Southwestern Stuffed Chicken
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 (4-oz. or larger block) pkg. Monterey jack cheese,
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup jalapeño peppers, diced
1/2 cup guacamole (optional)
1/2 cup sour cream ( optional)
1/4 cup salsa (optional)
Cut some of the cheese into 4 slices, and reserve part of it for the cheese
Place 1 chicken breast between 2 sheets of wax paper. Working from the center to
the edges pound with a meat mallet until flat and rectangular shaped. Repeat
with remaining breasts. Wrap the flattened chicken breasts around cheese block.
Secure with wooden picks or uncooked spaghetti noodles.
Combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, cumin and pepper.
Roll the secured chicken pieces in the melted butter and then in the bread crumb
mixture. Place chicken breasts in a 13x9-in. baking dish, but don't crowd them.
Drizzle the remaining butter over all 8 of the breasts. Refrigerate for 1 hour
or freeze to bake later (baking time will be increased by about 5 to 10
Bake in a preheated 400ºF. oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is done.
Make a roux with butter and flour. Add about 1/2 cup milk. Bring to a simmer.
Add cheese and lower the heat, stirring constantly so cheese does not burn. Add
milk as needed to thin out the cheese sauce.
Dice bell peppers and jalapeño peppers.
When chicken is done, pour some cheese sauce over top and sprinkle with diced
peppers, guacamole, sour cream and a little salsa.