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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.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole in a baking dish.

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

Or Jalapeno loving kids.

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.

Chicken Casserole topped with jalapenos in baking dish.

Super Creamy Texture

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.

Spoon scooping up Chicken Casserole topped with jalapenos in baking dish.

Jalapeno Popper Cicken Casserole Recipe Tip

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

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

Spoon scooping up Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole.

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

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.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 50 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 servings


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 ounces 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.


Calories: 451kcal
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: pasta, spicy

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Originally published October 14, 2016.

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66 thoughts on “Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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!


  4. 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.

  5. This looks amazing!!! Could I make this in a crockpot? If so, any suggestions on how long to leave it in for?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I haven’t made this in the crock pot Brittany so I am not really sure how it would turn out. Sorry!

    2. rochelle fitzpatrick

      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!!

    3. 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!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. Ashley - The Recipe Rebel

    Oh my word — my husband would be in Heaven if I made him this! He loves all things cheesy and spicy!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    A kicked up mac ‘n cheese sounds perfect for a Monday! Love the jalapeno flavor in here, Christin! Sounds so good for dinner!

  9. 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!

  10. Mary // Chattavore

    As always, Christin, this looks delicious! I bet that my husband would love this. I’ll have to try it soon!

    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.

  11. 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..

    3. Judith, get a life. No one wants to read your snide comments. Keep your negative remarks to yourself.

  12. 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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