Dairy-Free Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers
These Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers aren’t just a delicious option for snack, party, or anytime food, they also feature a mission-driven brand that I think is doing admirable work to bring a delicious, sustainable, and humane product to discerning consumers. These Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers feature a key ingredient that is important to source with care: chicken.
I don’t buy “free-range” or “cage-free” eggs.
The USDA’s definition of free-range is “producers must demonstrate to the Agency that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside” which can mean chicken spend their lives in dim warehouses, choking on dust and dung, dying of stress and crowding, with only a tiny bare yard as their “access to the outdoors”. Watch the 18-minute video below produced by PBS for more eye-opening education on the conditions of free-range and cage-free in the United States:
Chicken farmer Craig Watts says in the video, “‘All-natural’, what the heck does that mean?” and it’s a valid question that applies to all kinds of labels we see in the grocery store. Poultry producers are ready and willing to exploit a lack of regulation in their marketing claims, which camouflage the reality that their birds likely lived cooped up in small cages or huddled by the thousands in cage-free barns. Bad news for our health, the health of the planet, and the health of the chickens.
Enter pastured chicken.
The good news is that we as consumers can make a positive impact on the situation. While the poultry producers and regulatory entities cannot be relied upon to accurately communicate the conditions that their chickens are subjected to, there are brands undertaking the challenge of building an alternative system, and making transparency a cornerstone of their operations. Emmer & Co. is a San Francisco startup focused on producing the most delicious, sustainable, and humanely-raised 100% heritage chickens via partnerships with poultry operations where chickens are raised entirely outdoors, and by focusing on pasture rotations that enhance soil fertility.
Emmer & Co. pastured chicken results in a three-fold benefit:
- First, pastured chickens have a role in the interconnected systems of a land management technique called regenerative agriculture. While the broken systems of factory farming result in environmental degradation, regenerative farming results in environmental rehabilitation.
- Second, chickens that grow slowly—in accordance with their heritage breed—and have the ability to spend their days running, roosting, foraging, sun-bathing, and socializing (“exhibiting natural behaviors” as it’s called) outside on fresh pasture enjoy a much higher standard of animal welfare.
- Third, Emmer & Co. works with a network of holistically-managed poultry producers to bring their chickens to market, creating new opportunities across the country to participate in meeting the rising demand for humanely-raised, environmentally-friendly, heritage chicken. 👩🏽🌾
Although “compliant” isn’t my favorite word, these Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers are, yes, compliant with a paleo and/or keto nutritional approach (even Whole30 compliant, depending on your choice of bacon).
That being said, if you can tolerate dairy then you are welcome to experiment with a more traditional version of buffalo chicken.
P.S. Shoutout to Primal Kitchen’s avocado oil mayonnaise, which rounds out the richness of the chicken’s flavor and balances the bite of Frank’s RedHot sauce. I encourage you to use this recipe as an occasion to invest in a jar of Primal Kitchen mayonnaise (I bought a jar at my local San Francisco co-op), or make your own mayonnaise at home, using avocado/macadamia oil and pastured eggs.
Let’s make some Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers!Print
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers
- Prep Time: 20 min
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 45 min
- Yield: 10 servings 1x
- 1 lb chicken, cooked and shredded or chopped
- 12 tbsp Frank’s RedHot sauce
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise (I used the Primal Kitchen brand)
- 15 jalapeños, halved and seeds removed
- 4 slices of bacon
- Chives, chopped
- Place the slices of bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until the bacon is very browned and crispy, then remove it to a plate to drain, and pour off the fat from the skillet.
- While the bacon cooks, mix the chicken, Frank’s RedHot sauce, and mayonnaise together in a medium bowl.
- When the bacon has finished cooking, place the jalapeños in the skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, over medium heat until they are lightly seared on the edges and bottoms and beginning to soften. It may be necessary to cook them in batches. Place thejalapeño halves cut-side-down to drain on a plate when they are finished cooking.
- Turning them cut-side-up as you go, spoon a generous portion of the filling into each jalapeño cavity.
- Cut or crumble the bacon into small pieces, then top each popper with bacon bits and chives before serving.
Emily Recipes to Nourish
These look incredible! I know my husband would go crazy for these, he loves all things spicy.
Fresh Planet FlavorEmily Recipes to Nourish
They’re not as spicy as they look, since cooked jalapenos are milder than in their raw form. You can definitely up the spice factor with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, though!
I am so in love with jalepenos! These look so good! Thank you for the information about the free range and cage free terms – it can get so confusing!
Fresh Planet FlavorRenee
Some brands, unfortunately, have a lot to gain from consumer misinformation… thankfully the real word is getting out more often.
Holley @ ThePrimalDesire
My parents have a pet chicken, she is a heritage breed, it completely changed the way I look for and buy eggs and poultry!
Fresh Planet FlavorHolley @ ThePrimalDesire
My parents have chickens too! It’s quite a learning experience to get up close and personal with your food, isn’t it?
OMG this looks SO GOOD! I can NOT wait to try these jalapeno poppers!
Oh man, these look fantastic! And Emmer & Co. sounds like a really great company – wish everyone took as much care and were as mindful as them.
I love jalapeno everything, and these look so good! And I’m so with you about marketing gimmicks like “free-range” and “cage-free.” They don’t mean anything! That’s why I get my chickens from the farmers market when I can. So much better and tastier!
I have watched documentaries on chicken farms and it is so horrible. We have a “family farm” here in Michigan that I looked up and found out they have 6 million chickens. Not exactly what I was picturing. I love that farm at the end of the video!! <3 These poppers look delicious!
I just got a real snack attack out of nowhere… oh my! These look amazing!
These poppers look so amazing. I need to make them for my upcoming house party !
Learned something new today about pastured chickens! Great content Rachel, and OMG, the buffalo chicken poppers look absolutely divine! Sharing!
I learned what ‘free range’ meant a few years ago and I’ve never looked at anything in the food chain the same since – it’s so important to be informed about everything you’re buying! And as always your recipe looks incredible!!!
I love this!! Thanks for producing really tasty and healthy meals.
Oh! This is so delicious and I am so happy to find this great recipe. The buffalo chicken jalapeno popper is certainly a must-try for everyone. Thank you for sharing.
Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
My GAWD this looks good. I am going to make this for dinner tonight – NO S,
Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy.com
These Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers look so zesty and tasty! Absolutely love your creative idea! Thanks, Rachel for sharing!
Fresh Planet FlavorBella Hardy @ Healthnerdy.com
Thanks for stopping by, Bella!
Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy.com
Legit speechless, that buffalo chicken Jalapeño poppers recipe looks unreal! Definitely I will make it on the weekend for my family.
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