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Overhead view of air fryer jalapeno poppers arranged on a plate with a small bowl of ranch dressing.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers are a quick and easy game day snack with a rich cream cheese filling and crispy breadcrumb topping!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 230kcal


  • 6-8 jalapenos sliced lengthwise with seeds removed
  • 5 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 pieces cooked crumbled bacon
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon chives minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt more to taste if necessary
  • cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  • Stir the breadcrumbs and melted butter together and set aside.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Spread the mixture into each jalapeno half until all the filling has been used.
  • Top with the buttered breadcrumbs.
  • Place the jalapenos in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook at 325F degrees for 10-12 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and crisped. (You may need to air fry them in two batches).
  • Serve with Ranch dressing or Cajun remoulade.


  1. When cutting the jalapenos, it’s best to wear gloves and use a spoon to remove the seeds. If you don’t use gloves, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and be careful not to touch your face or eyes.
  2. Instead of parmesan cheese, feel free to use mozzarella or cheddar cheese. 
  3. For even cooking, air fry the jalapeno poppers in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, this may require air frying in two batches.
  4. Keep an eye on the poppers as the breadcrumb topping can brown quickly.
  5. When adding the breadcrumbs to the top of the cream cheese filling, try to press it in a little instead of just sprinkling it on. You don’t want any of the breadcrumbs flying around in the air fryer!
  6. If your air fryer model requires preheating, you should preheat it before adding the jalapeno poppers.
  7. Different air fryer brands and models will vary, so you may need to adjust the temperature and air frying time slightly. 


Serving: 2jalapenos | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 848IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg