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Fiery Stuffed Barbecue Chicken with Habanero Peppers

Fiery Stuffed Barbecue Chicken with Habanero Peppers

The inspiration for this recipe is a spicy pesto. We really wanted to spice it up, so habanero peppers were the obvious choice, but we also wanted a touch of sweet. Pear was the perfect choice. When pear bakes, it adds a silky texture to the pesto stuffing, and a welcomed sweetness. Match with that spicy habaneros and a tangy barbecue sauce recipe, and you have a winner.

Fiery Stuffed Barbecue Chicken with Habanero Peppers


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 habanero pepper, chopped
  • 1 pear, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small handful pecans
  • ¼ cup fresh Romano cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasonings
  • Salt to taste
  • Spray oil

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Heat a sauté pan to medium heat and lightly spray with oil. Add pecans and pan roast about 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor.
  3. To food processor, add habanero pepper, Romano cheese and garlic. Process until slightly chunky. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl.
  4. To the mixing bowl, add the chopped pears. Mix well.
  5. Season chicken breasts with Cajun seasonings and salt to taste.
  6. Cut a slice into the side of each chicken breast.
  7. Heat a sauté pan to medium heat and spray with spray oil. Sear each chicken breast about 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  8. Stuff each chicken breast with your habanero-pear-pecan stuffing mixture. Mash it in good.
  9. Set the stuffed chicken breasts in a baking dish and bake 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  10. Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce recipe.

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