Recently Hellmann’s began a crusade against boring chicken recipes! They have created a whole list of Chicken Change-Up recipes to get you out of common chicken dilemmas like dealing with picky eaters, creating budget friendly chicken meals or coming up with time-saving meals. You can find all sorts of helpful Chicken Change-Up ideas, recipes and even enter to win fun daily prizes over on Hellmann’s Facebook page.
While you’re perusing through the fun things Hellmann’s has to offer on their Facebook page, allow me to suggest trying out the Chipotle-Lime-Crusted Chicken breasts! Mmmm, mmm, mmmm were they delicious! I had these grand plans to make this chicken for my family, but one thing lead to another and busy life got in the way. So in the end, it worked out that I got to hoard these chicken breasts all to myself all week long! In fact, I just snarfed down the last little bit and I’m looking forward to trying out another one of Hellmann’s Chicken Change-Up recipes.
But before I get too far ahead of myself, I have to tell you about these Chipotle-Lime-Crusted chicken breasts! You’ll find this recipe under the budget-friendly recipes and I have to agree. I wonder if some of you do not already have the chipotle pepper powder in your cupboard already. If you don’t and you do not feel inclined to go buy some, that’s okay! You can substitute cayenne powder, cumin or even chili powder for the chipotle powder to still get that kick of flavor in your chicken. Now, without further ado, here is the recipe:
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
1/2 cup Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise (regular or light, both work well!)
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 1 oz.)
1-1/2 tsp. lime juice (about ½ a lime freshly squeezed)
1/4 tsp. ground chipotle chile pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
1/4 cup crushed plain tortilla chips
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Combine Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise, cheese, lime juice and ground chipotle in medium bowl. Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips.
- Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
If you’re a visual learner, here was my Hellmann’s chicken adventure in pictures:
- The ingredient line up ready for preparation.
- Mixing the mayo, cheese, lime juice, and chipotle powder together.3. Here is where I mixed things up a little bit…instead of spooning the mayo mixture over the chicken breasts, I decided to dunk my chicken into the mixture completely.
4. And another minor change, I rolled the chicken into the crushed tortilla chips (and I had lime flavored tortilla chips in the cupboard and they were perfect! It kind of worked out better that I used the lime flavored chips!)
After these came out of the oven, I devoured half a breast straight off the cutting board…the poor thing never even made it to a plate! It was so tasty, I just couldn’t stop myself. This is an easily prepared, quick and inexpensive meal that even the kiddos could help out with (though if the kids were involved I would definitely suggest spooning the mayo mixture on top and sprinkling the chips over top and not rolling the chicken in the mixtures so as to avoid raw chicken hands).
In addition to the minor changes I made (dunking and rolling my chicken directly in the mixtures, and using the lime flavored chips) the only other change I would make the next time I prepare this chicken is to zest some of the lime into the Hellmann’s mayo mixture along with the freshly squeezed lime juice. Can you tell I love lime?? If you’re not a lime fanatic lime me, you can obviously omit my suggestions but if you’re a lime-lover as well, you’d love the lime chips and the lime zest in your recipe. Other than that, I love this recipe and can’t wait to make it again for the rest of my family to enjoy with me as well!
I’ll be back soon with another Hellmann’s Chicken Change-Up recipe that I think you should try out, but until then make sure you check out Hellmann’s Facebook page to join in all the fun! If you try out any of the Hellmann’s Chicken Change-Up recipes then you can go to their Facebook page, write about your experience, provide suggestions on how to avoid dinnertime dilemmas in your house and you will have the chance to enter to win a $5,000 grocery gift card and enter to win other daily prizes.  So get to cooking up some Hellmann’s chicken recipes this weekend!
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Disclosure: I did receive products or services to keep for my testing purposes.