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Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers are a spicy and savory appetizer perfect for game days or your next BBQ. These poppers combine the creamy texture of cream cheese, a spicy kick from the buffalo chicken, and crispy bacon crumbled on top, all packed into fresh jalapeño peppers. This dish is easy to prepare and will be a fast favorite for your guests.

Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers are a delicious twist on the classic jalapeño popper. By adding buffalo chicken and bacon, these poppers deliver an extra layer of flavor. The cream cheese provides a smooth contrast to the heat of the jalapeños, making each bite perfect. These poppers are great for parties, and the Buffalo Everything fans in your life will really appreciate them!

Don’t have buffalo sauce? Make some of your own! We have a few great varieties to choose from. Our Old Bay Buffalo Sauce is a huge hit, and the base is Old Bay Hot Sauce, which you’ll want to put on everything once you try it.

Our classic Cholula Buffalo Sauce, our most popular version, is also available. Made with Cholula, butter, and vinegar, it is simple and perfect for this recipe or a batch of our buffalo wings.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Bold Flavors: Spicy jalapeños, creamy cheese, and buffalo chicken create a delicious combination.
  • Easy to Make: Simple steps and common ingredients make this recipe accessible.
  • Versatile Appetizer: Great for parties, game days, or any casual gathering.
  • Satisfying Crunch: The crispy bacon adds a delightful texture contrast.

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Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Jalapeño Peppers
  • Cream Cheese
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Bacon
  • Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Buffalo Sauce

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Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

How to make Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  1. Prepare the Grill: Preheat to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Season and Cook Chicken: Mix spices, season chicken, cook in bacon drippings until done.
  3. Prepare Jalapeños: Slice in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
  4. Assemble Poppers: Fill jalapeño halves with cream cheese, top with buffalo chicken, and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
  5. Grill: Cook the poppers on the grill for 20-25 minutes.

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Buffalo Chicken Poppers FAQ

How do I store leftover Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers?

Any leftover poppers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or back on the grill at 350°F (175°C) until warmed.

Can I make these poppers in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the jalapeños and fill them ahead of time. Store them in the refrigerator and grill just before serving.

What variations can I try?

For a different twist, use shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken breast. You can also experiment with different cheeses or add a sprinkle of cheddar on top.

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Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

These spicy jalapeno poppers have an extra kick since they are stuffed with tender, spicy, buffalo chicken! Topped with crumbled bacon, this is going to be such a hit at your next BBQ!
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Course: Appetizer, Traeger Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, chicken breast, jalapeno, jalapeno poppers
Prep Time: 30 minutes
25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Nicole Johnson


  • 12 jalapeño peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 4 ounces bacon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce


  • Preheat grill to 375°F (190°C).
  • Mix salt, onion powder, garlic, and paprika together. Sprinkle evenly onto chicken breast.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Add chicken breast to the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). Remove from heat and let cool.
  • While the chicken cools, slice jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
  • Dice cooled chicken into 1/4-inch pieces. Toss diced chicken in buffalo sauce until evenly coated.
  • Fill each jalapeño half with cream cheese.
  • Top each cream cheese-filled jalapeño with about 1 tablespoon of diced chicken, pressing slightly into the cream cheese.
  • Crumble bacon and sprinkle on top of each jalapeño.
  • Place prepared jalapeños on a cookie sheet and transfer to the preheated grill. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from grill and serve.

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Calories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 17gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 811mgPotassium: 375mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 916IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 0.5mg
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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