Mexicali Chicken

2 1/2- to 3-pound broiler-fryer chicken, cut up
2 tablespoons salad oil
1 bottle (7 ounces) spicy sauce for tacos*
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon instant minced garlic
1/4 cup instant minced onion
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

Wash chicken and pat dry. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook chicken in oil over medium heat about 15 minutes or until brown. Drain off fat.

Mix sauce for tacos, water, salt, oregano, instant garlic and instant onion. Pour over chicken. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is tender.

Place chicken in ungreased baking pan, 9x9x2 inches, or in ovenproof serving dish. Cool. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and refrigerate about 8 hours.

Heat oven to 400°. Bake uncovered 40 minutes, removing cover last 20 minutes. 4 or 5 servings.
*If spicy sauce for tacos is not available, omit water and mix 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 5 drops red pepper sauce and 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice.

Marinating overnight allows the flavors to permeate. A convenient do-ahead.

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