Chinati Mountain Chicken

Chinati Mountain Chicken - Hot and tasty - A kitchen workhorse and the foundation of many party Appetizers, Hors d'oeuvre, and Snacks
Rated 4.7 / 5 based on 11 reviews

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 55 min
Yield: 8 Serving

Nutrition Facts:
240 calories
9 grams fat


2 T. Kosher salt

2 T. minced onion

1 T. minced garlic

1 tsp chili pepper (Puebla or any dark, deep chili power)

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground black pepper

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 strips hickory smoked bacon, raw and chopped

1 Sweet onion julienned

1 C. Chicken stock/broth

1 Tbsp. Hickory Liquid Smoke

1/4 C. Dark Brown Sugar

1 C. sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cup chopped green onion

1/2 cup chopped tomato


Mix the first 6 ingredients together and evenly coat chicken breasts in seasoning. Marinate for 30 minutes.

In a 14 inch frying pan, sear the chopped bacon until crispy, remove, and reserve fat.

Sear the chicken in the still hot pan, browning on both sides. Remove once browned.

Add the julienne onion to the hot pan.

Once the onion starts to soften, deglazing with 1/2 the chicken stock. Add the liquid smoke, brown sugar, and remaining chicken stock. Simmer for 5 minutes on medium.

Add the chicken back to the pan, smother the chicken with the cooked onions & pan juices. Simmer for 5 minutes on medium.

Evenly spread the cheese over the top of each breast, spoon some liquid over them to melt the cheese. Simmer for 5 minutes on low until the cheese is melted.

Plate and garnish with the cooked bacon, green onions and tomatoes.


Latest Reviews

"I made this sauce and loved the taste. The only thing I didn't like was how thick it was 'like a paste thick'. Next time I will add a little water to loosen it up some." - rdarej3

"The classic moist pumpkin bread from Down East is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. This bread improves with age, so plan to make it a day ahead if possible." - janiece mason

"This is an awesome recipe...however, I did saute 1/2 and onion and 3 slices of thick cut bacon to begin with. It was a big hit with my husband and myself." - jsn.yleo

"Good but I think these buffalo chicken breasts are better grilled - slightly brown on each side and then baste generously with sauce turning once or twice until cooked through. But, this is a good substitute for nights when firing up the grill would not be optimal. Made several tweaks. Also recommend keeping some sauce on the side for dipping." - mrsoul51

"Great recipe and deserves 5 stars! If you change the recipe, post a new recipe; do not rate this recipe based on the changes you made. People on all recipe sites need to rate recipes simply on following the recipe as written, not the changes they have made." - donna1596

"I followed the recipe exactly-once for Christmas Day, the next time for New year's Eve. Both times it was a big hit, with people asking how I made it. I added some frozen fruit icecubes & I made sure the Golden Circle fruit juice packs & soft drink bottles were in the freezer for a while before I made them, so that they were-not frozen of course-but icy cold. There were a few slivers of ice in the fruit juice actually. Very easy to make, liked by just about everyone. Good recipe to have." - sherri3802

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