I recently visited the Cherry Street Farmers Market. The farmer’s market is a good place to grab great deals on the freshest produce, while helping support local farmers. While at the farmers market I came across Canyon Ridge Farms located in Wells, Oklahoma, who make a fantastic locally made goat cheese. If you have never tried goat cheese, you should. It tastes like cream cheese on over-drive with a sharp kick! Canyon Ridge Farms’ cheese is the best I have tasted in a long time. Once I tried their Jalapeno Goat Cheese, I immediately had visions of a Jalapeno Popper.
To kick up the traditional jalapeno popper, I used the Jalapeno Goat Cheese to stuff into a chicken breast, wrapped the whole thing in bacon and drizzled it with a touch of fresh made Ranch Dressing. How can you not love that?
- 2 chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded flat
- 4 ounces Goat Cheese, divided
- 6 pieces bacon, partially cooked
- 1 jalapeno, sliced for garnish
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish
- 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook bacon in microwave for in frying pan until the bacon has turned pink and is about half done. Drain excess grease on paper towel lined plate.
Wash chicken in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Butterfly the chicken. Place in gallon sized zip lock and flatten to 1/4 inch in thickness with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.
Place chicken on a plate. Salt and pepper chicken, then spread 2 tablespoons of Goat Cheese on chicken. Roll the chicken so that seam is on the bottom. While holding chicken breast, wrap three pieces of bacon around the breast. Place in cooking dish. Pepper the bacon.
Cook in oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Bacon should be crisp and internal temperature should be at least 165 degrees F. When chicken is done, remove from oven and place chicken on plate. Cover with foil and let it sit for 10 minutes.
When ready to serve, place on plate, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing. Garnish with fresh Cilantro and sliced jalapeno.