with this quick and easy casserole!
Or if you want to make clean up a breeze try using one of these foil pans. They are great because you just throw them away when you are done.
We use them often so help out on those crazy busy nights.
Ingredients for easy jalapeno popper casserole:
- cooked chicken, diced
- cream cheese
- bowtie pasta
- Monterrey jack cheese
- cheddar cheese
- chicken broth
- fresh jalapeño
- bread crumbs
How to make jalapeno popper chicken casserole:
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Next, boil pasta until al dente. You don’t want it mushy!
In a pan, melt the cream cheese and chicken broth and milk.
Add in the Monterey jack cheese and stir to melt.
Now it is time to add the pasta and the diced jalapeños. Save a few for the top.
Mix in the chicken and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. Top with bread crumbs.
Bake covered for 20 minutes. Take the cover off. Top the casserole with the cheddar cheese, remaining jalapeños and diced up bacon. Bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
It is that easy to make jalapeño popper casserole!
Doesn’t this just look so yummy! It has that perfect blend of cheese and spice.
It definitely has a splash of heat, but not too much that you can’t handle it. Our kids devoured it and they all came back for seconds.
The great thing about this recipe is you have the chicken already cooked and you can cook the pasta in advance to save you even more time. You could even freeze it or make it the night before so you just have to toss it in the oven. The options are endless! 🙂
Either way, I think you will agree that this dinner is delicious. 🙂
Your family will love this frugal casserole.
We used precooked chicken breasts but you can use whatever you prefer. You can even use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts or a combination of both.
This is one of those delicious recipes that you can easily swap out some of the ingredients. We do this a lot for what we already have or can get on sale.
Feel free to use different types of pasta. Penne, elbow, bowtie are all good options.
I am all about using what is on sale at the grocery store or that I already have in the freezer. I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for something else or to give you family wiggle room in the budget.
Easy recipes like this keep my family happy and my grocery budget in good shape. This is how I keep our grocery budget reasonable.
Everyone loves jalapeno flavor so this casserole dish is a hit! Feel free to use whatever cheese you have. Cheddar cheese is good. Really anything!
You can even add crispy bacon. You can’t go wrong with this delicious meal. It is amazing!
How to make Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole:
You are going to love this Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole. It is delicious and can me ready in no time!
- 2 cups cooked chicken (diced into 1 inch pieces)
- 8 oz cream cheese (diced into small pieces)
- 16 oz bowtie pasta
- 2 cups monterrey jack cheese
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 jalapeño (deseeded and diced)
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9X13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Cook the pasta to al dente based on the package instructions.
In a a large sauce pan, heat the cream cheese, chicken broth and milk. Stir and heat until the cream cheese is fully melted.
Add in the Monterey Jack cheese and stir to melt.
Then stir in the pasta and the diced jalapeños (save a few of the diced jalapeños for the top).
Mix in the cooked diced chicken and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. Top the casserole with bread crumbs. Cover the casserole dish with foil.
Bake covered for 20 minutes.
Uncover the casserole and top with the shredded cheddar cheese, remaining diced jalapeños and crumbled bacon.
Cover uncovered for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese. Serve warm and enjoy!
You can sauté the bread crumbs with 1 Tbsp of butter in a small sauce pan to brown the bread crumb slightly before topping the casserole with them.
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- Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts recipe
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