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Jalapeño Cheddar Grilled Chicken

How is it August already? This summer is going by way too quickly. I still have things to cross off my summer bucket list. For example, going on a picnic in the mountains, reading a fun summer novel, and making homemade jam. I also want to fire up the grill every day in August. Ok, maybe we will give the grill a little break, but just a nap. There will be no sleeping in or extended vacations for our grill. I love cooking and dining outside during the summer and since the summer days are dwindling, we have to grill as much as we can.

And you need to fire up your grill too, because you have to try this Jalapeño Cheddar Grilled Chicken. It is a winner winner chicken dinner:)

This grilled chicken is a Josh creation. He marinates the chicken in a cilantro lime marinade and stuffs it with jalapeños, cilantro, and cheddar cheese. He grills the chicken until tender and juicy and adds cheddar cheese on top. The chicken breasts hangout on the grill just until the cheese starts to melt and ooze all over the top.

When you cut into the chicken, you will find more cheese and a little heat from the jalapeño. This Jalapeño Cheddar Grilled Chicken is packed with flavor and cheesy goodness. Josh likes to serve Bush’s Black Bean Fiesta Grillin’ Beans on the side. The black beans simmered in chipotle sauce with corn and red peppers go perfectly with the Jalapeño Cheddar Grilled Chicken.

Don’t let August pass you by. Get out your grill this weekend and make Jalapeño Cheddar Grilled Chicken. We’ve got to enjoy the beautiful summer days while we can!

Jalapeño Cheddar Grilled Chicken

Yield: 2 servings

This Jalapeño Cheddar Grilled Chicken is perfect for any summer BBQ. The chicken breast is stuffed with cheddar, jalapeño, cilantro, and is topped off with more cheese!


For the marinade:

1/2 cup fresh lime juice
Zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 teaspoons diced jalapeño
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Olive oil, for brushing the grill


1. Cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of each chicken breast, nearly through to the opposite side. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, zest, cilantro, salt, pepper, and sugar. Put chicken breasts and marinade in a large Ziploc bag and seal. Squish the bag around until breasts are well coated. Place the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (up to 12 hours).

2. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and discard marinade. Open up the slits and stuff each breast with 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, 1 teaspoon jalapeño, and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grill lightly with olive oil. Grill chicken until cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Remove from direct heat and sprinkle remaining shredded cheddar cheese on top of each breast. Cook until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and serve.

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63 Responses to “Jalapeño Cheddar Grilled Chicken”

  1. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana — August 3, 2012 @ 3:14 am

    I’ve never done a stuffed chicken breast on the grill…will definitely be giving this a try this week! :) I was planning on making a cilantro lime quinoa, so I have all the ingredients on hand!

  2. Erica — August 3, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    Yum! There is something about cilantro lime with heat that just works so well! I bought a ton of Bush’s for Kay’s bday party this weekend!!

  3. kitchen essence — August 3, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    wow! thanks for the recipe!

  4. Oh my gosh I love it!! Mmmm, nothing like jalapenos and cheese!!! Love the recipe!!!

  5. DessertForTwo — August 3, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Delicious! Thanks :)

  6. Heather @ Heater's Dish — August 3, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Tex mex heaven…I want!

  7. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 3, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I’m in heaven! I love jalapenos and the more cheese the better!

  8. Jen @ Savory Simple — August 3, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Holy deliciousness!

  9. Oooh, this sounds amazing! Jalapeno stuffed chicken AND topped with cheese – my Hubby has got to see this! And then make it :)

  10. Anna @ hiddenponies — August 3, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    I LOVE stuffed chicken and always forget how easy and delicious it is, thanks for the reminder! And I’m worried I won’t make it to homemade jam or half of my summer bucket list this year either – summer is flying by!!

  11. Jennifer — August 3, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I’ve never tried a grilled chicken breast on the grill. It’s a novel idea! Plus, a chicken stuffed with cheese and jalapenos is a great idea!

  12. Melissa M — August 3, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    I can’t wait to make this this weekend! Or maybe tonight.

  13. marla — August 3, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    My hubs LOVES jalapeños ~ we must try this chicken this weekend!

  14. Krista — August 3, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Yikes! Now of that isn’t a beautiful thing I don’t know what is! This would be devoured at our house.

  15. Cassie — August 3, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    This marinade is making my mouth water. I love these flavor for chicken!

  16. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 3, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    This entire meal looks so yummy!

  17. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 3, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    Spicy cheesy chicken is perfect!! This is a must make for sure.

  18. Julia {The Roasted Root} — August 3, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Delicious and well-balanced dinner! I could use this on my plate tonight! Have a fun weekend!

  19. Marian (Sweetopia) — August 3, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Mouthwatering! Looks amazing!

  20. Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 3, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    Yeah, I pretty much just died right now.

  21. aida mollenkamp — August 3, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    I agree, Maria, the summer is flying by way too quickly!

  22. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 3, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    Man, oh man, this recipe is making me happy. Dinner tonight: planned. And I agree too – this summer is going way too fast!!

  23. Ann P. — August 3, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    Wow, go Josh!! this is an amazing recipe 😀

  24. I just got my hands on a bunch of jalapeno’s – I KNOW how some of them will be used! This looks like something my husband will really enjoy!

  25. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 3, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    LOVE the melted cheese on top of the chicken. amazing looking!

  26. Minnie(@thelady8home) — August 3, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    Fantastic recipe! This sounds to flavourful and that spread over the chicken, its mouth watering!!!

  27. Monet — August 4, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    And I was just telling my husband we needed a new chicken recipe. Thank you for sharing with me. This looks just perfect. Now to find a grill…

  28. A unique way to spice up chicken?! Sign me up! Looks great, Maria :)

  29. Tara Noland — August 4, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    Wow, that looks so great. I am going to add it to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this Monday. Come on over to see at Cheers, Tara

  30. JulieD — August 4, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Love this!! It looks amazing!! Must make soon!

  31. Paloma — August 4, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    YUM! I love grilled chicken! Delicious! Great pics!

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  33. Riley — August 4, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    I’m always up for something spicy! Yum!

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  35. Kaylee — August 4, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    Maria, there are two plates. Did you start eating meat or was there company?

    • Two Peas replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

      No, I am still a vegetarian:) That plate was not for me:)

  36. Donna — August 4, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    You have turned chicken breasts into a flavor fest. What a stunning recipe!

  37. Alicia — August 5, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    I just found your blog today, and I’ve already bookmarked over five recipes. One question about this one. Do you have a problem with the stuffing falling out while the chicken is on the grill? If so, how do you prevent it? I can’t wait to make this recipe this week!

  38. I know what you mean. I cannot believe it’s August too! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks like it’s packed with great flavor.

  39. Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 5, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    I love it! Might even be good w/ pepperoncini too for those who don’t like it quite as spicy!

  40. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 5, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    Love that marinade and that the chicken is stuffed with cheese, yum!

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