15 min
35 min

Cotija Chicken Breast Pocket with Tomatillo Sauce


  • ½ package (5 oz.) Cacique® Cotija, crumbled (plus extra for garnish)

  • ½ cup microwavable Mexican rice

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 medium eggplant, thinly sliced lengthwise

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups tomatillo sauce or green enchilada sauce

Preparation Method

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Cook rice according to package directions and set aside. Place chicken breast on a sturdy work surface and cover with plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or a small heavy saucepan, pound chicken breasts to ½-inch thickness. Remove plastic wrap, brush chicken with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place 1 or 2 slices of eggplant on top of chicken to cover. Place a large spoonful of rice and a large spoonful of cheese at one end of eggplant. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and fold other half of eggplant and chicken over rice and cheese. Secure open end of chicken with a skewer or toothpicks.

Place remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Don’t worry about some of the filling falling out. Remove from skillet and place in prepared baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. Meanwhile, heat tomatillo or enchilada sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. When chicken breasts are done, remove skewers or toothpicks and let rest for a few minutes. Serve chicken with tomatillo sauce and cheese on top.

To Reheat:

Place on a microwave-safe plate and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until warmed through.

Serve these fabulous chicken pockets over lightly steamed spinach for a great tasting and good-for-you meal. For an elegant presentation, slip the pockets under a broiler for a minute after you’ve sprinkled Cotija cheese on top.

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