Caramelized Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

by Erin

Last night, Brandi and Katie came over for Valentine’s Day dinner. After going through a list of possible entree options, we all agreed upon this chicken dish from Jessica over at How Sweet It Is. It was a great choice because it was ready in about 30 minutes, which is perfect for a weeknight dinner, and the sauce was very creamy and flavorful. I would’ve sworn it was made with heavy cream if I hadn’t known otherwise.

We served this over a bed of brown rice. For side dishes Katie brought over a salad and homemade dressing with lemon zest, and Brandi made black beans with a cojita cheese mixture for topping. Everything worked together wonderfully! It was a great meal with friends :-). And then we watched 50/50 to test out our tear ducts. Don’t worry they are fully functional for all three of us.

P.S. I cannot wait to share dessert with you tomorrow!

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Serves 4


2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped

1 shallot, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp canola oil

2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp flour (any kind will do, I used whole wheat)

1/4 cup low-fat or skim milk

12-oz. can fat-free evaporated milk

2 Tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Add chopped jalapenos, shallots and garlic to a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped (not pureed). Set aside.
  2. Tenderize chicken breasts if desired and pat completely dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Once the oil is hot, add chicken breasts (make sure they are COMPLETELY DRY) and cook for about 6-8 minutes per side, until each side is caramelized and golden. If needed, use the remaining canola oil when flipping the chicken.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, add in the chopped jalapeno mixture, stirring to coat, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once fragrant (do NOT put your face directly over the jalapenos!), whisk in flour and stir continuously to create a roux. Cook mixture for 1-2 minutes, then add in milks, reducing the heat to medium-low. Continue to stir continuously until mixture begins to thicken (about 6-8 minutes), adding in Parmesan cheese and reducing the heat even more. Once the desired thickness has been reached, turn off heat. Stir every so often – it may thicken even more while sitting – and you can add additional milk to thin it out if needed. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  4. Serve chicken over rice, vegetables or pasta and top with jalapeno cream.

Source: How Sweet It Is

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Carolyn February 16, 2012 - 5:49 am

Okay, I buzzed this without even looking at the recipe because you had me at jalapeno cream!!!

spiffycookie February 16, 2012 - 8:57 am

Haha thanks! I want to spread that cream over all kinds of things now.

Deborah February 16, 2012 - 12:03 am

I have been wanting to try that sauce – so glad to hear it was a hit!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 15, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Ohhh, jalapeno cream sauce sounds just wonderful! Great V-Day dinner!

Living The Sweet Life February 15, 2012 - 10:25 pm

Yum!! Jessica, is pretty much a foodie genius. I’m not surprised this recipe was a success .. and I CAN’T wait for desert either :D happy belated v-day.

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 15, 2012 - 6:36 pm

I tried this recipe and it didn’t turn out well, but your does! I’ll have to try it again! The flavor was nice but the sauce looked brown on mine!!

spiffycookie February 15, 2012 - 7:20 pm

Weird. Did you use fresh jalapenos?

Emily @ Life on Food February 15, 2012 - 4:43 pm

This looks marvelous. It always amazing me what evaporated milk can do to a recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Maggie @ Kitchie Coo February 15, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Jalapeno cream!? Yum!! I’m making this for sure, and good to know its quick for a week night dinner! Sounds like you had a great Valentine’s Day! Girl time is always wonderful!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 15, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Oh my goodness does that look delicious, Erin! Sounds like you had a nice Valentine’s day with the girls. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful blog and I’m glad to have found it.

spiffycookie February 15, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Thank you! I cannot wait to share dessert with you all tomorrow.

Brandi February 15, 2012 - 10:24 pm

I can’t wait either! It was sooooooooooo good!

Tracey February 15, 2012 - 1:13 pm

Sounds like a fun V-Day with friends! I’m a wimp when it comes to heat, is the dish spicy or is the heat mellowed by the milk?

spiffycookie February 15, 2012 - 1:26 pm

With the seeds taken out it didn’t seem too spicy to me with the milk added (but of course that is completely subjective)

Steph@stephsbitebybite February 15, 2012 - 1:07 pm

This is definitely a meal for The Hubs! He’s all about those spicy green jalapenos!

Kim February 15, 2012 - 11:41 am

Oh my gosh…this chicken looks divine! It’s just the kind of thing my husband and i love to eat. Pinning this:)

Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes February 15, 2012 - 10:51 am

This recipe looks delicious! Jalapeno cream sounds fantastic!

Jennifer | Mother Thyme February 15, 2012 - 10:40 am

This recipe looks amazing! I love all the flavors. I bet it is delicious!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 15, 2012 - 8:35 am

I have this recipe printed as well – I saw it last week and immediately knew it had to be made! Sounds like a great girls night for Valentine’s Day!


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