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Mexican Stuffed Chicken Breasts

mexican stuffed chicken breasts Entree Mexican
Cheesy, saucy Mexican stuffed chicken breasts served on a plate
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 4

Facing another weeknight packed with activities, rush hour headaches and must-do chores? Get dinner on the table fast with these easy Mexican stuffed chicken breasts. You’ll not only make supper easier on yourself, you’ll be serving a satisfying, flavorful meal that lets you get everything else on the checklist done. These cheesy stuffed chicken breasts go from prep to table in under an hour, and will leave plates so clean that all you’ll have to do is pop them in the dishwasher! MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 19, 2019
Old El Paso
Make with
Old El Paso

Ingredients

Chicken

1
cup shredded pepper Jack cheese (4 oz)
4
oz cream cheese, softened
1
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
4
boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 oz each)
2
tablespoons olive oil

Topping

3/4
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)
1/4
cup sliced green onions (4 medium)
1/4
cup fresh cilantro leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Line large, rimmed sheet pan with foil. Place wire rack on top of foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, mix pepper Jack cheese, cream cheese, chiles and 1 tablespoon of the taco seasoning mix. In thick side of each chicken breast, cut 3-inch-long pocket to within 1/4 inch of opposite side of breast. Spoon about 1/3 cup cheese mixture into pocket in each chicken breast. Secure with toothpicks.
  • 3
    In small bowl, mix remaining taco seasoning mix and the olive oil. Place chicken on rack; brush with oil mixture.
  • 4
    Roast uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until stuffing reaches internal temperature of 160°F. Top chicken breasts with mozzarella cheese; bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top each breast with green onions and cilantro.

Expert Tips

  • Like it hot? Amp up the spiciness of this dish by using shredded pepper jack cheese instead of the mozzarella. Some grocery stores even carry habanero or ghost pepper cheeses, if you’re a real daredevil.
  • To avoid the filling spilling out and burning during cooking, try to secure the bottom of the chicken breast up over the stuffing. This can be done with toothpicks or with cotton kitchen twine.
  • Mexican stuffed chicken breasts are just one way to get creative with this versatile technique. Try out even more flavor combinations for stuffed chicken breasts that we’ve developed in the Betty Crocker Kitchens.
  • One of the key tools for making stuffed chicken breast is a good, sharp knife for cutting the pocket into which the stuffing gets filled. It might sound counterintuitive but making sure your knives are very sharp actually makes cutting, slicing and chopping safer—a sharp knife is less likely to slip on the surface of the item you’re cutting. A sharp knife also makes each of those tasks quicker and gives you more consistently sized pieces, which in turn cook more evenly.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
560
Calories from Fat
310
% Daily Value
Total Fat
35g
54%
Saturated Fat
16g
80%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
175mg
58%
Sodium
1190mg
49%
Potassium
410mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
10g
3%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
2g
Protein
50g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
35%
35%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 5 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Stuffed chicken breast recipes are some of the best ways to pack a ton of flavor into one easy dinner. With this particular recipe, you can satisfy a craving for Mexican in under an hour. Chicken breasts are stuffed with two types of cheese, chiles and taco seasoning mix, so you know it’s going to be tasty. Then finish it off by topping with pepper Jack cheese instead of mozzarella if you want an extra kick! But stuffed chicken breasts aren’t the only way to up your dinner game. Check out all of Betty’s chicken recipes for tons of tasty ideas.

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