Smoked Jalapeño Popper Chicken Bombs

From preparing the jalapeños to smoking the assembled chicken bombs, each step involves specific techniques that ensure optimal flavor and texture.

Preparing the Ingredients

Proper preparation of the ingredients is crucial. This includes trimming the chicken breasts, deseeding the jalapeños carefully to manage the heat level, and blending the filling to achieve the right consistency.

Assembling the Chicken Bombs

The assembly process is where precision is key. The chicken must be flattened and seasoned, the jalapeños stuffed and wrapped, and everything secured to ensure it holds together during cooking.

Smoking the Chicken Bombs

Smoking introduces a distinctive flavor that sets these chicken bombs apart. We’ll discuss the best types of wood for smoking and the ideal temperature to achieve perfectly smoked chicken.

Step-by-Step Recipe for Smoked Jalapeño Popper Chicken Bombs

Now, let’s get into the detailed recipe to create these mouthwatering chicken bombs.


  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 jalapeños
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 slices of bacon
  • Your choice of BBQ rub for seasoning the chicken


  1. Prepare the Jalapeños:
    • Cut the tops off the jalapeños and remove the seeds and membranes. You can use a small spoon or a knife. Remember, the more membranes you leave, the spicier it will be.
  2. Make the Filling:
    • In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper until well combined. Stuff this mixture into the hollowed-out jalapeños.
  3. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Flatten the chicken breasts to about 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet. Season both sides with your favorite BBQ rub.
  4. Assemble the Chicken Bombs:
    • Place a stuffed jalapeño in the center of each chicken breast. Fold the chicken around the jalapeño and secure it with toothpicks.
  5. Wrap with Bacon:
    • Wrap each chicken bomb with two slices of bacon, ensuring the chicken is completely covered. Secure the bacon with toothpicks if necessary.
  6. Smoking the Chicken Bombs:
    • Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C). Place the chicken bombs directly on the smoker grates and smoke until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C), about 90 minutes.
  7. Serving:
    • Let the chicken bombs rest for a few minutes after removing them from the smoker. Serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs or drizzled with a BBQ sauce if desired.

Nutritional Information

This section provides a breakdown of the nutritional content of the smoked jalapeño popper chicken bombs, including calorie count, fat content, and protein levels, helping you understand how this dish fits into a balanced diet.

Variations of the Recipe

To cater to various dietary preferences and spice tolerances, we will explore several variations, including using different types of cheese, adding different herbs for freshness, or even substituting

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