Fajita Stuffed Baked Chicken

Fajita Stuffed Baked Chicken

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Vickie Parks

By
@Northwestgal

This is a fabulous chicken fajita recipe which is quite versatile, so the ingredients can easily be adjusted to suit your preferences.

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Serves:
4
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Saute

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 small
    red bell pepper, diced (or orange bell pepper, chopped)
  • 1 small
    green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small
    yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small
    onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 cup
    shredded monetery jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup
    shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 4
    skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • ·
    salsa, for serving
  • ·
    sour cream, for serving
  • ·
    guacamole, for serving

How to Make Fajita Stuffed Baked Chicken

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch baking dish; set aside.
  2. Heat the 2 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the peppers, onion, salt and pepper in the hot oil until soft and very slightly caramelized. Transfer the cooked veggies to a bowl.
  3. Add monterey jack and pepper jack cheeses to the cooked pepper mixture, stirring until the peppers and onions are evenly coated with cheese. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder, and rub the spice blend over the chicken breasts.
  5. On a cutting board, make a horizontal slit in the middle of each of the chicken breasts almost all the way across (but do NOT cut them in half), to form a pocket in each breast. Fill each of the pockets with a heaping spoonful of the sautéed vegetable mixture. Press the edges of the chicken together to seal in the filling, secure closing with a toothpick to keep filling inside. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts and sautéed vegetables.
  6. Heat the 3 Tbsp oil in a skillet over medium heat. Brown the stuffed chicken for 5 minutes each side. Place the browned chicken in the baking dish, and bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheese melts and the chicken is fully cooked. (Obviously, much thicker chicken breasts will take a little longer to cooked thoroughly.)

    TIP - if you have a lot of the cheesy pepper filling left, you can add it to the skillet while the stuffed breasts are baking, and cook for a few minutes or enough time to heat through. Then you can top the cooked breasts with the reheated pepper mixture.
  7. Remove toothpicks from each chicken breast. Garnish each stuffed chicken breasts with chopped cilantro (if desired), and serve with dollops of salsa, sour cream and guacamole on the side.

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About Fajita Stuffed Baked Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southwestern
Dietary Needs: Low Carb



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