Jalapeño Chicken Skillet Meal (30 min meal)

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This Jalapeño Chicken recipe makes the perfect weekday dinner because it’s an easy, super quick and minimal dish to wash because it all cooks in one pot. A one-pot dinner that takes 30 minutes to make? Yes please!

Table of Contents
  1. One Pot Creamy Jalapeno Chicken
  2. Ingredients Needed
  3. How to prepare your chicken
  4. How to make jalapeño chicken
  5. Variations
  6. What to serve with Creamy jalapeño Chicken
  7. Chicken with Jalapeno Sauce Recipe

One Pot Creamy Jalapeno Chicken

This cheesy jalapeño chicken recipe is made with juicy chicken and a cream sauce all on for a low-carb meal, or add some rice or pasta.

One-pot, 30 minutes, and delicious? This jalapeño chicken recipe makes the perfect go-to for busy weekdays.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • A delicious dish made quickly. Just 30 minutes!
  • Both the sauce and chicken cook in the same pan – love that, don’t you? Fewer dishes – are always a good thing.
  • For a full meal, add some rice or pasta. It’s delicious both ways!
  • Watching your carbs? Serve the chicken and sauce on their own with a veggie side dish. Enjoy guilt-free!

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken Breasts – I use boneless skinless chicken breasts, or you can use thin cut or tenders.
  • Spices – Salt, pepper, cumin
  • Oil – I prefer cooking with olive oil
  • Onions – Dice up a yellow or white onion.
  • Chicken Stock – I prefer using reduced sodium
  • Jalapeños – Remove the ribs and seeds unless you like the dish extra spicy!
  • Garlic – mince it small or use paste
  • Cream Cheese – I prefer regular block cream cheese but you can use tub or low-fat.
  • Sour Cream – Reduced fat is fine
  • Tomatooes – Use your favorite kind, dice and seed them
  • Hot cooked rice or any other page like pasta to complete the meal
chicken and veggies in a pan with sauce and a spoon

How to make jalapeño chicken

  • If your chicken breasts are large, butterfly them to cut them in half and/or pound them thinner.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to season.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Brown the chicken on both sides.
  • Add the onions, broth, jalapeños, cumin, and garlic. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through (thermometer reads 165°F), about 5-7 minutes. Remove chicken and keep warm.
  • Stir cream cheese and sour cream into the jalapeño mixture. Stir in tomatoes and heat through. Don’t boil or the sauce will break. Add the chicken back to the pan to rewarm as needed.
  • Serve over rice, pasta or veggies as a complete meal.

What to serve with Creamy jalapeño Chicken

FAQs

What can I do with a bunch of jalapeño peppers?

You can freeze the jalapeño peppers to save for future dishes!

How do you reduce the spice in jalapeños?

You can soak your jalapeño peppers in vinegar, lemon or lime for about an hour or so.

How do you know when the chicken is done?

The chicken is cooked when it is brown on both sides.

What temperature do you cook the chicken to?

When the thermometer reads 165°F.

How to store leftover jalapeño chicken?

Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4 ounces each)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 3 plum tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • Hot cooked rice for serving
  • If your chicken breasts are large, butterfly them to cut them in half and/or pound them thinner.

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Brown chicken on both sides.

  • Add the onions, broth, jalapenos, cumin and garlic. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through (thermometer reads 165°F), about 5-7 minutes. Remove chicken and keep warm.

  • Stir cream cheese and sour cream into jalapeno mixture. Stir in tomatoes and heat through. Do not boil or the sauce will break. Add the chicken back to the pan to rewarm as needed.

  • Serve over rice or with pasta as a complete meal.

Recipe from Taste of Home Magazine.

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 27g | Dish: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 704mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 842IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Jalapeno Chicken is an easy skillet meal! We love this spicy creamy chicken dinner – it’s a 30 minute meal!

Last Updated on January 6, 2023

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