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Duck-Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

What’s a better way to spice up your game meat than adding a little spice, literally? These duck-stuffed jalapeño poppers are amazing as an appetizer, snack, or main course.


Before cooking, soak 4 duck breasts in 1 quart of buttermilk overnight in refrigerator.

  1. - Set oven to 400 degrees.
  2. - Prepare duck spice rub, mixing salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cumin in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. - Prepare the cream cheese filling, mixing cream cheese, shredded cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and green onions in a bowl until combined. Set aside.
  4. Remove duck breasts from buttermilk bath and pat to dry with a towel.
  5. Pat seasoning into the breasts on both sides until coated. Cut each duck breast into 6 thin strips.
  6. - Fill each jalapeño half with 1/12 of the cream cheese filling and 2 duck strips.
  7. Wrap each stuffed jalapeño with a ½ slice of bacon and use a toothpick to hold the bacon the jalapeño popper together.
  8. Place stuffed jalapeños on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until tender.
  9. Turn oven to broil and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until bacon is crispy.

Duck-Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

12 jalapeno poppers


  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut in half
  • 4 duck breasts
  • 6 jalapeños, halved and seeded, as desired

duck spice rub

  • 1/4 tsp. each of salt, pepper, and paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. each of garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. of cumin

cream cheese filling

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. each of garlic powder and onion powder
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Meet the Chef

Nicole Alonso-Leach is a sustenance hunter who serves as the DNR’s grassland gamebird biologist. She enjoys inventing creative recipes for game meat.