It is the season for grilling and today I have a delicious Spicy Chicken & Bacon Diablo Skewer recipe!

Spicy Chicken & Bacon Diablo Skewers

Jalapenos are filled with a cream cheese and pecan mixture, topped with marinated chicken, then wrapped with bacon and basted with barbecue sauce.

Spicy Chicken & Bacon Diablo Skewers

If desired, you could leave out the pecans and add in a bit of cheddar cheese instead. As always, when working with jalapenos be sure to protect your skin and wear gloves. In a pinch, using a clean plastic bag from the grocery market also works, it can just be a bit clumsy. Enjoy!

Spicy Chicken & Bacon Diablo Skewers


  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons dry steak seasoning, divided
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 10 - 12 whole fresh jalapenos (depends on # chicken tenders)
  • 2 lbs. thin-sliced bacon
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • wooden skewers


  1. Place chicken tenders in a bowl, add orange juice and 1 Tablespoon steak seasoning. Stir, cover and set in the refrigerator to marinate 1 or more hours, but no more than 8 hours. Soak wooden skewers for at least an hour in water before cooking them so they don't burn.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, pecans, and 1/2 Tablespoon steak seasoning, blend well by hand and set aside.
  3. When ready to assemble, slice jalapenos in half lengthwise, remove seeds, then rinse again. Fill jalapenos half with cream cheese mixture, place a chicken tender on top of filling, wrap with 1 slice of bacon, and secure with a skewer so the bacon stays wrapped around the jalapeno (if desired can have two stuffed jalapenos on each skewer). Set aside half of the barbecue sauce for the end. When finished assembling the remaining skewers, brush all finished jalapenos generously with about a 1/4 of the barbecue sauce.
  4. Bake or grill until chicken is thoroughly cooked, approximately 45 minutes at 350 degrees F, turning halfway through cooking time and basting with 1/4 more of the sauce. Baste one last time about 5 mins before finished cooking with reserved barbecue sauce or use to serve with it.
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