Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole

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Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole


Jalapeno fans will love this Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole. It’s super creamy and in addition to bacon and chicken it also has pasta and plenty of cheese, both Cheddar and Monterey Jack.

So it’s really like a kicked-up mac and cheese. For grown-ups.

Or Jalapeno loving kids.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole


I know there are a few of those out there. I think spicy, cheesy food is the best. But you really can tone back the jalapeno and you’re left with a super creamy chicken casserole.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole


The creaminess comes from Challenge Cream Cheese. It’s a super high-quality cream cheese and I love to use it in everything from cheesecakes to dips. Made with real milk, cream, and natural ingredients, Challenge Cream Cheese is totally smooth and silky in texture and it really gives whatever you use it in a superior taste. It’s all about quality ingredients.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole


Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole


I use rotisserie chicken for convenience and penne for the pasta, but you can really use any pasta shape.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole is perfect comfort food for fall weather.

Watch the short video below to see how to make Jalapeno Popper Casserole.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Challenge butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 ounces Challenge cream cheese, softened, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 jalapenos, 2 diced and 1 sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 8 ounces penne pasta, cooked


  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick pan. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  • Add onion to bacon grease and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add butter to pan. When melted, sprinkle flour into pan. Stir and cook 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk.
  • Add cream cheese and stir until melted.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in half of Monterey Jack cheese and half of cheddar cheese until smooth.
  • Stir in diced jalapeno, chicken, pasta, and half of bacon.
  • Pour into a greased casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining bacon, cheese and the sliced jalapeno.
  • Return to oven and bake 10 more minutes.


You can use fresh or canned jalapeno. I actually like to use 1 fresh jalapeno and 1 canned jalepeno for the diced jalapeno.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I appreciate the opportunity to share products I love and use in my own kitchen.

58 thoughts on “Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole

  1. Even my husband who doesn’t love chicken got 2nds. My young boys ate it too. I used more jalapeño and less cream cheese cause that’s all i had but so yummy!

  2. I was super excited to try this, but it ended up being a good base recipe for my family. Not even the tiniest bit spicy. Next time I will add a couple of Serrano chiles to the jalepenos and maybe some zesty ranch seasoning to the cheese mix. And use pepper or habanero jack instead of Monterey Jack.

  3. This recipe was amazing! Everyone had seconds and there was none left over. I doubled the recipe and cooked in a 9X13 casserole dish. I used real bacon bits (1 tbsp. for each slice), dry (moistened with water) minced onions (1 tbsp. per onion), and jarred jalapenos (1 tablespoon per jalapeno). I am sure the fresh ingredients would have been tastier. It was simple to make and delicious. Would definitely make again.

  4. Absolutely delicious.. but definitely not for the health conscious. My family loved it! It is definitely a keeper recipe. So much flavor. I used jalapeños from my son’s garden.. I love spicy so next time around I will be adding more and probably keeping in the seeds along with some cayenne pepper as another post suggested. Can’t wait to make again!

  5. Made this tonight and received so many compliments. Made it exactly as written. My family says it’s a keeper! We used fresh jalapeños from our garden. We have enough leftover for another meal. Great great flavor! Will save this for a football Sunday comfort food. We ate it today when the temperature was 90 degrees!!!!!!! Still delicious!!!

  6. Delicious… tweeked this recipe a tad bit. Left out jalapeños (not spice tolerant) and used turkey bacon instead of pork. This casserole was a hit with my husband who is very picky . Very tasty!

  7. Made this for Sunday dinner and it came out great! I added a can of cream of chicken and cayenne pepper to add some heat. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Has anyone tried to freeze this and reheat? My husband and son love it! Would be awesome to have it in the freezer to heat up on busy nights! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Made this last night. My husband said the recipe is a keeper. He loves jalapeños & bacon so this is a winner for him. I used 8 oz cream cheese, 2 cups of milk & 1 cup of chicken stock instead of broth (for more flavor). I also doubled the amount of bacon crumbles. I used 2 cups Mexican blend cheese & it worked perfectly. I baked mine for one hour covered & then following the directions for the topping. It was not dry at all & the flavor was wonderful.

  10. Made this for dinner tonight and we liked it a lot. As a swap I used turkey breast instead of chicken as I had a monstrous amount of leftovers after Thanksgiving and we needed something different. We’ve eaten a lot of turkey recently.

  11. Made this delicious casserole – thank you for a great recipe. Only change I made was double the jalapenos to 6 because we love them.

  12. I had some left over chicken to use up and had a guest over, so this was great to throw together for a filling meal!

    I made this with minor modifications and it turned out great!
    – Used 2 left over baked breaded chicken thighs. Skin peeled off, Diced/shredded.
    -Used some cooked, then frozen bacon I always keep on hand.
    – Didn’t have fresh or canned jalapenos, but did have jalapeno powder. Used about 1 T of it, Wasn’t enough- jalapenos as the recipe calls for would have been much better!
    -Used cheese I had on hand, combo of colby jack, cheddar jack, and motz. About 1 1/2 cups IN the sauce, then sprinkling on top of sauce.
    -Added crushed ritz crackers and melted butter to the top as another reader suggested! I like a bit of crunch on my casseroles.

