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.

TO COOK ONE ENTREE:

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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