Mexicali Chicken

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"This is out of a cookbook called Diabetic Family can add fresh cilantro to the salsa if desired..."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (273.6 g)
  • Calories 338.8
  • Total Fat - 18.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 71.2 mg
  • Sodium - 865.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 15.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.9 g
  • Sugars - 6.2 g
  • Protein - 28.8 g
  • Calcium - 303.1 mg
  • Iron - 1.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 98.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine the tomato, onion, jalapenos, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Chill until serving.

Step 2

Sprinkle chicken with taco seasoning; set aside. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain.

Step 3

If grilling the chicken, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 inches from the heat for 4-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°F.

Step 4

Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Step 5

Top with bacon and cheese; cook 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with salsa; squeeze lime wedges over top.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Choose ripe tomatoes for the best flavor.
  • Look for jalapenos that are firm and bright green for the best flavor.

  • Replace the jalapeno peppers with bell peppers for a milder flavor. This substitution is beneficial for those who don't enjoy spicy food and want to enjoy the flavor of the dish without the heat.
  • Replace the bacon with turkey bacon for a healthier option. This substitution is beneficial for those who are trying to make healthier choices and want to enjoy the flavor of the dish without the unhealthy fat content of bacon.

Taco-Style Mexicali Chicken Substitute 1/2 cup salsa for the tomato, onion, jalapenos, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Omit the bacon and cheese, and serve the chicken with the salsa and lime wedges, along with your favorite taco toppings.

Mexican Rice: This flavorful side dish is a perfect accompaniment to the Mexicali Chicken. The rice is cooked with onion, garlic, jalapenos, and tomatoes, making it a great way to bring out the flavors of the chicken. The addition of cilantro and lime juice adds a nice freshness and helps balance the meal.

Black Bean and Corn Salad: This colorful salad is a great way to add a fresh and crunchy element to the meal. It's made with black beans, corn, onion, red bell pepper, and cilantro, and is brightened up with a lime dressing. The combination of flavors and textures is sure to complement the Mexican Rice and Mexicali Chicken perfectly.


Q: How long should I grill the chicken for?

A: Grill the chicken over medium heat, covered, for 4-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°F.

Q: How can I tell if the chicken is cooked?

A: Check that the juices run clear and the internal temperature of the chicken is 165°F when tested with a thermometer.

2 Reviews


This was a wonderful dinner! It's really easy to make, too. I made the pico de gallo in the morning, so it was nicely chilled by dinnertime. I served it with some steamed white rice and peas, and it made for a very nice dinner. Thanks, Teresa.


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(4 Aug 2022)

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Quick, easy and very flavorful. Definitely a repeat at our house. Served with a pre-made pico de gallo which made this dish even easier.


(17 Mar 2019)

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Fun facts:

Mexican cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the United States, and Mexicali Chicken is a great example of that. It is believed to have been invented by a Mexican-American chef, who named it after the state of Mexicali in Mexico.

Mexicali Chicken has been served to some of the most famous celebrities in the world. It was a favorite of Elvis Presley, who was known to order it from a restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, whenever he was in town.