    I cooked everything (except the noodles) in a stainless steel skillet w/ stainless handles, then added cooked noodles and put it right into the oven. Much less cleanup!

    I had enough that I scooped some of the sauce/chicken/noodle mixture into an 8″ round pan and froze it. I think it should be fine froze! I’ll add the cracker crumbs when i cook it!

    It turned out really good, not quite enough spice- but that’s completely my fault for not having the correct ingredients on hand! Yum!

  13. I am super excited to try this delicious looking recipe. I have some homegrown jalapeño’s that I want to use in recipes. and this looks amazing. My husband will live this. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  14. Tried it and it turned out great! Of course it’s a little heavy with all of the pasta and dairy, but it is definitely delicious! Not something I will cook too often because I just try to eat dairy and pasta moderately as well as my family, but it is definitely in my recipe book and will definitely cook again.

  15. I love this recipe! With mine i add crushed ritz cracker with melted butter on top. My family Loves this casserole.

  16. I made this recipe for my family tonight and I was delicious! The shredded chicken seemed a little out of place, I would probably serve with grilled chicken or none at all. I added salt for a little extra flavor. I would definitely make it again, but probably make a few little tweaks to my liking. Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Awesome! I made this tonight adapting it to our LCHF (keto) lifestyle.. amazing! Super easy, wicked flavorful! Thanks so much for the inspiration! 👍😉

  18. My family LOVES kick–we’ve added 2-3 habaneros along with the jalapenos’… We are looking forward to playing with chipotle’s with this recipe!

  19. Made this on Saturday. Followed the recipe to a t, and WOW. Absolutely delicious. I will definitely make again. However, I will make 2 changes. More bacon and more jalapenos. Though it was excellent, I just want it a tad spicier 🙂

  20. has anyone had what looks like mold appear in this dish? Straight out of the oven and I scooped it into my plate and it looks like it is full of green mold spots

  21. Hi Christin, I’m new to your blog…I made this casserole this evening, and I LOVED IT! SO AMAZING!!! My husband also thought it was the bomb. This will be a regular in our rotation. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Can’t wait to eat leftovers tomorrow. =D

    And I can’t wait to make it again next week. And next month. And pretty much forever!


  22. People are terrible and can’t say anything nice I can’t wait to try this and I might make it hotter than two peppers.

    1. Do you have the new crockpot casserole cooker? It worked great! Look up “coking pasta” in a crockpot and adjust your recipe—OR use precooked pasta and cooked chicken–the rotisserie chicken had phenomenal flavor but I would assume any well marinaded baked chicken would be great–Montreal beef seasoning on chicken is my family’s favorite! Add crisped bacon prior to serving or it’ll be soggy!!

    2. Very good! Definitely enough to split and freeze for 2-4 .
      I used skinless split chicken breasts which I seasoned before cooking, Shredded and used a little less pasta .
      Could “ buffalo “ it by striping Wing-sauce across top at the end if u want a little more spice! And I used cheese I had on hand as it’s all melted together anyway!

  23. We loved this and I even used GF pasta, which is not always great tasting. Worked in this and my kids didn’t even notice! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. I made this for dinner last night and my whole family loved it. So delicious! I had everything on hand except the jalapenos, so I used about a tablespoon of canned diced jalapenos I had. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks!

    1. My husband counts carbs. I control his diabetes WITH diet alone. I will use Dreamfield penne pasta and because of the amount of fiber in the pasta he will be able to eat a hearty man sized portion of this casserole. Learn what you are talking about before you criticize.

  25. I would not use this because of all the pasta in it. I didn’t expect that and I don’t EVER eat because it ruins my blood sugars. I’ve also lost 90 pounds by not eating starchy foods and I’m not interested in going backwards.

    1. Judith, this casserole looks super delicious, and my family and friends would love it! If this recipe is not for you, why bother to comment at all! Personally, I watch my carbs, too, but will cook and bake foods that my family members enjoy. This site might not be for you!

    2. I agree, if you aren’t going to make it, why even bother to comment.. it was obvious it had pasta in it from the get go, so why even read much less comment. People put their heart & soul into their cooking & are gracious enough to share.. don’t rain on their parade..

  26. It would be nice if you would provide weights of ingredients when appropriate. Volume measurements of dry or semi-dry ingredients can be variable dependent a number of factors.

    Shredded cheese can have a lot of air or little air when put into a Cup measure, for example. Bags of shredded cheese have weight printed on the wrapper. One may estimate the weight by using that information and take a percentage.

    Small kitchen scales are cheap. Even the occasional cook should own one.


    1. Buy a scale and weigh your own food, it’s not a chefs job to work out your diet for you if you want to loose a few pounds you’re going to have to do the leg work I’m sorry. In the mean time enjoy this beautiful recipe it looks fantastic!

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