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. 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. Kimberly Viducich says:

    Love your blog.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. I am new to GAPS diet and intended to apply it but I read that it require a huge amount of egg yolks daily. what about people with high LDL cholesterol levels?

  6. Hi Dlia, the theory that we subscribe to is that cholesterol doesn’t raise LDLs, inflammation does.

  7. Looks great! Your blog post says you use “sugar and nitrate bacon”, however. I know you meant sugar and nitrate- FREE! :-)

  8. Thanks :)

  9. Thank you for answer, but did anyone who’s performing this diet check the LDL levels later on? I am really curious as it is full of eggs and red meat.Thank you again

  10. No problem! I’ve had my blood checked twice since eating lots of eggs and meat, once for life insurance and once during pregnancy and both times my levels were ‘excellent’ though I don’t remember specifics. Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories Bad Calories posted specifics on his blog here

  11. 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!!

  12. They look great

  13. I have been making all sorts of grain free poppers using different peppers, bacon, pepperoni, sausage cheese, etc. No matter what combination I do they always taste great!

  14. 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.

  15. 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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