January 30th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
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This snack is on fire. As team rivalries heat up, make sure your game-day spread keeps pace.

This spicy snack stacks all the flavor of Buffalo wings into a cheesy jalapeño pepper filling.

Buffalo Jalapeño Poppers
Makes 20 poppers

jalapeno poppers

10 fresh jalapeño peppers
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened (approximately 1/2 of the standard 8-oz packet)
1/4 cup chicken, cooked and finely shredded (you can use breast, wing, leg or thigh meat - basically whatever you have on hand)
Hot sauce to taste (we used about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
Optional: Bacon, tortilla chip crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.

Halve the jalapeño peppers lengthwise and remove stems, seeds and membranes with a spoon. (Be sure to wash your hands after handling the peppers. Or, if you're particularly sensitive, wear latex or plastic gloves or slip your hand into a resealable plastic bag and wear it like a glove.)

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded chicken and hot sauce. Spoon the mixture into the jalapeño halves and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each half with cheese. (If you opt for bacon, cut the slices into thirds and then wrap each pepper with 1/3 slice. You can either secure the bacon with a toothpick or make sure the seam is on the bottom of the pepper.)

Place the peppers, filling side up, on the baking sheet and bake until the top is golden and bubbly - about 20 minutes. (If you opt for tortilla chips, sprinkle crumbs from the bottom of the bag on the top of each popper for some crunch.)

Make these delicious things for the Super Bowl:
Slow cooker chicken wings
Slow cooker chili con queso
Homemade tortilla chips
Pizza dip
Other dips including guacamole, artichoke dip and pimento cheese

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Tom

    i can probably survive on just jalapeno poppers solely. but these do not go down without being doused in hot sauce first. this place has the best selection I can find on line @ http://www.peppernutz.com

    March 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Arturo Féliz-Camilo

    Reblogged this on Mr. Feliz's Blog (Teacher Arturo).

    February 2, 2014 at 10:26 am |
  3. Cindy Abraham

    Reblogged this on Hostess Goddess and commented:
    Love these especially for game night. You can add some ranch/blue cheese dressing on top to make it a perfect bite.

    January 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
  4. asianlifegoddess

    Reblogged this on lifeprotocolsblog and commented:
    The lazy in me. Yup, just reblogging and soaking in all the goodness of somebody else's post. I will actually make this, when I find some Jalapeno peppers in Metro Manila.

    January 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm |
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