Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the incredible flavors of the Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Skillet! This recipe brings together a delightful combination of ingredients that will make your mouth water. I always make this for weeknights cause this dish comes together in no time. Plus I always have all the ingredients I need for this dish at home, all the time.
Picture tender and succulent chicken pieces, perfectly cooked and coated in a rich and creamy sauce infused with the heat of jalapeno peppers. The dish gets even more exciting with the addition of juicy diced tomatoes that add a burst of freshness. The aromatic minced garlic lends a savory depth, while the chili powder and cumin contribute a subtle kick of warmth and earthiness.
But the real star of this dish is the cream. Velvety and smooth, the heavy cream brings a luscious richness that perfectly balances the spicy elements. As the cream simmers with the tomatoes, it absorbs their natural sweetness, creating a sauce that is both creamy and slightly tangy. The cream binds all the flavors together, creating a harmonious symphony that dances on your palate.
Whether you’re looking to spice up your weeknight dinner or impress your friends and family with a memorable meal, this recipe is a winner. So gather your ingredients, grab a skillet, and get ready to indulge in a creamy, spicy, and downright irresistible culinary adventure!
Here are a few side dish ideas that pair well with the Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Skillet:
- Mexican Rice: Fluffy, fragrant rice cooked with tomatoes, onions, and spices, adding a comforting and flavorful base to your meal.
- Sourdough bread: My personal favorite side dish. Use a slightly toasted sourdough bread slice to scoop up the creamy sauce. So good!
- Dinner rolls: Use a soft and fluffy buttery roll to dip in the sauce.
- Grilled Corn on the Cob: Sweet and smoky corn, lightly charred on the grill, provides a delightful contrast to the creamy dish with its natural sweetness and slightly charred flavors.
- Avocado Salad: A refreshing salad made with creamy avocado, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and a tangy lime dressing, adding a cool and vibrant element to the meal.
- Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole: Crunchy tortilla chips served with zesty salsa and creamy guacamole, creating a fun and flavorful appetizer-like experience that complements the spiciness of the chicken skillet.
- Warm Tortillas: Wrap the chicken in a warm tortilla, topping it with some Mexican cheese. You got yourself a wonderful wrap.
Each of these side dishes adds its own unique element to the meal, whether it’s the comforting flavors of Mexican rice, the creaminess of refried beans, the charred sweetness of grilled corn, the refreshing crunch of avocado salad, or the vibrant flavors of tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole. Choose one or mix and match to create a complete and satisfying meal experience!
Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Skillet
Tender and succulent chicken pieces, perfectly cooked and coated in a rich, creamy, tangy sauce infused with the heat of jalapeno peppers. The best recipe for a quick weeknight meal.
Season chicken pieces with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.Add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
In the same skillet, add the minced garlic and diced jalapenos. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes until fragrant and the jalapenos have softened slightly.
Add the diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have softened and released their juices.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the heavy cream. Simmer for 5 minutes, allowing the cream to thicken slightly.
Add salt and pepper to the sauce to your taste.
Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and stir to coat it with the creamy jalapeno and tomato sauce. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the chicken is heated through.
Serve the Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Skillet hot, accompanied by lime wedges for squeezing over the dish.