Air-Fried Jalapeño Poppers

Air-Fried Jalapeño Poppers

These cheeky poppers are a party in the mouth! Creamy bacon and chive filling topped with crisp, golden crumbs, all nestled in a roasted jalapeño. The perfect appetizer, side or finger food. You won’t be able to stop at one.

50 mins total time

20 mins active time


Makes 12



  • ½ cup (1 oz) panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 6 jalapeño peppers
  • ¼ oz parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • ⅓ cup (2½ oz) mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika

For the filling:

  • 5 oz bacon slices

    coarsely chopped

  • 8 oz cream cheese

    at room temperature

  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt


  • 1Insert the wire rack into position 4. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 2Combine the crumbs and oil and rub together. Spread evenly over the base of the roasting pan.
  • 3Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and start the timer. When the Rotate Remind signals, stir the crumbs and continue cooking. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 4Place a frying pan over medium-high heat, add the bacon, and cook, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes to render the fat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook stirring for a further 5 minutes, or until crisp.
  • 5The crumbs should be golden. If not, stir and give it a bit more. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl and set aside to cool.
  • 6Place the bacon and all the ingredients listed below in a food processor and process, scraping down the side occasionally, until well combined.
  • 7Slice the jalapeños in half and remove the seeds.
  • 8Using a teaspoon, fill the jalapeño halves with the cream cheese mixture, forming small mounds.
    Tip: Any leftover filling can be used as a dip or spread over sourdough toast.
  • 9Dip the cream cheese side into the crumbs and place on the pizza pan. Using a microplane, grate the parmesan over the poppers.
  • 10Move the wire rack to position 5. Place the poppers in the oven and start Autopilot.
  • 11The poppers should be golden and crisp. If not, give it a bit more.
  • 12Swirl the hot sauce through the mayonnaise. Sprinkle the poppers with the parsley and paprika and serve with the mayonnaise.