Mariachi Chicken Rolls

This is another one of our very favorites from the freezer.  It’s more time consuming when you make it, but it’s one of the first ones I grab when I go to the freezer to pick a dinner.  I have to remember to buy fresh chicken breasts to make this – you don’t want to defrost the Costco pre-frozen chicken breasts, assemble the dinner, and refreeze without cooking.  I had always read the cream cheese isn’t a good thing to use in a freezer dinner, but this thaws and works just great.

From Fix, Freeze, Feast – Makes about 3 entrees, about 4 servings each

1 tray (about 6 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken half-breasts
1 large red bell pepper, diced
4 scallions, chopped
1 (2 1/4 ounce) can chopped black olives (about 1/2 cup)
3 (8 ounce) packages light cream cheese, cubed and softened
3 cups prepared salsa

Combine pepper, scallions, and black olives in a small bowl and set aside.  Blend cream cheese and salsa in a large bowl with electric mixer. Set aside.

Rinse and trim chicken.  Slightly flatten each breast to make each one the same flatness.  Place 2 T of pepper mixture near the wide end of the breast, roll the chicken around the filling.  Repeat with remaning chicken pieces. 

To freeze: I wrap each chicken roll tightly in saran wrap.  It holds its shape while cooking this way.  I then divide the cream cheese mixture evenly into zip loc bags.  Then I combine one bag of sauce with the rolled up breasts and food saver each entree together.  Voila.


Thaw completely in the fridge.  Preheat oven to 350.  Place chicken in an 8″ square dish and cover with sauce.  Bake, covered, for 1 hour or until chicken is 170 degrees.


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