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when the TODAY Food Club, asked me to share a family favorite recipe with my readers and on the TODAY Food Club website, i knew exactly which recipe i wanted to share. Monterey Chicken is a dish that my mom has been making our family since i was little. my entire family loves it, and we always look forward to when she is going to make it. it’s a comfort food that reminds us of good times together as a family. my mom knows this is my favorite dish of hers, so she makes it for me each year for my birthday. it’s probably the best part of my birthday.
now that my mom has passed down the recipe for Monterey Chicken to me, i like to make it for my own family on special occasions or when i need something yummy to serve guests at a dinner party. everytime i make it for friends, i get rave reviews, loves it. so now, i would like to share this recipe with you...i hope you won’t be disappointed.
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and now for the recipe....
How to make Monterey Chicken
you need: 4-6 large skinless chicken breasts, 1 package taco seasoning, 1 cup flour plus 2 Tablespoons, ½ cup melted butter, 3 cups crushed tortilla chips, 2 Tablespoons chopped onion, 1 can evaporated milk, 1 Tablespoons oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, ¼ cups sliced olives and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.first, prepare the chicken. add taco seasoning to crushed tortilla chips. place the melted butter, flour and seasoned tortilla chips in separate dishes.
coat each chicken breast in flour.
finally, coat each piece in the taco seasoned tortilla chips. place into a baking dish or on a baking sheet. place into a pre-heated, 375ºF oven for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
while the chicken is baking, prepare the cheese sauce. i highly suggest doubling the cheese sauce recipe. in my family, every love to put it not only on the chicken, but also over the rice and vegetables. you will be glad you did.
first, grate 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese.
immediately whisk in evaporated milk.
carefully whisk in shredded Monterey Jack cheese. turn down heat to low.once the cheese has fully melted, whisk in lemon juice, salt and olives. at this point, season to taste. you can add more salt or cheese if you would like. it will take a few minutes for the flavors to settle in, but once you pour over the chicken, the flavors mesh perfectly.remove chicken from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. to serve, spoon cheese sauce over each piece. garnish with leftover olive slices.i like to serve my Monterey Chicken with rice and steamed broccoli.
the results are awesomely good. crunchy, moist chicken with a hint of taco flavor, and a creamy, cheesy sauce with just a slight bit of heat from the cayenne pepper.
and you will definitely want to add some cheese sauce to the veggies. it's just sooo yummy.
Monterey Chicken may not be the most figure friendly recipe, but it is definitely one that i love to enjoy a couple times a year. guests love this recipe and it is perfect to make for a crowd. this recipe has been passed down in my family for many years, and i am sure my boys will continue the tradition of making it for their families when they are grown.
4-6 large skinless chicken breasts
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup flour
½ cup melted butter
2-3 cups crushed tortilla chips
Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce:
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 can evaporated milk
1 Tablespoons oil
2 Tablespoons Flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
¼ cups sliced olives
1 teaspoon lemon juice
prepare the chicken. add taco seasoning to the crushed tortilla chips, toss until combined. place the melted butter, flour and seasoned tortilla chips in separate dishes. in an assembly line, coat each chicken breast in flour, then in melted butter and finally, in taco seasoned tortilla chips. place into a baking dish or on a baking sheet. place into a pre-heated, 375ºF oven for 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
while the chicken is baking, prepare the cheese sauce....
the cheese sauce. first, grate 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese. next heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. sauteé onions until translucent. add 2 Tablespoons flour, and stir quickly while scrapping the pan until mixture is thickened making a rue. immediately whisk in evaporated milk. once fully combined, carefully whisk in shredded Monterey Jack cheese. turn down heat to low. once the cheese has fully melted, whisk in lemon juice, salt and olives. at this point, season to taste. you can add more salt or cheese if you would like. (i highly suggest doubling the cheese sauce recipe. in my family, every loves to put it not only on the chicken, but also over the rice and vegetables. you will be glad you did.)
remove chicken from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
to serve: spoon cheese sauce over each piece. garnish with leftover olive slices.