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    Make-Ahead Mexican Chicken (Oamc)

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    1 hr 20 mins

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    55 mins

    Greeny4444's Note:

    This recipe is from a Pampered Chef party photocopy. I have always read and heard that it is not best practice to cook chicken in the juice that it marinates in, but I did for this recipe, and I'm still alive. It is not ABSOLUTELY necessary to freeze the chicken after combining all the ingredients in the bag - in fact, for my experience, I just took out frozen chicken breasts and defrosted the chicken in the sauce (in the fridge) and made it the very next night. The freezing part is just an option for busy people to have a convenient ready-made meal waiting in the freezer. I served this with cornbread and steamed veggies, but fiesta-style rice might be nice as well.

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    1. 1
      Write "Mexican Chicken - 400 degrees F for 45 min, then melt cheese on top" on the outside of a Ziploc bag.
    2. 2
      Place the chicken in a freezer bag.
    3. 3
      Add all of the ingredients to the freezer bag, except the cheese.
    4. 4
      Coat the chicken well, squeeze all of the air out of the bag, and freeze.
    5. 5
      When you are ready to make the chicken, defrost the chicken in the refrigerator for 24 hours (this also marinates the chicken in the salsa).
    6. 6
      Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (as you have written on your bag, so you wouldn't forget!).
    7. 7
      Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Place the chicken in pan, and pour the sauce over the chicken.
    8. 8
      Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
    9. 9
      Sprinkle cheddar cheese on the top, and put back into the oven, until the cheese melts (the broiler would be a good alternative for this step too).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 20, 2012


      This worked great. Such an easy no-fuss recipe to prepare to freeze and to cook when needed. During the last 10 minutes or so (when adding the cheese), I also added a can of black beans (rinsed and drained). So delicious!

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    • on March 20, 2011


      This had so much flavor. I had marinated the chicken about 12 hours before cooking and it was so tasty. I made the recipe as directed and we all enjoyed it. I did use mild salsa because I don't like things real spicy. Will make again.

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    • on May 14, 2010


      This is so yummy and easy to do. I used mild salsa because of my son. He didn't like even with that. He can be so fussy sometimes. Next time I'll use a spicy salsa for me and DH. The chicken had a really nice taste. And I loved the cheese on top. So yummy all combined. Thanks Greeny :) Made for Holiday tag

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    Nutritional Facts for Make-Ahead Mexican Chicken (Oamc)

    Serving Size: 1 (433 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 544.7
    Calories from Fat 236
    Total Fat 26.3 g
    Saturated Fat 13.4 g
    Cholesterol 204.6 mg
    Sodium 1399.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 4.6 g
    Protein 64.4 g

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