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My family loves jalapeño poppers. I knew they were going to love this Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole Recipe. If you use precooked chicken, you can easily get this dinner on the table in just 30 minutes.

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Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole Recipe:

Jalapeño Popper Chicken casserole is seriously the best therefore, everyone loves it! The creamy sauce has just the right amount of heat but it’s still mild enough for the entire family.

Although jalapeño peppers are throughout the Jalapeño Popper Chicken casserole, the kids still ask for seconds!

From the shredded chicken, jalapeños, cream cheese and bacon this recipe is so easy to make. Dinner can be done in about 30 minutes which is one of the reasons why I love this easy recipe.

We love making casseroles! Casseroles make my life so much easy as they are full of flavor and all the ingredients go into one pan!

You may also love King Ranch Chicken Casserole and this Chicken Divan Recipe.

Let’s get started with this quick and easy casserole!

Make sure you have a nice 9×13 casserole dish. 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. They help out on those crazy busy nights and are perfect for bringing over for a party!

You can prepare the chicken ahead of time, and then add to this casserole when you are ready to eat. If you want to prepare this casserole the night before, you will save you even more time!

Ingredients for Jalapeño Chicken Casserole:

  • cooked chicken, diced
  • cream cheese
  • bowtie pasta – If you love this pasta, check out 25 Best Farfalle Recipes
  • Monterrey jack cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • chicken broth
  • milk
  • fresh jalapeños – We like to use fresh jalapenos in this recipe.
  • bread crumbs
  • bacon

How to make Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole:

  • First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Next, boil the pasta until al dente, to make sure it isn’t mushy.
  • Then in a pan, melt the cream cheese and chicken broth and milk.
  • After these ingredients are melted and combined, add in the Monterey jack cheese and stir to melt.
  • After that add in the pasta and the diced jalapeños to the cream cheese mixture. Save a few of the diced jalapeños for the top of the casserole!
  • Then add chicken and pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. Finally, top the casserole with the bread crumbs.
  • Cover the casserole and bake for 20 minutes. After this cook time, take the cover off. 
  • Then top the casserole with the cheddar cheese, remaining jalapeños and diced up bacon. 
  • Bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve this chicken dish with a side salad for an easy dinner idea.

Jalapeno Chicken Casserole:

This Jalapeño Chicken Casserole is so yummy! It has that perfect blend of cheese and spice.

This Jalapeno casserole is a bit spicy, but not too much that you can’t handle it. Our kids devoured it and they all came back for seconds.

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.

How to freeze:

The Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole freezes great! When I make I like to make a few casseroles that I can freeze for an upcoming busy night.

You can also refrigerate up to 3-4 days in an air tight container or freeze up to a month.

Also you an easily freeze individual size portions of this recipe so that they can easily be heated up for lunch.

It makes it so easy to reheat when the food is already in an individual container. We grab one and out the door we go!

Easy Chicken Jalapeno Popper Casserole Variations: 

Use a Rotisserie chicken – Using precooked chicken breasts makes this recipe so easy to prepare. I have used rotisserie chicken to make this dinner evene asier.

Use Chicken Thighs – Cooked chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts is also a great substitution.

Mix in Garlic Powder – 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. Garlic powder is great in this recipe.

Make it keto friendly – If you are following the keto diet, you can remove the pasta. The recipe will still be so delicious!

Substitute JalapenosEveryone loves the jalapeño flavor so this casserole dish is a hit. If you do not like jalapeno peppers, you can substitute with a can of green chilies for a different flavor.

Change the Cheese – Feel free to use whatever cheese you have. I have tried a variety of cheese and they all tasted amazing.

Add in Sour cream – Sour cream is a great addition.

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Jalapeño Popper Chicken Caseerole

4.88 from 58 votes
You are going to love this Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole. It is delicious and can me ready in no time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 644


  • 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 ½ cup milk
  • 1 jalapeño (deseeded and diced)
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
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  • 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!

Recipe Notes

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.  

Nutrition Facts

Serving 8ounces, Calories 644kcal, Carbohydrates 50g, Protein 35g, Fat 33g, Saturated Fat 17g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 116mg, Sodium 629mg, Potassium 422mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 847IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 420mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    So glad you loved it!

  2. Patti says:

    5 stars
    Carrie- made this and everyone loved it. I added more jalapeños as we like it spicier, but the sauce and touch of bacon really made this yummy. Thanks much.

  3. Mary says:

    5 stars
    This was so easy to make with ingredients I always have on hand, and both kids and adults loved it!

