Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad

April 11, 2024 - Country Cooking

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad is super creamy with lots of jalapenos, cheddar cheese, and bacon. This is a chicken salad for people who love bold, spicy flavor.

I love Jalapeno Popper anything: Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad, Jalapeno Popper Pasta Salad, Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs. You just can’t go wrong with jalapenos!

I used mayonnaise and cream cheese for the base of this chicken salad.  Trust me. Chicken salad tastes so rich and good with cream cheese mixed in.

I like to primarily use pickled jalapeno peppers for this recipe. I also chop up a fresh jalapeno pepper and add it in for double the jalapeno flavor. For even more flavor, I add a little juice from the jar of pickled jalapenos.

How To Serve

Chicken Salad goes from boring to to spicy with this Jalapeno Popper Chicken salad.

Serve over a bed of lettuce for a low carb lunch.

Scoop it onto cucumber slices for a low carb appetizer or snack.

Stuff an avaocado half with it. This is another great low carb lunch idea.

Stuff a vine-ripened tomato with it.

Make a sandwich or wrap. I like to add lettuce and tomato.

Recipe Tip

This spicy chicken salad is best if made at least an hour in advance.

How To Store

Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. If you use cooked chicken that was made more than a day in advance, I would only keep the chicken salad for 3 days or so. If you make it with fresh chicken, it will be good for 4 to 5 days.

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Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad is super creamy with lots of jalapenos, cheddar cheese, and bacon. This is a chicken salad for people who love bold, spicy flavor. Eat it on a bed of lettuce for a low carb lunch or make a sandwich or wrap with it.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken salad, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes minutes
Total Time 10 minutes minutes
Servings 4
Calories 765kcal


4 ounces cream cheese, softened3/4 cup mayonnaise1/2 teaspoon garlic powder3 cups shredded cooked chicken, I use rotisserie chicken1/3 cup finely chopped red onion1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos1 tablespoon juice from the jar of pickled jalapenos1/4 teaspoon black pepper1/4 teaspoon salt1 fresh jalapeno, chopped6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheesechopped fresh cilantro for garnish, optional


Place cream cheese, mayonnaise, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Stir until smooth.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before eating.
Top with chopped cilantro if desired.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. 


Calories: 765kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 1033mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 2mg

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Originally published August 16, 2017.

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