Mexican Chicken with Cheese Sauce

For the Chicken:
– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon chili powder
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
– Salt and pepper to taste
For the Cheese Sauce:
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
– 1 cup milk
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
– Salt to taste
Optional toppings and sides:
– Chopped fresh cilantro
– Sliced jalapeños
– Salsa or pico de gallo
– Mexican rice
– Tortilla chips
1. **Prepare the Chicken:**
1. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
2. Rub the spice mixture evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice sear. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
2. **Make the Cheese Sauce:**
1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
2. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute to form a roux.
3. Gradually whisk in the milk, continuing to whisk until the mixture is smooth and begins to thicken.
4. Reduce the heat to low and add the shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, stirring until melted and smooth.
5. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste.
3. **Assemble the Dish:**
1. Slice the cooked chicken breasts and place them on a serving platter.
2. Pour the cheese sauce over the chicken.
4. **Serve:**
– Garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeños, if desired.
– Serve with sides like Mexican rice, salsa, and tortilla chips.
Enjoy your Mexican Chicken with Cheese Sauce!
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