Monday, January 6

What's In Your Pantry? Fiesta Chicken Breast

It's cold here in Texas, as it is across most of the U.S. - there's not much to do except stay warm and cook. This chicken recipe is one of the top two beloved recipes in my little family. Growing up the kids requested it over and over again and was most definitely the go-to recipe for special occasions whether it was good report cards or birthdays. Reading it, you may say to yourself, 'there is nothing special about this chicken recipe'. But that's where you'd be wrong, it's very flavorful, juicy and down-right outstanding with just enough Tex-Mex kick to satisfy the most discerning of Americans palates. So if you're cold - and would like to warm up your kitchen and tummy - and have a few of these random ingredients in your pantry give this Fiesta chicken recipe a try, ENJOY!

I serve this stuffed chicken with Spanish rice and tamales - IT'S THE BEST!
  • 1 cup 4 cheese Mexican grated cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped onions
  • 1 - 4 ounce can sliced black olives
  • 1 - 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons Taco seasoning
  • 2 cups crushed cheese crackers; like Cheese Nips

  • Pound each chicken breast to flatten. 
  • In a small bowl combine cheese, onions, olives, and green chilies. 
  • Place a few tablespoons of the cheese mixture in the middle of each chicken breast. 
  • Roll up each chicken breast, tucking in the ends to completely enclose the filling. Secure chicken breast rolls with toothpicks.
  • In a bowl, combine crackers and taco seasoning; set aside.
  • Dip each chicken breast roll in melted butter, then roll in the cracker mixture.
  • Place prepared chicken rolls on a cookie sheet covered with non-stick foil. At this point you can refrigerate the chicken until you're ready to cook.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Top with additional cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo or even salsa.

As with anything I cook and serve my family, I add what I like, leaving out what we don't. This recipe is versatile, you could add black beans, Mexi-corn, green peppers - any random ingredient that you think fits a chicken Tex-Mex dish.  On that note, dive in and give your pantry a good dig and see what you might have to stuff in your own chicken dish!


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