  4. Carrie Barnard says:

    If you freeze it before you bake it, cover it and you can bake it from frozen just add 20 minutes to the cook time.
    You can also freeze your leftovers. Put it in a freezer pan (I use a foil pan), cover it and freeze. Then defrost it out and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes to reheat it back up. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes, you can easily freezer this before baking. If you are baking it from frozen, I would add approximately 20 minutes to the cook time to make sure it’s cooked all the way through.

  6. Ellie says:

    Can this be frozen before baking? If so, what would the cooking instructions be? TIA!

  7. Cindy Noelk says:

    Excellent easy, to make and delicious.

  8. Heather Irish says:

    5 stars
    My family loves this recipe! It is so good!

  9. Grace K. says:

    5 stars
    Delicious but I definitely added salt!

  10. Mac says:

    What are the freezing and rewarming/baking instructions?

  11. Carrie says:

    Hey Laurie – You can definitely add more jalapeños based on how spicy you like your food and yes, I think the fried onions would be delicious on top of this casserole recipe.

  12. Laurie says:

    Looks great but 1 jalapena wouldn’t do it for me … also wondering if fried onion bits might be nice addition/ replacement for bread crumbs. Misprint #9 “Cover uncovered”

  13. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!

  14. MICHELLE L BAKER says:

    Made this as Cook 1 Eat 2 for leftover fried chicken (2 breasts worth of meat), also subbed green chilies for jalapenoes due to we don’t do that spicy, added sauted mushrooms and corn for a 1 dish casserole. Yummy!

  15. Kathryn Canty says:

    5 stars
    So glad I decided to try this! My husband and I both loved it!

  16. Carrie says:

    That sounds delicious! I love spicy too! 🙂

  17. Robin says:

    5 stars
    I think I would add a touch of hot sauce and maybe a little more jalapeno. We like spicy at my house !

  18. Carrie says:

    Awesome! I’m so glad everyone loved it!

  19. Cari Crosby says:

    I made this with rotisserie chicken and substituted chicken broth for water and it was amazing! The entire family loved it!

  20. Carrie says:

    You’re welcome! If you try it let us know what you think!

  21. Betty says:

    Haven’t made it yet, just wanted
    To say thank you for the recipe.

  22. Carrie says:

    I usually just use 1 jalapeño for this recipe. You can add more if you would like it to be spicier.

  23. Rain says:

    Hi, how many jalapeños do you use? The recipe says 1, but you later reference “add the jalapeños” which makes me think more than one. Can you clarify?

  24. Carrie says:

    I find that sometimes jalapeños can variety on the heat level. I would add more next time. Thank you!

  25. McKell Rushton says:

    I added 2 fresh Jalapeños because I love the taste and heat of them but the dish came out pretty heatless. Did I do something wrong?

  26. karen richards says:

    how much rotisserie chicken to use for this recipe? i don’t care for this pre packaged cooked chicken. thank you

  27. Amy says:

    Can you put this in a crock pot

  28. BreyAnna says:

    Could this be made it the crockpot??

  29. Carrie says:

    Allie – Yes, that’s correct and then I allow the casserole to defrost in the refrigerator overnight prior to baking. Thank you.

  30. Allie says:

    Do you cook the noodles and all instructions prior to freezing? Just don’t put it in the oven?

  31. Carrie says:

    I haven’t tried that before but I think it would work great. Thank you.

  32. Kellie says:

    Could i not put pasta in it and add broccoli?

  33. Carrie says:

    I love that idea – Thanks for sharing!

  34. Carrie says:

    The jalapeños and different cheeses add tons of flavor to this recipe so I do not include other seasonings. Thank you!

  35. Amy says:

    I’m going to cut down to 8×8 pam and top with buttered ritz cracker crumbs.

  36. Rhonda S Saeed says:

    Why is there no mention of seasoning in this recipe? If it’s an oversight, please add it to the recipe and relist it. Thanks!

  37. Carrie says:

    You can use plain yogurt or heavy whipping cream if you prefer. Thanks!

  38. Carrie says:

    I haven’t tried that before but I think that would taste great. Thanks!

  39. Carrie says:

    Thank you – Let us know what you substitute with and how it turns out. Thank you.

  40. Shirl says:

    I want to try this it looks delicious but I am allergic to Jalapeño so I would have to substitute for something else.

  41. Kristina says:

    Can you use cheddar cheese soup

  42. Michelle says:

    What could be used as a substitute for cream cheese? I hate the stuff

  43. Carrie says:

    I would use 3 chicken breasts or approximately 1 pound of chicken. You can bake it or boil it in order to precook it for this recipe. Thank you!

