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Mexicali Chicken

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

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
Mexicali Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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 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.

Nutrition 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.

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  • JanCH
    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.

  • justmbeth
    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.

  • jmhager
    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.

  • casum
    Jul 7, 2011

    Love this recipe! Perfect summer dish with great flavor!

  • coreyrn
    Mar 13, 2011

    Easy!! Delicious!! A new go-to recipe.

  • mandkhowell
    Mar 2, 2011

    This was good except it needed more seasoning than just taco seasoning. I put more taco seasoning and also used some salt and garlic powder to help. I made the mistake of using a red onion which overpowered the salsa, but I'd make it again and just tweak the recipe.

  • AnnTK
    Jan 25, 2011

    No comment left

  • designsbybriana2
    Jan 18, 2011

    Very good recipe. Will definitely make again.

  • ljdouglass
    Dec 3, 2010

    My husband did not want to try it. I made it anyway and he tried it and he wants me to make it again. This is a keeper.

  • muffnette
    Nov 10, 2010

    this recipe was fantastic and totally a favorite now!! I used red onion for the onion and for bacon i used turkey bacon and it worked out still yummy! mmmmmmmmm