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Jalapeno Chicken Breasts

Jalapeno Chicken Breasts

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Slow Cook 5 hrs to 6 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours (high)

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Bone-in chicken breast halves are often enormous; for more modest portions, cut each breast in half crosswise before cooking. You can also substitute meaty chicken pieces such as skinned drumsticks or thighs; cooking time remains the same.


  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (5 to 5 1/2 pounds), skinned
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sliced pickled jalapeno peppers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 8 - ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), cut into cubes and softened
  • 2 slices bacon or turkey bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled (optional)
  • Sliced green onions (optional)


  1. Sprinkle chicken with chili powder and salt. Arrange chicken, bone side down, in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Pour broth and lemon juice around chicken. Top with sliced jalapeno peppers.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.Transfer chicken and jalapeno peppers to a serving platter, reserving cooking liquid. Cover chicken and keep warm.
  3. For sauce: Transfer 1 1/2 cups reserved cooking liquid to a small saucepan (discard remaining cooking liquid). In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and the water; stir into cooking liquid. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until slightly thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Gradually add cream cheese, whisking until melted and smooth. Serve chicken with sauce. If desired, sprinkle with bacon and green onions.

Nutrition Facts

(Jalapeno Chicken Breasts)

Servings Per Recipe 6, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 15, vit. C (mg) 4, cal. (kcal) 389, sat. fat (g) 6, Niacin (mg) 21, chol. (mg) 185, Riboflavin (mg) 0, vit. A (IU) 759, iron (mg) 1, calcium (mg) 62, pro. (g) 56, Potassium (mg) 832, sugar (g) 2, Folate (µg) 13, Monounsaturated fat (g) 4, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 2, carb. (g) 5, fiber (g) 0, sodium (mg) 560, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1

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