As I mentioned in my post about the Hellmann’s Chicken Challenge (and if you haven’t entered their contest yet, why not?), I made their recipe for chipotle lime encrusted chicken. This time, I remembered to take pictures so you can see what it looks like.
I started off with the Perdue perfect portions – 5 individually vacuum-sealed boneless-skinless chicken breasts.
When I picked up the chicken, I threw the whole package in the freezer immediately. So I took two out to defrost in the morning and by the time I was ready to cook, they were both fully defrosted and ready to go. Easy-peasy.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I just used this recipe, which required I use a bowl to mix mayo, ground chipotle, lime juice, and shredded cheese before slathering on top of the chicken breasts in a baking dish. Sprinkle some crushed tortilla chips on top, and voila.
And a jiffy spin in the oven later, cooked chicken ready to slice and put in a sandwich with Sargento’s pepperjack for Beer Boor, or eat by itself, or with some vegetables… whatever it was. Super easy, very tasty.
Overall, I love the Perdue’s Perfect Portions for the whole ease of having the chicken vacuum sealed. It’s not cheap – these were on sale for $6 and change for 1.5lbs of boneless skinless breasts (five), but the vacuum sealing is the key. I don’t have a vacuum sealer, and this prevents freezer burn from happening… because I totally used to go to Costco and buy huge packs of chicken, then put 1-2 pieces (depending on if I bought breasts or thighs or other) into sandwich bags, and freeze (after writing on them what it was, and the date). But that doesn’t prevent freezer burn, and you have to use them a little quicker than with vacuum-sealed packs… this does all of the work for you with the added bonus. Of course, depending on your own needs and lifestyle, it may be worth the extra cost to get these… or it may be worth it to you to just do it yourself. Everyone’s different.
Please note that I received the chicken free of charge when I posted this contest but I was under no obligation to post about it again. Opinions expressed herein are my own.