Mexicali Chicken Recipe
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Mexicali Chicken Recipe

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“This recipe has been a family favorite for many years. It’s great served with Spanish rice and refried beans. Cilantro may be added to the salsa, if desired.” —Avanell Hewitt, North Richland Hills, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 4 bacon strips, halved
  • 4 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese
  • 1 medium lime, cut into four wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 227 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 532mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein Diabetic Exchanges:4 lean meat, 1 vegetable 1/2 fat


  1. In a small bowl, combine the tomato, onion, jalapenos, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Chill until serving.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with taco seasoning; set aside. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain.
  3. If grilling the chicken, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165°.
  4. Top with bacon and cheese; cook 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with salsa; squeeze lime wedges over top. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Mexicali Chicken in Healthy Cooking October/November 2010, p53

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"Very good. I marinated the chicken breast in a little EVOO along with the taco seasoning which helps keep the breast moist while it cooks."

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"Salsa part of this recipe was good but the chicken itself was bland. I have better chicken receipes so not sure I'll be making this one again."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"Awesome chicken dish. I was actually quite disappointed to be full! With a little extra tomato and lime juice, as well as cilantro, the salsa gives a surprisingly spicy kick. Great recipe, can't wait to try it again."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Love this recipe! Perfect summer dish with great flavor!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011


Sounds great, thank you for all the reviews!"

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