A recipe for juicy chicken breast smothered in sliced jalapeno peppers, garlic-infused spinach, fresh tomato and topped with melted Muenster cheese.
This recipe has been around a LONG time in the Madness household. It goes back to the early days of our marriage, when I was still more or less learning how to cook (Still am! Always!), more dabbling than anything, but wanting more than just plain chicken in a pan. I don't even know where the original recipe idea came from, but I do know I altered it quite a bit, adding in the seasonings we've come to prefer, along with spicy chili peppers, of course, jalapeno peppers in this case. I used to make this one all the time. It's easy. That's pretty KEY when you're crazy busy or not in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
I had this recipe on our older web site at Jalapeno Madness - http://jalapenomadness.com/recipe_jalapeno_downtown_chicken.html - Yeah, it's been around that long. You can see how our photography skills have improved since then, eh? Regardless, it's still as tasty as ever!
At the end of the day, the recipe is chicken breast that has been pounded flat, seasoned with a spicy seasoning blend and seared, layered with jalapeno peppers, tomato slices and garlic infused spinach, then topped with melty cheese. Oh baby! It's just the right amount of decadence without being TOO bad.
It looks like a huge clump of gooey cheese over the top, but that is juicy spinach underneath, along with the tomato and jalapenos. OBVI, feel free to add as much cheese as you'd like, but we like to drape just enough over the top, about a half slice, to cover it and give that flavor pop. Really, though, it's all about the veggie combo and the seared chicken. I figured it was about time we updated some of the older recipes on our site, and from our older sites that we still love. I didn't want to just move the recipe straight over without updating the photos. This one is definitely worth it. I hope you'll give it a try!
I made some small updates to the recipe as well, basically omitting the feta cheese and worcestershire. I think those would still be good additions, but I wanted to make sure the spinach flavors were not lost here. Both versions are good! Let me know what you think!
Jalapeno Downtown Chicken - Recipe
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced into rings
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
- 1 chicken breast, thawed and sliced lengthwise, thin
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasonings
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1 slice Muenster or provolone cheese
- Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add olive oil. Add jalapeno peppers and cook about 5 minutes, flipping them through, until softened and starting to char. Remove from heat and set aside.
- To the pan, add spinach and garlic. Toss and cook a couple minutes, until spinach is cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Pound the chicken flat with a tenderizer or rolling pin to about a half inch thick.
- Season the chicken with Cajun seasonings, salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Sear about 2 minutes each side, then reduce heat to low and cook until chicken is done throughout. Use a bit of cooking spray to avoid sticking if needed.
- Top chicken with spinach, tomato slices and jalapeno pepper slices, then top with a half slice of cheese.
- Cover the pan until cheese is melted. Serve!