Tortilla Chicken con Queso

  • Yield: servings

Ingredients

6-- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
2cups Tortilla Chips Crumbs
1teaspoon Paprika
1teaspoon Cumin
1/2teaspoon Pepper
1/2-- C Flour
1-- Egg
1tablespoon pepper sauce
1tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1medium Red Onion, diced
1-- Jalapeno Pepper, diced
2cloves Garlic, diced
1-- 14.5 ounce can of Smoked Diced Tomatoes
1teaspoon Salt
1teaspoon Pepper
1/4-- C Minced Fresh Cilantro, plus a couple of sprigs for garnish
1-- Lime, juiced
1/2cup Drained Black Beans
1/2cup Corn
3tablespoons Vegetable Oil
-- Cooking Spray
6slices Monterey Jack Cheese

Instructions

1. In a medium sauce pan place the 1 Tbs of Vegetable Oil, over med-high heat add diced onion, jalapeno pepper (leave seeds in if you enjoy things spicy), and garlic. Saute for approximately 5 minutes until slightly softened. Then add tomatoes, salt, pepper, beans, and corn and simmer on medium-low heat.

2. Meanwhile in a food processor place Tortilla Chips until you have approximately 2 cups of crumbs. Add paprika, cumin, and pepper and mix thoroughly.

3. In three separate bowls add flour in the first, a beaten egg and pepper sauce in the second, and the chip crumb mixture in the third. Pound Chicken slightly until approximately 1/2 of an inch thick. Dredge chicken in Flour, pat excess flour off. Then place in egg mixture, and remove excess. Then cover in crumb mixture.

4. In a skillet add vegetable oil and heat to med-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides, approximately 4-6 minutes per side.

5. While chicken in cooking remove tomato mixture from heat and add cilantro and lime and mix well.

6. On a greased baking sheet place chicken. Then add tomato mixture and top with cheese. Bake at 375 Degrees for approximately 15 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and cheese is melted.

7. Remove from pan and garnish with remaining cilantro. Enjoy!

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