Chorizo Chicken Bake

When I was in Dallas last month, I made a pig of myself ate at Pappasitos.  That restaurant is reason enough alone to move to Texas.  

Well, that was 35 days ago and I have been on a rampage for some good Tex-Mex ever since.  We had a new Mexican restaurant open last week here in Marshall so I got all excited.  My excitement was quickly replaced with disdain.  Bleh.....

I became a woman on a mission.  I needed to come up with something to fill this Tex-Mex/Pappsitos craving or I was going to die.  Yes, die.
Inspiration finally struck in the aisle of Wal-Mart as I stood in front of the Latin refrigerated section.  I am not one to brag, but HOLY COW!!!  I am a genius!  Really, give this a try and you will want nominate me to the Nobel committee.  Genius, I tell you!

My creation took boring old chicken breasts and turned them into flavor packed perfection.  It creates the most amazing pan sauce which is heaven over some rice.  Then if you are lucky enough to have leftovers, take it to the next level and slap the chicken inside a tortilla topped with some guacamole, fresh salsa, lettuce and a squeeze of lime juice. are going to want to have that Nobel committees' phone number handy.

Chorizo Chicken Bake
recipe by Carole Jones

6-8 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 if large, 8 if small)
10 ounce package pork chorizo
4 ounces light cream cheese or Mexican crema
1/2 C light sour cream
10 ounce can chopped tomatoes with green chiles, drained
1/4 C freshly grated parmesan cheese

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 glass pan with nonstick spray.  Lay down the chicken evenly in the pan.
2.  In a large skillet, brown the chorizo over medium high heat for about 7-8 minutes.  Add the drained tomatoes, cream cheese and sour cream and mix until it is all blended.  Spread the mixture over the chicken breasts, sprinkle on the parmesan cheese and bake, uncovered for about 45 minutes depending on the size of your chicken breasts.  There will be enough pan juices to serve over some rice if desired.  Or slice the chicken and serve it inside a tortilla topped with your favorite toppings.


Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

This sounds awesome!! Pinned it to try :)

Jeanna Whittington said...

Another recipe of yours I want to try :)

I tried the Parmesan chicken bake for dinner last night and it was Delicious!!

Erin said...

Do you drain the chorizo? And what do you do with the parmesan cheese?

Carole said...

I do not drain the chorizo, but I'm sure you could if you wanted. The cheese gets sprinkled on top. Sorry about that :)

Aimee Powers said...

this looks delish my hubby would love this! so great to see another marshall blogger!!!! howdy neighbor we are from marshall also

Katie said...

Hi Carole! I found your blog via pinterest, and I really enjoyed this recipe (so much so that I used it on my blog). :) Don't worry....I definitely gave you credit (and linked here). Take care!

Michelle said...

I made this for dinner tonight, and it was way tasty! My husband loves anything with Chorizo in it, and he gobbled this right up. The parmesan cheese adds great texture and flavor. It is quite spicy, and I am kind of a wimp, but it tastes so good! Thanks for sharing!

Petie S. said...

Greetings! I too live in MN (St. Paul) and have been here for 18 years...native So. Cal. girl. Oh I too miss Mexican and have had to learn to fend for myself with regard to mexican/tex mex food. Try Homesick Texan cookbook, lots of awesome recipes. Like your blog...just stumbled upon it. Blessings!

mkenzio said...

THANK YOU FOR THIS! I make this once a week! Served with a black bean dish and some guacamole is our favorite.

Edits: I usualy use a cheddar cheese and I don't put it on until the last ten minutes or so.

Adivce: Watch your time. It is usually plenty done after 45 mins. Maybe it's just my oven.

Sherry Donahe said...

Pappasitos is the best!!!!! Pappas Seafood is awesome too if you ever get the chance to try one of them!

Jennifer said...

I make this about once a month now, after finding your recipe. My whole family loves it, even the picky 4 yr old! Thanks for sharing :)

Arlene Herron said...

Made this tonight and my husband and I looooved it! Soo good! Can't wait to make it again.