Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili #SundaySupper

Two weeks ago I was saying how amazing the weather is and how much I was enjoying recess duty because I had gone out two days in a row with short sleeves and no jacket.  I left for the weekend smiling but then I heard about Hurricane Sandy.  Now I live in Western Maryland and figured that while we would get some rain, it wouldn’t be enough for us to have any problems.

It turns out I was right and wrong.  We didn’t end up getting too much rain because I live in the mountains and instead we got 6 incredibly heavy and wet inches of snow!  I was surprised that we received snow instead of rain but it was enough that we were cancelled for several days due to the snow and power outages in the area.  Thankfully we kept our power on throughout the week.

Since I was off for several days, and it was very cold, it was the perfect time to make my soup for this weeks #SundaySupper.  This week our theme was to make a Soul Warming Food.  Nothing warms me up from the inside like a thick and creamy soup.

I decided to make a jalapeno popper chicken chili.  When my husband heard what I was making he was pretty excited as jalapeno poppers are one of his favorite.  I like that the soup is fairly light until the cream cheese is added at the end to make it creamy.  I used light cream cheese which tasted amazing and really added a creamy texture to the soup.

This was the perfect snowy weather soup.  It was spicy, flavorful, and filling.  Paired with a loaf of fresh crusty bread this was all we needed for a complete meal.  The soup itself has both chicken and vegetables in it.  The soup was hearty and warmed us up after a day of shoveling.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili (adapted from Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice)
1 T. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 jalapeno peppers, diced, seeds removed
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 t. sea salt
1 t. fresh ground mixed peppers (or black pepper)
1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 t. Penzey’s Arizona Dream spice (or chile powder)
1 T. ground cumin
1 t. paprika
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
2 c. cannellini beans
2 c. corn
8 oz. cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 c. sharp cheddar cheese

1.  In a large saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add in the onion, red pepper, jalapeno pepper, and garlic and saute for 5-7 minutes or until soft.

2.  Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper.  Push the vegetables to the side of the pan and add in the chicken.  Lightly brown the chicken on all sides.

3.  Add in the Arizona Dream, cumin, and paprika.  Stir to combine the spices with the chicken and vegetables.

4.  Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth, cannellini beans, and corn.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.

5.  Add in the cream cheese and stir until it is completely melted, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.

6.  Ladle the soup into a bowl and top with crumbled bacon and cheese.

We have over 50 contributors this week, bringing you their best warm you up dishes.  We have everything from stews, soups, main entrees and even some hot drinks and desserts.
Just look at the list below that is coming to the #SundaySupper table this week!

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  1. says

    I am glad that you were able to keep your power this week, it is crazy how the storm brought you so much snow. I have to say jalapeno poppers are my husband’s favourite thing and he keeps asking me to make them. But personally I find them to be too much work so unless I am making them for a party I tend to avoid them. So the idea of it in chili form is brilliant and I know I am going to have one very happy husband when I make this.

  2. says

    This looks amazing. I like that you’ve got chicken in it. Hmmm…we grow jalapenos and just gave away a bag to our neighbor yesterday. We’ll have to keep the next batch and make this!

  3. says

    I use Penzey’s spices too. love their products. I’m sorry you got snow but I’m gald you got a few days off. It’s a tradeoff I suppose. Your chili looks fantastic. I love the addition of cream cheese. I bet it made it extra flavourful and creamy!

  4. says

    I live in the eastern part of Maryland. We were pounded by wind and rain, but no real damage. Thank goodness. I heard western MD got slammed with snow. I hope you’re warm and toasty and not without electric.

    This chili looks wicked delicious. My husband is going to love it.

  5. says

    I saw how Western Maryland was covered in snow on TV and totally agree with the idea of this soup to warm you up :) It looks and sounds fantastic!!Bookmarked :)

  6. says

    Your snow looks beautiful – and I’m glad to hear you kept power through the week. I love how your soup looks and sounds. It’s the perfect dish for a snowy day. I’ve never put cream cheese in a soup, but it sounds just wonderful! We love spicy foods, and I’m definitely making this one when we head back up to the mountains!

  7. says

    I just wanted to let you know that I made this tonight and it is absolutely wonderful! This is also the recipe I have chosen to make for this week’s Sunday Supper Happy Birthday post. I hope that is okay.

    Best regards,


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