Jalapeno chicken curls (roll ups)

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
3 larges Skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon Butter or margarine, softened
8 ounces Whipped cream cheese with chives, at room temperature
6 \N Jalapenos peppers, fresh or canned, with seeds, optional
6 slices Bacon, optional

This recipe tucks a jalapeno inside a cream cheese-filled chicken breast to make an elegant main dish that is a few degrees above the normal. Add a green salad, tostado chips and Spanish rice for a complete meal. -- Beth Whitley Duke, Food Editor, Amarillo Globe-News, Amarillo, TX Flatten chicken breast halves to ½-inch thickness.

Spread butter on each chicken piece.

Spread about 3 tablespoons cream cheese on each.

PEPPER NOTE: If your family likes spicy food, use a whole jalapeno, seeds and all, discarding only the stem. For a medium version, remove seeds from the jalapeno. For a mild version, use half of a seeded jalapeno.

Place a jalapeno at the edge of the cheese-topped side, then roll up chicken piece around the jalapeno (with the cheese on the inside of the roll). Repeat with ole jalapeno, seeds and all, discarding only the stem.

For a medium version, remove seeds from the jalapeno. For a mild version, use half of a seeded jalapeno.

Preheat oven to 400F. If using, wrap a slice of bacon around each chicken roll. Place rolls, seam side down, in a shallow baking dish. Bakefor 40 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Complete cooking by broiling 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

Jalapenos (pronounced hal-ah-pain-yas) are the small green chili peppers used in Tex-Mex cooking that look so innocent on the plate yet conceal a taste hotter than a rancher's branding iron.

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #329 Recipe by: Beth Whitley Duke (Texas) From: PATh <phannema@...>

Date: Thu, 05 Dec 1996 09:09:36 -0800

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