Jalapeno Chicken Bake

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 27, 2010

The Pantry Challenge continues…Tonight’s “throw together” is the Jalapeno Chicken Bake!

Le Ingredients.

Nothing fancy…just a can of Zesty Jalapeno Diced Tomatoes, some spices and chicken…but it was a HIT at our table!

Ingredients
1.2 lb. package chicken tenderloins ($2.27)
1 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
Salt and Pepper, couple dashes
1 can Zesty Jalapeno diced tomatoes ($.29)
2 large broccoli heads ($.50) Bought on sale 4/$1, blanched and froze
Dinner rolls ($1) Frozen and leftover from the holidays…Yes, making your own rolls is cheaper and what I prefer to do, but we’re clearly freezer space here!
Butter and homemade blueberry-strawberry jam ($.50)

Directions

1. Place chicken tenderloins into 8×8 glass baking dish.


2. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.

3. Pour zesty jalapeno diced tomatoes over the chicken.  Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes, or until chicken has cooked through.  Cooking times may vary depending on thickness of the tenderloin pieces.

4. Microwave blanched broccoli for 4-5 minutes in the freezer baggies (acts like a steamer!).

5. Warm dinner rolls and serve with butter and jam.

6. Serve Jalapeno Chicken Bake with Broccoli and Rolls.

(I’m glad we had something sweet on the plate to help cool off the boys’ taste buds.  Steve and I loved the chicken, but the boys thought it was too spicy…so we showed them that if you eat a spicy bite…then a sweet bite, it takes the edge off the spice!)

Cost $4.61

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Shannon January 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Love the plate!! The chicken looks really good too!

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Becky L. January 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Looks yummy!! And I got my cookbook finally on Tuesday, that I won off your website. I enjoyed looking thru it. I like the frugal tips under each recipe. I noticed that the Potato pizza is gluten free. My daughter has a friend that’s gluten intolerant so will share that recipe. Looks like a great book and I know I’ll use it. Will try to find one for my daughter-in-law, Erin, as I know she’d probably use it, being a mom on of one and married to my son. Thanks and have a good day!! :0)

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Grammy Blick January 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

Sounds good and Tex-Mex. Instead of jam on those hot rolls, though, try a bit of jalapeno jelly. A friend of mine made some of the best I’ve ever had!

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Alta January 28, 2010 at 9:20 am

Sounds delicious! I love those type of canned tomatoes – usually we buy Rotel, but no matter – yum regardless!

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Annie January 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

Simply, quick, and cheap! That’s how I llike it! Thank you for this recipe! Love your site since I found it a few weeks ago.
Thank you! ☺

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Natalie January 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Sounds delish! Do you think you could freeze this when prepared — and then thaw out to cook? I never know with peppers

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

@Natalie,

I would freeze this before making it….Just mix the tomatoes with the chicken, then freeze. Thaw it in the fridge overnight, then bake the next night for dinner…350 for 30 minutes if completely thawed…bake longer if it is still partially frozen!

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