Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Stuff That Chicken

This recipe is from Cooking Light. Dirk and I both love cheese and avocado so I thought I would try this recipe. The chicken breast is stuffed with avocado and cheese, breaded in breadcrumbs and cooked in a non-cook skillet with minimal oil. Overall it was okay. If you like really spicy food it would probably be great. I had no idea how hot the chipotle chiles would be. Our plate needed more flavor because we barely used any sauce due to the spiciness. Next time I think I'll make some sort of sauce with parmesan and heavy whipping cream. It was good but not great.

Breast of Chicken Oaxaca


Chipotle sauce:
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon chicken-flavored bouillon granules
4 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
3/4 cup low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon lime juice

1 peeled avocado, cut into 6 wedges
1 tablespoon lime juice
6 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded asadero or Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Cooking spray
8 cups hot cooked linguine (about 1 pound uncooked pasta)
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
2 tablespoons chopped parsley


To prepare chipotle sauce, combine first 3 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Pour sauce into a bowl; stir in sour cream and 1 tablespoon juice.

To prepare chicken, toss avocado with 1 tablespoon juice. Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each breast half to form a pocket. Stuff 1 avocado slice and 2 tablespoons cheese into each pocket. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and dredge chicken in flour. Dip chicken in egg whites; dredge in breadcrumbs.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sauté 6 minutes on each side or until chicken is done.

Toss pasta with olives and parsley. Place 1 1/3 cups pasta on each of 6 plates. Arrange chicken on pasta; top each serving with about 3 tablespoons chipotle sauce.


6 servings

Nutritional Information

CALORIES 674(26% from fat); FAT 19.8g (sat 7.1g,mono 7.5g,poly 3.2g); PROTEIN 45.3g; CHOLESTEROL 88mg; CALCIUM 216mg; SODIUM 570mg; FIBER 3.8g; IRON 5.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 77g

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