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Mexican Chicken Breasts (Serves 2)

I found and tested this recipe when I was writing a food column for The Grand Rapids Press. The recipes that I was sharing were adapted for persons cooking in the microwave oven for one or two. We like this chicken so much that now I double or triple the recipe depending on how many I wish to serve. Remember the microwave timings are then doubled or tripled too.

2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut in half (about 8 ounces)
2 tablespoons salsa or picante sauce
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and chili powder on a piece of waxed paper. Set aside.

2. In microwave-safe 9-inch pie plate, microwave margarine on Full Power about 30 seconds until melted.

3. Coat chicken pieces on both sides with butter, then roll in crumbs. Return chicken to pie plate. Cover with paper towel.

4. Microwave on Full Power for 3 minutes or until chicken is partially cooked

5. Spread salsa or picante sauce over chicken pieces. Sprinkle cheese over chicken.

6. Microwave on Full Power, uncovered, 1 and 1/2 to 2 minutes or until chicken is done and cheese is melted.

Nutritional information per serving:
282 calories, 32 grams protein, 14 grams fat, 6 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 88 milligrams cholesterol, 336 milligrams sodium