Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts will cure the boredom of bland, tasteless chicken. Chicken breasts are stuffed with chiles and cheese, coated with spiced cornmeal, and then baked for an easy entree with a Mexican flair. Have all of your ingredients prepped, and this goes together in a snap.
I know some people do not care for cilantro, but it is essential to get that Mexican flavor. It will mellow as it bakes. Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your own personal heat tolerance.
Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe
6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
2/3 cup cornmeal
1 package dry taco seasoning mix
1 egg, beaten
8 ounces block Cheddar cheese cut into 6 equal strips
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 can (about 4.5 ounces) chopped mild green chiles
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
4 ounces additional shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
8 ounces jarred or homemade salsa
Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a shallow jelly roll baking pan with nonstick foil.
Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Pound chicken to about 1/4-inch thickness, until flat.
In a bowl, combine cornmeal and taco seasoning mix. Place egg in a separate bowl.
For each roll place Cheddar cheese strips, green chiles, cilantro, and crushed red pepper flakes near edge of one pounded breast. Fold in sides and roll, starting from the cheese/pepper side. (Secure with toothpick, if necessary, but remember to remove the toothpick before serving.) Dip rolls in egg, then roll in cornmeal mixture.
Place chicken rolls, seam-side down in prepared pan. Bake uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese the last 5 minutes of baking. Serve topped with heated salsa.
Yield: 6 servings
Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe Photo ©2019 Peggy Filippone