Well, I think its time to take the whole Jalapeno Popper thing to the next level!!
You’ve seen the posts for Jalapeno Popper Casserole and most recently Baked Jalapeno Popper Chicken Spaghetti well, now its time to do the ultimate popper and to do it on the Traeger grill.
So what is the Ultimate popper you ask?? Well, we are going to take a Jalapeno Popper and roll it in a flattened chicken breast, cover it with our favorite BBQ rub, then wrap the whole thing in bacon and smoke it to perfection!! If you are not drooling after reading that you need to call 911 because something is not right in your mind lol. So let’s dive right into making this!
This can be done on a smoker, or any style of BBQ. Warm up your grill to 325°F
Slice the chicken breast in half and using a meat mallet or a rolling pin, pound that chicken flat until it reaches an even thickness.
Cut the jalapeno in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds, fill with cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese then put the two half together like an egg.
Wrap the jalapeno with the pounded chicken breast.
Season the chicken breast with your favorite BBQ rub and then wrap the whole thing with bacon.
Place the Dragon Eggs on the grill. For charcoal or gas grills, use indirect heat (Place on the opposite side to where the charcoals are or turn the burners off on one side)
The best time to baste your Dragon Egg is when the chicken reaches an internal temp of about 150°F
Cook to a final internal temperature of 165°F
Let rest 10 -15 minutes then serve and Enjoy!
As I am sure you’ve noticed, this is not your typical AWATEATS post. When it comes to BBQ I really want you to make it your own. If you like a lot of cream cheese in your popper then add it. If you prefer your BBQ seasoning sweet or spicy than make it that way. Also, when it comes to cooking we have taken time and replaced it with temperature. Any meat thermometer will work, however, if you feel like making the investment, an instant read thermometer like a Thermapen will help elevate your game to the next level.
As for this recipe, if you want a little trick for getting your chicken breasts to hold together tighter making it easier for you to wrap the bacon around them, giving you a nice even shape, click on this link here for my Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe and follow step 2 on how to roll up the chicken.
As always, please give this recipe a try and then leave me a comment to let me know how it turned out. Enjoy!!