Chicken Skillet with Jalapeno and Cheese Sauce

This skillet dinner coats delicious chicken thighs with a creamy jalapeno cheese sauce.  They’re an easy weeknight dinner because you don’t have to dirty a ton of dishes to create it.  All you need is an oven-safe skillet and an extra plate.

The chicken skin becomes superbly crispy, and we love smothering it with the sauce.  However, the sauce will cause the crisp to soften a bit.  If you’d like to keep it as crisp as possible then plate your dinner with the sauce on the bottom, and then set the chicken thighs on top of it.

Yields 6 servings of Chicken Skillet with Jalapeno and Cheese Sauce

The Preparation

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 medium chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup onion, finely diced
  • 3 medium jalapeños, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

The Execution

1. Preheat your oven to 425F, and a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the olive oil to the skillet. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin.

2. Sear the chicken by placing the skin side down into the skillet. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes before flipping the chicken oven. Move the skillet to the oven the bake for another 15 minutes or until fully cooked through.

3. Set the chicken thighs aside then drain the pan so that only a few teaspoons of oil remain. Heat the pan over medium-low heat before dumping in the onion and jalapenos. Cook for about five minutes, or until softened before adding the garlic then continue to cook until fragrant.

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4. Stir in the chicken broth and cream cheese. Once it emulsifies into a cream sauce, mix in the shredded cheddar cheese.

5. Add the chicken thighs back into the skillet, make sure that they’re thoroughly coated with the cheese sauce then serve.

This makes a total of 6 servings of Chicken Skillet with Jalapeno and Cheese Sauce. Each serving comes out to be 450.65 Calories, 32.62g Fats, 4.25g Net Carbs, and 36.88g Protein.

Chicken Skillet with Jalapeno and Cheese Sauce Calories Fats(g) Carbs(g) Fiber(g) Net Carbs(g) Protein(g)
2 teaspoons olive oil 80 9
6 medium chicken thighs 1669 108 0.7 0.7 183
¾ teaspoon chili powder 5.7 0.3 1 0.7 0.3 0.3
¾ teaspoon cumin 5.3 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.5 0.3
½ cup onion 50 0.2 11 1.6 9.4 1.5
3 medium jalapeños 12 0.2 2.7 1.2 1.5 0.4
2 cloves garlic 8.9 2 0.1 1.9 0.4
½ cup low-sodium chicken broth 19 0.7 1.4 1.4 2.4
4 ounces cream cheese 397 39 6.3 6.3 7
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 457 38 3.5 3.5 26
Totals 2703.9 195.7 29.3 3.8 25.5 221.3
Per Serving(/6) 450.65 32.62 4.88 0.63 4.25 36.88

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