Recently, I posted the recipe for my Guilt-Free Jalapeno Artichoke Dip. We love it SOOOOO much, I had to figure out a way to legitimately have it for dinner!
The creamy, cheesy dip is super tasty and so easy to make, and I really wanted to enjoy it more often than just the occasional get-together. So I decided to try it on top of chicken, and voila! A new dinner recipe was born!
I love to bake chicken for dinner. It is nice and easy at the end of a long day to just toss some chicken in a baking pan and stick it in the oven. You can use this recipe with chicken breasts or thighs, either will work well!
Recently I started using boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts. They are not that much different nutritionally, and the dark meat adds even more flavor to this recipe.
To make things super-easy, you can make the jalapeno artichoke dip head of time, store it in the refrigerator, and then just pull it out when you are ready to bake your chicken.
You can even use your slow cooker to make the dip, if you want (directions can be found HERE).
I ended up making this dinner a few times to get the recipe just right, and then again to capture photos, and I am happy to report that the boys and DH did not mind at all that I served this multiple times over a span of a few weeks!! 🙂
Jalapeno Artichoke Chicken Bake
For the Jalapeno Artichoke Dip
- 8 ounces fat-free cream cheese
- 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
- 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (divided)
- 2 tablespoons reduced fat grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 14 ounces artichoke hearts (2 cans, drained and roughly chopped)
- 1/4 cup jalapeno slices (from a jar, finely chopped)
For the chicken bake:
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs*
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 16-20 buttery crackers (like Ritz or Town House), crumbled
For the jalapeno artichoke dip:
- Combine all ingredients except for ½ cup mozzarella cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir to combine.
- Microwave for 2 minutes on high, then stir well.
- Microwave for another 2 minutes, or until hot.
- Top with the remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese, and allow it to melt (microwave another 10-20 seconds if needed).
For the chicken bake:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Place the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish and spoon the jalapeno dip on top.
- Bake about 15 minutes.
- In a bowl, combine mozzarella cheese with cracker crumbs.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and sprinkle the cracker mixture on top of jalapeno artichoke dip.
- Return to the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked.
Note that the jalapeno artichoke dip can be made in the slow cooker instead of the microwave. Recipe here: https://dizzybusyandhungry.com/guilt-free-jalapeno-artichoke-dip/
*If you use chicken breasts instead of thighs, you may need to increase the baking time up to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the breasts.
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