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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super Appetizer, Sans Bowl

Need a Super appetizer for that football-centric party a few Americans might be planning for Sunday?  Want something beyond the ordinary dips and chips served in a Bowl?  How about these sensational Chicken Jalapeno Poppers for a taste that will feed those with Giant appetites and people who declare themselves Patriots?  Serve these and your guests will cheer, declaring YOU the victor in the kitchen!

Chicken Tenders, Pepper Jack, Jalapenos and Bacon

Chicken Jalapeno Popper Recipe

1 package of Chicken Tenders
1 package thick-cut bacon
6 oz. package slice Pepper Jack cheese
40-50 pickled jalapeno slices
20-30 wooden toothpicks

Line a jelly roll pan with foil and place a baking rack on top, allowing bacon fat to drip off poppers.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.   Place chicken tenders in a ziplock bag.  Pound with the flat side of a meat tenderizing mallet until tenders are slightly flattened.  Cut each tender in half.

Cut the package of bacon in half horizontally.

Prepare Pepper Jack cheese by stacking two slices together, and cutting into 1" x  2" pieces (each stacked slice should yield 6 parts).

Place one piece of bacon on work surface. 

Top with a piece of chicken.

Stack with Pepper Jack and 2 jalapenos.

Wrap in bacon and secure with toothpick.  Place in oven.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bacon browns and crisps.  Turn poppers over and bake 5-7 minutes more until bottom side browns.  Serve warm.

Kitchen Victory!  YAY, you!  

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