April 6th, 2011

Cornbread Crusted Chicken with Jalapeno Popper Sauce

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If you love chicken with a crispy coating, then I’ve got a must-try recipe for you. This Cornbread Crusted Chicken was pretty darn good, but the Jalapeno Popper Sauce is definitely the star of this show!

Cornbread Crusted Chicken with Jalapeno Popper Sauce
I love breaded chicken, but I think this sauce would be fabulous over plain old grilled chicken. I’m even considering just making the sauce and calling it soup, since I ate quite a bit of it that way. You can always cut back on the jalapenos if you’re worried about heat, although if they’re seeded, I don’t think three is too many.  And it never hurts to throw in a few more slices of bacon! If you’re a fan of jalapeno poppers, then you’ll definitely want to give this chicken a try.

Cornbread Crusted Chicken with Jalapeno Popper Sauce

Preparation 20 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 40 mins


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a medium skillet, fry bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels.
  2. Combine cornmeal, chili powder, cumin, and salt on a rimmed plate. Dip each chicken breast in beaten egg, then in cornmeal mixture.
  3. Shallow-fry in vegetable oil in a large skillet until coating is crisp and juices run clear.
  4. Remove from skillet, drain on paper towels, and keep warm.
  5. Add jalapenos to the same skillet that was used to cook the bacon; season with salt and pepper, and cook until softened.
  6. Add garlic and cook and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  7. Stir in chicken broth, using a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan. Bring to a boil.
  8. Add cream cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
  9. Stir in shredded cheese and reserved bacon, stirring until the cheese in melted.
  10. Top chicken with sauce and serve.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Cassie Craves.




  1. This look SO delicious! I love any kind of breaded chicken and I wish I could have this right now! Thanks for sharing, it looks so good.

  2. Very clever! Love finding novel ways to cook chicken!

  3. Wow…a great bread, looking so fantabulous… !

  4. Fried chicken with jalapeño popper sauce (complete with bacon)!? Score! What a fabulous dish!

  5. This sounds so super yummy! I don’t know if my boyfriend would go for the jalapenos, but did ask me to make something with chicken for dinner this week, so maybe I can make it work!

  6. That sauce sounds wonderful and I think you’re right, it would go on regular chicken (heck anything!). I’ll have to make this!

  7. Oh yum!!! This looks so good 🙂

  8. Fantastic dish! So creative, and it looks delicious!

  9. Looks fantastic! I will be trying this very soon!!

  10. That look so delicious, love chicken will trying for my family, thanks for share.


  11. This is a creative dish, and looks uber delicious! 🙂

  12. Sounds delicious! I would also like the sauce as a soup!

  13. Wow, that looks good. Just started following you!

  14. This looks really good! i love that sauce on the breaded chicken.

  15. This looks really yummy! The jalapeno sauce looks really good!

  16. I am so excited to have found your blog! yah

  17. I cannot wait to try this. Looks good! 🙂

  18. Just made this for dinner, and it was a big hit with my husband! Great recipe :). I’m saving it for a casual entertaining dinner.

  19. This sounds like a tasty way to dress up some chicken!

  20. I’m not sure how I stumbled across your blog, but it came at just the right time. We’re desperate for new recipes and decided to try out this one. DELICIOUS! I’m not that great with following recipes and cooking for that matter, but I managed thanks to your recipe. Anyways, just wanted to say how delicious this was and I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you for sharing!!

  21. We LOVE this recipe. The sauce is awesome on chicken fried steak too. Pure genius!

  22. We LOVE this recipe. The sauce is awesome on chicken fried steak too. Pure genius!

  23. Just made sauce. INCREDIBLE!

  24. Peni Neibert says:

    Made it! My family and I really enjoyed it! Thanks

  25. So I totally cheated with the bacon. I bought bacon bits but cooked with bacon fat I had saved from B.L.T’s a few nights ago. Everyone loved it! Thank you so much!

  26. This is an amazing recipe!! We make it at least once every couple months!! I make extra sauce since it is soooo yummy and then have mashed potatoes with it. The sauce on potatoes is awesome!!


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