We are taking stuffed chicken to new limits with this Fiesta Hasselback Chicken. Bursting with flavor and covered with cheese, if that doesn’t scream comfort food I don’t know what could! I love Hasselback potatoes and I recently saw a recipe for a chicken version and it dawned on me that this is far easier to do then trying to stuffed and pin the chicken the right way. So I gave it a try and this is officially my new favorite thing to do, stuff anything and everything into the chicken.
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I love that this recipe is so easy to make. You just have to cut into the chicken without cutting all the way through and then stuff them with your filling. For this recipe, I used some RO*TEL and shredded Mexican blend cheese as my filling. The RO*TEL I used was the Lime and Cilantro blend, but they have some many to choose from you can even make it spicier with the one with green chilis in it. I drained the juice out of the tomatoes before I mixed the shredded cheese in.
Then you just place the RO*TEL cheese blend into the slices you made in the chicken.I then sprayed my pan down with some PAM Cooking Spray so that the cheese wouldn’t get baked onto my nice pan. Place the chicken into the pan and then cover it with more cheese! Cheese has always been my comfort food of choice, I always have it in the house. RO*TEL Queso dip is one of my party favorites as well.Bake your chicken and serve it up with some Mexican rice and beans. I choose saffron rice and black beans for dinner this particular night because I prefer the taste better. You can top it with fresh cilantro, avocados, and a little sour cream as well.
- 1 ½ - 2 lbs chicken
- 1 can RO*TEL
- 2 cups Mexican or Monterey jack shredded cheese, separated into 1 cup portions.
- PAM Cooking Spray
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Spray pan with PAM Cooking Spray and set aside.
- Slice grooves into the chicken being sure not to cut all the way through to the cutting board.
- Drain the liquid from the RO*TEL and place in a bowl. Mix 1 cup of shredded cheese with the tomatoes.
- Spoon mixture into the grooves of the chicken.
- Place chicken in pan and cover with remaining cheese, or more if your heart desires.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until chicken is cooked.
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