Chinese Jalapeno Chicken (One Pot)

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Quick and easy jalapeno chicken recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot on stovetop in 30 minutes. Creamy and spicy with Asian/ Chinese flavor inspiration.

If you are fond of spicy meals that are still balanced, you are going to love today’s meal. It’s delicious just like my Black Pepper Chicken (One Pot) and Szechuan Chicken (One Pot). The recipe is versatile enough that you can always adjust the spice level, based on your family’s preference.

Please note that this recipe is different than Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Chicken (One Pot), which is inspired my Mexican flavors.

Chinese Jalapeno Chicken in White Plate on Gray Background

How to make jalapeno chicken recipe from scratch?

  1. Heat sesame oil and olive oil- Over medium-high heat.
  2. Add other ingredients- This includes chicken, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, vinegar, jalapenos, salt, pepper.
  3. Mix- Until combined.
  4. Cover and cook- Until chicken is almost cooked through.
  5. Uncover and cook- Until sauce thickens.
  6. Turn off heat- And mix in cream cheese and heavy cream.
  7. Enjoy– Garnish with green onions and dig in.

What sides to serve with Asian/ Chinese jalapeno chicken?

It’s best served with rice. Try any of these:

Noodles are another delicious option such as:

Never under-estimate a good salad side like:

Soups can complete any meal. Try these:

Homemade Asian Chicken in Black Nonstick Pot

Variations

Make it very creamy- Mix in more cream cheese and heavy cream than the quantities listed below.

Add vegetables- Mix in some spinach or 1 cup of frozen vegetables to make this meal even more filling.

Garnish options- Green onions, cilantro, additional chopped jalapenos, shredded mozzarella cheese.

Make is even more spicy- By mixing in some red chili flakes or increasing the quantity of jalalpenos and sriracha sauce.

Use a different cut of chicken– Try chicken thighs, legs, or wings. Just note they will have different cook times.

Mix in boiled and drained pasta- Do this near the end and toss everything together until combined.

Try other proteins- Such as shrimp or sausage or beef.

Use leftovers as a topping or add-in– In pizzas, salads, rice, pasta, tacos, sandwiches, wraps or even as a filling in the Best Cheese Quesadillas (One Pan).

Add to soup– Use leftovers in this Egg Drop Soup (One Pot).

Spoonful of Spicy Jalapeno Cream Cheese Chicken - Closeup Shot

Tips and Techniques

Adjust amount of spice- Add more or less jalapenos and sriracha sauce, based on your tolerance level.

Feed a crowd- Double or even triple the ingredients and use a larger pot or pan to make a bigger batch.

Use low sodium soy sauce- Because that prevents this dish from becoming too salty.

Don’t omit sesame oil- Because it adds a lot of flavor that you would not achieve with any other ingredient.

Use fresh garlic and ginger- Because they have the best and strongest flavor profiles. If you are in a pinch, you can use garlic powder and ginger powder but it’s just not the same.

Heavy cream substitute- Use whole milk instead.

Cream cheese substitute- Use full fat Greek yogurt of full fat sour cream but they are both likely to add a bit of tanginess that can affect the overall flavor.

Deseed jalapenos- This means to remove seeds. It’s important because it prevents the meal from becoming too spicy.

Use nonstick pot or pan- Because it prevents the chicken and sauce from sticking and burning.

How to thicken sauce? Cook uncovered until excess liquid is reduced. You can also mix in additional heavy cream and cream cheese to make it thicker.

How to make sauce thinner? Mix in some broth or water to thin it out.

What vinegar to use? Regular distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar or even rice vinegar are all good choices.

Make sure all the chicken is cut up about the same size– Because this allows it to cook evenly.

Storage

Refrigerate– Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Freeze– I don’t recommend freezing leftovers because this meal has dairy and that does not thaw well and tends to separate.

Reheat– In the microwave.

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One Pot Jalapeno Chicken

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and easy jalapeno chicken recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot on stovetop in 30 minutes. Creamy and spicy with Asian/ Chinese flavor inspiration.

Servings: 4 People
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy chicken, jalapeno chicken, spicy chicken
Calories: 193 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 pound Boneless chicken breast Cut into small 1.5 inch cubes
  • 1 clove Garlic Finely minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger Freshly grated, Or replace with 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1-2 tsp Soy sauce Low sodium
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp Vinegar Or lemon juice
  • 1 Jalapeno Small, Deseeded, Finely chopped
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 tbsp Cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp Heavy cream Or whole milk
  • 1 tbsp Green onions Thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat sesame oil and olive oil in a large nonstick pot or pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Add chicken, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, vinegar, jalapenos, salt, pepper and mix everything together.

  3. Cover and cook for about 8 minutes on medium-high heat.

  4. Remove lid and let it cook uncovered for 2-3 minutes until excess liquid is reduced and sauce is starting to thicken.

  5. Turn off heat and mix in cream cheese and heavy cream.

  6. Mix until cheese is fully melted and sauce is creamy.

  7. Garnish with jalapenos and green onions and additional jalapenos (finely chopped), if you like. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Jalapeno Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 346mg14%
Potassium 420mg12%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 191IU4%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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