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Southwest Chicken Kiev

 Southwest Chicken Kiev
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.
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 chicken breast half equals 325 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 124 mg cholesterol, 530 mg sodium,

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Southwest Chicken Kiev (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 36 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.