Healthy Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole

Mar 7 2019
You're not dreaming: Here’s a 6-ingredient chicken casserole inspired by jalapeño poppers, and it has around 250 calories per serving! This dish is full of wholesome veggies, lean protein, and cheesy goodness with a kick...

Hungry Girl's Healthy Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole Recipe

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1/6th of recipe: 254 calories, 12.5g total fat (7g sat. fat), 674mg sodium, 8.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 27.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 6*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 5*

Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 5*

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes

Cool: 10 minutes


4 cups riced cauliflower (or 5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower)

3/4 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces

One 4-oz. can diced jalapeños, drained

Optional topping: jalapeño slices



1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9" X 13" baking pan with nonstick spray.

If starting with roughly chopped cauliflower, pulse in a blender until reduced to rice-sized pieces, working in batches as needed.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella, and 2 tbsp. Parm. Stir until uniform. Add riced cauliflower and chicken, and sprinkle with seasonings. Mix well.

Fold in jalapeños. Transfer mixture to the baking pan, and smooth out the top.

Top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 2 tbsp. Parm. Cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove foil. Bake until chicken is cooked through and cauliflower is tender, 20 - 25 more minutes.

Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.


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