  44. Carrie says:

    Yes, definitely – I would cute everything in half and put in a 8X8 or 9X9 pan. Thanks!

  45. Carrie says:

    Great idea – Thanks for sharing!

  46. Sally Leggett says:

    Could I 1/2 the recipe ? 9×12 would be too much for me and hubby, as we dont eat left overs.

  47. Dinita Heitz says:

    I made this a Keto recipe by replacing the pasta with a head of cauliflower and no bread crumbs. Yummy.

  48. Michelle says:

    How much boneless chicken if I’m not using the precooked Tyson? And would you just bake chicken in oven and cut up? Any seasoning? Thank you

  49. Carrie says:

    Conner – Yes, that will work out great!

  50. Conner says:

    Can I leave in the fridge over night if I’m cooking the next day after work?

  51. Carrie says:

    Jennifer – I freeze it after the casserole is put together prior to cooking it. Then take it out the night before and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator before cooking. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  52. Jennifer says:

    at what point do you freeze it before or after cooking?

  53. Roxy says:

    5 stars
    This was great. I added about 5 pieces of crumbled bacon. Hubby loved it

  54. Gail Tansy says:

    4 stars
    Made this tonight for hubby and myself. Even though I cut the grated cheese from 3 cups to 2 (because that’s how much I had), it came out very good. Well make again.

  55. Z says:

    5 stars
    I will never buy Tyson chicken!!

  56. Jack says:

    5 stars
    I used Panko bread crumbs for that extra crunch like I use in the jalapeño popper dip. I also added a can of cream of chicken soup to the cream cheese. It was incredible, thank you for the recipe.

  57. Dawn says:

    Can i do this in a crock pot?

  58. Carrie says:

    Yes , that is correct or you can use whatever chicken you have on hand, thanks

  59. Elle says:

    Can I assume Tyson’s is Chicken? It doesn’t specify

  60. Marah says:

    This was amazing! My fiancé and I devoured it. I used a rotisserie chicken and jarred jalapeños. I threw some slices of bread in my food processor with some
    More cheese for the topping, which I sprinkled on after cooking and browned under broiler. So so soooo good!

  61. Sherri Fisk says:

    5 stars
    Hi! Can use regular macaroni instead bowtie pasta?

  62. Alicia Womick says:

    Do you freeze before or after cooking?

  63. Jenelle says:

    Made this tonight and it was a huge hit with my family!!! We loved it!! Super flavorful and so easy. I did however, use mild chopped Chile’s from a Can since I didn’t have a jalapeño and some garlic salt and pepper. I also used crushed cornflakes vs bread crumbs. Flavor was amazing. Recipe is a keeper!

  64. Kathie B says:

    Going to try this with crushed dorito’s on top!

  65. Kristy West says:

    This looks great! I’ve used the Tyson chicken for many years for various quick and easy dinners. That mixed with frozen pierogi, alfredo sauce and spinach is a fast meal that the family loves. Also their fajita chicken is great for a fast quesadilla as well.

  66. Jeri says:

    I’m using left over Rotisserie chicken. How much?

  67. Debbie says:

    I made it this morning. So easy. I already had cooked chicken instead out of the bag. And I used jalapeños cream cheese and added a little extra from regular chees. And also used jalapeños out of a can. I came across the recipe so I used what I had. Thanks for the recipe. My husband & I will have a bit for lunch. Can’t wait.

  68. Shirley Roberts says:

    How much cream cheese do you use. It doesn’t give an amount.

  69. Joy says:

    How much cream cheese?

  70. Sm Johnson says:

    5 stars
    Made it last night, hubby went back for seconds!

  71. Chelsea says:

    I made this tonight was so good! I added 3 slices of bacon to dish, based on another recipe I used to make. I also used 2 raw chicken breast. I cooked everything before baking it and it was absolutely amazing!

  72. Lioa says:

    4 stars
    Thank You !

  73. onaploi says:

    5 stars
    hello CARRIE
    It’s wonderful. Thank you for all !

  74. Dianne says:

    Do you know how this would freeze?

  75. Janny says:

    While I love jalapeños, my family does not. I’ll substitute mild Hatch chile peppers & even my grandkids will love it. Thanks for a great recipe!

  76. Carrie says:

    I would do about a tablespoon and you can adjust it from there depending if you want it hotter.

  77. Lesli Rodeheaver says:

    Can I substitute chopped canned jalapenos and how much of the can equals 1 jalapeno?

  78. Carrie says:

    No you do not.

  79. Brook says:

    Do you have to use bread crumbs? My daughter is gluten free.