Jen’s Air-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

My kids’ school has a night called mini-school when they walk the parents through the kids’ schedules, the teachers talk about the curriculum, and contact info is exchanged. It goes for a few hours right when dinner would be. That’s our excuse night to grab Little Caesars for the kids and go out for a beer and hors d’oeuvres dinner after the meeting. Nice. On the last one, we popped over to a little place down the street called the Drunken Donkey. They have a great beer selection, every sports broadcast you’d wanna see, games, and beer-based munchies. Perfect. We ordered Bacon Thingies, poppers stuffed with chicken and cheese, and wrapped in bacon over shredded iceberg lettuce with a ranch drizzle. They were fantastic.

The Final Four’s coming up. I thought this would be the perfect excuse to bust out the air fryer and try to make some bacon thingies. It worked beautifully, so I thought I’d share. My youngest doesn’t like jalapeños too much, so I stuff a few mini bell peppers for her, and she adored those. I’m rocking an extra large Philips with a shelf, so I can fit 16. You can set the peppers in yours ahead of time to see how many you can fit.

If you love them, please come find me again! 😀

IMG_8354Jen’s Air-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

Serves 4 as an entrée or 8 as an hors d’oeuvre

There _should_ be mayo in this pic….

16 jalapeño or mini bell peppersIMG_8325
Remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Mine are big enough to use an apple corer on. Put in the air fryer at 390° for 5 minutes. Remove and rest.

1 ½ cups shredded or chopped cooked rotisserie chicken
1 ½ cups shredded Mexican cheese (cheddar or jack would be nice, too)
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
Combine and stuff peppers. I had about a tablespoon of filling left. My doggies helped out with that. If you don’t have dogs, any leftover can be saved to use in scrambled eggs.

IMG_832916 slices bacon
16 toothpicks
Wrap bacon to cover the open end of the pepper, then wind it around like a mummy. Secure with a toothpick, keeping the cut-side up.

Place 8 peppers, cut-side up, in one layer in the air fryer. Add 8 more on a shelf for a second layer. Air fry at 390° for 7 minutes. Rotate the peppers so that they’re on the opposite shelf, still cut-side up. Air fry for 7 more minutes. Remove and rest 1 minute.



¾ cup mayonnaise
¾ cup sour cream
½ cup buttermilk
2 T ranch powder (using Hidden Valley homestyle this time, but Penzey’s is my favorite)
Combine and spoon some into 4 dip bowls. You’ll have some left over.

To plate…
Cover 4 plates with shredded iceberg lettuce
Top with 4 poppers
Add a ranch dipping bowl.


Happy Final Four, or you know, Saturday movie night! 😀

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