Sunday, January 22, 2006

Chicken with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

Chicken breasts are baked then served with homemade jalapeno cheese sauce and nacho chips.


* 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
* 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
* 1 large clove garlic, minced
* 1 tablespoon canola oil
* 4 boneless chicken breast halves
* 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 1 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
* few drops hot pepper sauce, or to taste, or a dash of ground cayenne pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* ground black pepper
* jalapeno pepper rings
* nacho chips, optional

Combine bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, garlic, and olive oil. Place chicken breasts in a shallow baking pan sprayed lightly with nonstick cooking spray; add pepper and oil mixture. Bake chicken at 350°, uncovered, 20 minutes.

While chicken bakes, melt butter or margarine in saucepan.

Add flour and stir for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, stirring until sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat; stir in Cheddar cheese, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper.

Pour sauce over chicken. Continue baking, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until chicken is done and juices run clear. Remove chicken from oven; turn oven to broil. Return chicken to oven; broil just until lightly browned. Arrange on a serving platter with cheese sauce spooned over chicken breast halves. Garnish with jalapeno pepper rings and nacho chips, if desired.

Jalapeno chicken and cheese recipe makes 4 servings.


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