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Southwestern Stuffed Chicken

Prep Time: 15 min  |  Cook Time: 60 min  |  Servings: 6  |  Calories: 2107
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Southwestern Stuffed Chicken
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
60 min

Surprise your guests and even yourself with this broiler-fryer chicken stuffed with Sargento® Shredded Taco Cheese just under the skin and rubbed with taco seasoning mix with a filling made of more cheese, breadcrumbs, rice, sour cream and chilies. If that isn't enough flavor in one dish, the chicken is also glazed in a hot salsa and apple jelly for supreme Southwestern taste.

  • 1 whole (3-1/2 lbs.) broiler-fryer chicken
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 oz.) Sargento® Shredded Taco Cheese
  • 1 pkg. (1.25 oz.) taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked long grain white and wild rice or long grain rice
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 cup hot salsa
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)
  1. Loosen skin of chicken from breast and thighs with fingertips taking care not to puncture skin. Stuff 1 cup cheese under skin, spreading evenly. Combine taco seasoning mix and oil in a small bowl. Brush oil evenly over surface of chicken. Place chicken on rack in shallow baking pan.
  2. Combine rice, bread crumbs, sour cream, chilies and remaining 1/2 cup cheese in small bowl. Spoon stuffing into cavity of chicken. Loosely cover chicken with foil. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 1 hour.
  3. Combine salsa and jelly in small saucepan; stir over medium heat until jelly melts. Brush one-third of jelly glaze over chicken; continue to bake uncovered 30 minutes, brushing twice with remaining glaze during cooking time. Remove stuffing from chicken and serve with sliced chicken. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Serving Size 6

Calories 2107

*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Amount/Serving %DV*
Total Fat 195.60g 301%
Sat. Fat 60.70g 304%
Mono Unsat. Fat 85.90g
Poly Unsat. Fat 39.30g
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 1093mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A 380RE
Vitamin C 5mg 8%
Calcium 235mg 24%
Iron 4mg 22%