Pepper Jack Chicken

Pepper Jack Chicken is San Antonio's version of Chicken Parmesan. Instead of tomato sauce, salsa is used. Instead of Mozzarella cheese, Monterey Pepper Jack cheese is used. Instead of serving it over pasta, it's served over rice. The cornmeal coating adds a nice crunch and texture.

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Pepper Jack cheese
  • 3 cups cooked white rice, hot
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a 13 x 9" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and water until frothy.

On a dinner plate, combine the cornmeal, Parmesan cheese, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.

Dip the chicken breasts in the egg, then dredge in the cornmeal mixture, coating evenly. Shake off the excess.

Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish and cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the juices run clear when pierced with a sharp knife.

Remove the chicken from the oven and pour the salsa over. Sprinkle with the cheese. Return to the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Serve over rice with a dollop of sour cream.

Excerpted from Foods and Flavors of San Antonio.

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