Chipotle Panko Jalapeño Poppers

Chipotle Panko Jalapeño Poppers
Lauren Harris-Pincus


  • 1/2 Cup  2-percent cottage cheese
  • wedges queso fresco with chipotle spreadable cheese, such as Laughing Cow
  • 1/4 Cup  reduced-fat shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1/4 Cup  yellow onion, diced
  • 12  jalapeños, halved and hollowed
  • egg whites
  • 3/4 Cups  panko breadcrumbs
  •   Cooking spray

At just 60 calories per serving, these delectable jalapeño poppers are light on calories but not light on flavor. Panko breadcrumbs add a nice crunchy topping, and these make the perfect bite-sized snack for any tailgating party. Plus, they're fun to put together.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cottage cheese, spreadable cheese wedges, shredded Mexican cheese, and onion. Stir to mix well. Fill each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture; the filling should be flat and even with the top of each pepper.

Pour the egg whites and ½ cup of the panko breadcrumbs into separate bowls. Dip the bottom of each pepper into the egg white and then into panko breadcrumbs and place on the baking sheet. Take the remaining panko in the bowl plus the remaining ¼ cup and sprinkle on top of the filling. 

Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray and bake until very tender, for 30-40 minutes. (Shorter baking time will yield spicier poppers.)


Calories per serving:

75 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 28g 43%
  • Carbs 52g 17%
  • Saturated 14g 69%
  • Fiber 8g 31%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Monounsaturated 6g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 36g 73%
  • Cholesterol 80mg 27%
  • Sodium 1,636mg 68%
  • Calcium 624mg 62%
  • Magnesium 63mg 16%
  • Potassium 753mg 22%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 3mg 20%
  • Phosphorus 520mg 74%
  • Vitamin A 327µg 36%
  • Vitamin C 206mg 343%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 43%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 45%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 87µg 22%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 17%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 34%
  • Vitamin K 39µg 48%
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