These delicious oven-baked chicken bombs are a fun and easy recipe to make. A thin chicken breast surrounds a delicious cream cheese mixture and then it is wrapped in bacon, baked in the oven and covered with barbecue sauce to finish it off. A hearty, delicious chicken bomb recipe that can be oven baked or smoked.
Are you ready for the best chicken recipe you’ll ever make? Good because you found it here. And I’m not just saying that. Everyone who’s ever had my chicken bombs has said the same thing – it’s the best chicken recipe ever! True to their name, these bombs explode with flavor in every bite. I stuff chicken breasts with a jalapeno popper cheese mixture, then I wrap it all up in bacon and cook it to perfection. Can you even think of anything better? I love to serve these for dinner, at parties, and even bring them to potlucks. They’re so good that there’s never a wrong time or place to serve them.
Take all the flavors you love about jalapeno poppers and turn them into a creamy filling. Then, stuff that filling into a chicken breast, wrap it in bacon, and bake it. That’s what this recipe is. A popper filling made of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, diced jalapenos, and crumbled bacon is stuffed into a chicken breast that’s then wrapped in bacon. Then you bake the entire thing until the chicken is cooked, the bacon is crispy, and the center is gooey, cheesy, and hot in more ways than one. When it’s all said and done, you’ll have a chicken recipe that people just can’t stop eating.
Why You’ll Love this Oven Baked Chicken Bombs Recipe
- It’s an entirely new way to enjoy the great flavor of jalapeno poppers.
- It’s an unexpected dinner treat that will have everyone coming back for more.
- Bacon makes everything better, and you’ll find it both in and outside of the chicken in this recipe.
Chicken Bomb Ingredients
You’ll only need a few ingredients to make this recipe, and they’re all easily found at your local grocery store. There’s nothing to it. The actual measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- Black pepper
- Cream cheese
- Sharp shredded cheddar cheese
- Green onions
- Barbecue sauce
How to Make Chicken Bombs
Making these delicious stuffed chicken breasts is as easy as shopping for the ingredients. It only takes a few simple steps to do it!
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Then, place a wire rack on top of the baking sheet and set it aside.
Step 2: Make the Popper Filling
Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions in a medium bowl.
Step 3: Stuff and Wrap the Chicken
Put the chicken breasts on a sheet of parchment paper, and sprinkle Cajun seasoning and pepper on both sides. Then, add 2 tablespoons of the popper mixture to the chicken and roll the breast around the mixture. Then, wrap the chicken lengthwise with 1 strip of bacon. Finally, wrap 2 or 3 more slices around the chicken to cover it completely and secure it with toothpicks.
Step 4: Bake
Place the bacon-wrapped chicken bombs on the prepared wire rack and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Subsequently, use tongs to turn the chicken over and let it cook for an additional hour and a quarter. Brush BBQ sauce over the chicken bombs and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees when placed into the chicken breast.
- Pound your chicken to uniform thickness for even cooking.
- Wrap the bacon tightly around the chicken to hold everything in place while it bakes.
- It’s important to use a baking rack and sheet combo so the heat can circulate freely around all sides of the breasts.
- Try using cheeses like Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack for a different flavor.
- For something a little different, make actual stuffed jalapeno peppers and wrap the chicken breasts around them.
- For this dish, select your favorite brand of bacon.
- Use your favorite brand and variety of BBQ sauce for this recipe.
What to Serve with Chicken Bombs
This recipe is loaded with flavors, and those flavors tend to work well with a variety of other sides. Try serving these chicken bombs with:
What are 3 good hygiene practices when preparing raw chicken?
The 3 major rules to remember when preparing raw chicken are:
- Keep raw chicken away from ready-to-eat food like salads or food that’s already been cooked.
- Don’t wash your chicken. Research shows that washing chicken actually spreads bacteria via the water splashing off of the chicken.
- Wash your hands every single time you touch raw chicken.
How to safely prepare raw chicken?
Keep these safety watch-outs in mind when handling raw chicken.
- DON’T wash raw chicken before preparing it.
- DO cook chicken thoroughly.
- DON’T defrost chicken on the counter.
- DO defrost chicken overnight in the refrigerator.
- DON’T let raw chicken come into contact with other food in the refrigerator or on the counter.
- DO keep raw chicken separate from other food.
- DON’T handle other food or implements not directly related to preparing the chicken.
- DO wash your hands every time you touch or handle the chicken.
Can you stuff raw chicken ahead of time?
You sure can. Prep the chicken and stuff it. Then, refrigerate it until you’re ready to cook it.
How to fillet a chicken breast for stuffing?
Lay the chicken breast on its side on a cutting board. Then, pressing down on the top of the breast with gentle, firm pressure and using a sharp knife, cut a slit into the chicken breast from one side to the other, leaving about ½ inch of uncut chicken to ensure the breast doesn’t split.
How to stuff a flattened chicken breast?
Place a piece of plastic wrap over the chicken breast, then using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound the chicken out to a uniform thickness. You’ll have to pound more on the thicker end and very little, or not at all, on the thinner end. Then, add your filling to the center of the flattened breast, roll the meat around the filling, and secure it with toothpicks.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Chicken Bombs
Keeping leftover chicken bombs fresh can be done by storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days or freezing them in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.
To reheat chicken bombs, wrap them up in foil with a splash of water and bake them for 10 to 20 minutes at 375 until warmed through.
Try These Delicious Oven Baked Chicken Bombs Today
These BBQ oven-baked chicken bombs are full of flavor, and I promise you, you’ll never look at chicken the same again after you make them. Wrapped in bacon and stuffed with what amounts to a jalapeno popper dip, these chicken bombs perfectly combine a dinner and appetizer into one meal that will have everyone begging for more. Give it a try!
More Delicious Chicken Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders – Tender and super flavorful shredded chicken topped with pineapple slaw stuffed between toasted slider buns.
Chicken Salad Sandwich – Made with tender chicken, red grapes, chopped walnuts, water chestnuts, mayonnaise and more, between toasted deli swirl rye pumpernickel bread.
Chicken Caesar Bowtie Pasta Salad – Tender rotisserie chicken, crispy bacon, bowtie pasta, Parmesan cheese, and croutons on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce and topped with creamy Caesar dressing.
And, this Malibu Chicken from Great Grub, Delicious Treats is a scrumptious Sizzler® copycat recipe that is absolutely delicious and a family favorite chicken recipe.
Chicken Bombs (Oven Baked Recipe)
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise and pound thin
- 2 tablespoons Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- (3) 12 ounce packages bacon
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire rack on top of the baking sheet. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions together until combined.
- Place the chicken breasts on parchment paper and season both sides with Cajun seasoning and pepper.
- Place about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture on the chicken and roll chicken around the cheese mixture.
- Take one slice of bacon and wrap around the stuffed chicken end to end (to hold in the cheese mixture).
- Then wrap two or three more pieces around the chicken to cover it completely. Use toothpicks to hold the bacon in place.
- Repeat with the remaining chicken.
- Place the bacon wrapped chicken bombs on the prepared baking sheet and wire rack.
- Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes then flip the chicken over with tongs and cook for another 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Brush barbecue sauce over each chicken bomb and cook for another 20-30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the chicken registers an internal temp of 165 degrees.
- Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite side dishes.
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