Creamy Jalapeño Skillet Chicken


These easy chicken cutlets are perfect for a weeknight dinner. A creamy jalapeño sauce coats the cutlets for a flavorful bite with a good amount of heat. Serve over rice or pasta.

a recipe photo of the Creamy Jalapeño Skillet Chicken
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Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 chicken cutlets (about 1 pound)

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or other neutral oil, divided

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 large jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped (1/2 cup)

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes

  • ½ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • Chopped cilantro for garnish (Optional)


  1. Stir cumin, chili powder and salt together in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with the spice mixture.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken; cook, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion and jalapeños to the pan. Cook, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add broth and cream cheese; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring to melt the cream cheese, for 3 to 5 minutes. Add Cheddar; stir until melted. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Serve sprinkled with cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
18g Fat
4g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cutlet & 3 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 31g 62%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Vitamin A 598IU 12%
Vitamin C 10mg 11%
Vitamin D 3IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 11mcg 3%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 368mg 16%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 9mg 2%
Potassium 85mg 2%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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