Southwest Chicken Kiev Recipe
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Southwest Chicken Kiev Recipe

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This updated version of Chicken Kiev, created by Lesley Tragesser, uses taco seasoning and green chilies to give it a tasty Southwestern feel. The Charleston, Missouri reader utilizes the microwave, which keeps the stove clean, and don't worry, the cracker coating still stays crispy.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup miniature cheese crackers, crushed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons canned chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 325 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 530mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein.


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine cracker crumbs and taco seasoning; set aside. In another bowl, combine 3 tablespoons butter, cheese, chilies, onion and salt. Shape mixture into six balls.
  2. Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. Place a butter ball in the center of each. Roll up and secure with toothpicks. In a shallow microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining butter. Dip chicken in butter, then coat evenly with cracker mixture.
  3. Place seam side down in a greased shallow round 3-qt. microwave-safe dish. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 12-14 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 170°. Discard toothpicks. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Southwest Chicken Kiev in Simple & Delicious March/April 2007, p59

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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