Chicken Pepper Poppers for BBQs and Potlucks


On the 5th we had these as part of the Grain Free Meal Plan. They’re fun to eat, tasty, and can be made on the grill or baked in the oven. These would be sure to fly off the table at a potluck too!

Chicken Pepper Poppers

2 pounds boneless chicken, thighs are great
4 Anaheim chilies
1 pound bacon (we use sugar and nitrate free beef bacon found here)

Wooden Skewers

Optional Marinade: The day before marinade chicken as it thaws in the juice of two lemons, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 cup olive oil and 4 cloves of garlic. Just place the unwraped chicken in a zip-top bag with the marinade ingredients and allow to thaw in the fridge, turning once if you remember.

Chicken Pepper Popper Directions: Freeze the chicken for 20 minutes (set a timer so you don’t forget!) so it is easier to cut. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
Wash the chilies, cut the stem off, and cut a slit down the side. Use your finger, under running water, to remove seeds. Cut chilies into 2-inch long segments.

Preheat oven to 425*

Stuff a bite sized piece of chicken into a pepper piece, then wrap tightly around the pepper with a bacon piece, and stick the whole roll up on a wooden skewer. If your bacon is long enough, you may wish to cut it in half to extend it. That’s what I do with mine.

Push the roll up all the way to the end and then continue with the chicken/pepper/bacon wraps, spacing them about 1/8 – ¼ inch apart on the skewer, 6 to a skewer.

Any extras of anything can be put on its own skewer.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

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  1. erica says

    Are these spicy? I’ve never had these chilies before. Just wondering if my kids will run screaming from the table before I make them. :)

  2. Kristi C says

    Bet if you wanted them spicy you could use jalepenos instead. And I wonder if you could grill these on the BBQ. Have you tried them that way? I think I will try this for my stepdaughter’s wedding shower. Yummo!

  3. says

    I just saw a recipe for this same sort of thing on the primal blueprint website. It used a pepperocini or jalapeno for the pepper and looked so good. Now that I have seen the concept twice in one day I NEED to go to the store and get the stuff to make these ASAP.

  4. Kelsey says

    Oh my goodness these look amazing. I LOVE anaheim peppers AND bacon (who doesn’t??). I’m going to for sure give these a try!!

  5. Carole says

    The latest popper I made was a meatball with bits of jalapeño pepper in it wrapped in bacon.Yum!
    I like your recipe because it has the chicken for more protein as well.

  6. Buffy says

    If anyone is concerned about how hot the pepper is, you could use pasilla peppers. They are much like a green bell pepper with just a touch of heat.


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