Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chicken with Chorizo Salsa

Chicken with Chorizo Salsa 

Is there an ingredient that will without fail, cause you to make a recipe?  For me, it's chorizo.  Include that spicy, smoky sausage in basically any dish, and I'm powerless against it.  Lately I've been adding it to scrambled eggs in the morning, along with shredded zucchini and fresh cilantro.  It's quickly become my favorite breakfast, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

BUT I'm not here to talk about that breakfast today, I'm here to tell you about this chicken with chorizo salsa.  Yes, chorizo salsa.  This stuff is a revelation, and I pretty much want to eat it every day with every meal from now to eternity.  Sound good?

This is also a super easy and quick weeknight dinner.  You make the chorizo salsa, then cook the chicken in the drippings, giving you even more chorizo flavor.  I served this chicken over a bed of Mexican-style zucchini, and it made for such a wonderful, satisfying, and healthy meal.  Mexican food tends to be heavy and calorie-laden (at least the things I love are!), so having a nice and light Mexican dinner was a nice change of pace.  I enjoyed the leftovers all chopped up and stuffed into lettuce wraps for lunch the next day, so I highly recommend that you save some for that!

Chorizo = love.

Chicken with Chorizo Salsa
adapted from Cooking Light, Jan/Feb 2015
serves 4

  • 2 oz (1 link) Mexican pork chorizo
  • 4 (6-oz) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to even thickness
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 cup seeded and chopped tomato (1 large)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped red onion
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Remove the chorizo from its casing and crumble into the pan.  Cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes.  Transfer the chorizo to a small bowl.

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper, and the ground cumin.  Sprinkle the mixture over the chicken breasts.

Return the skillet to the stovetop and add the oil to the drip pins in the pan, swirling to coat.  Add the chicken to the pan and cook 5 minutes per side, or until it's cooked through (reaching 165 degrees as the internal temperature).  Remove the chicken from the pan, and cover with foil.

Once again, return the pan to the stovetop.  Add the tomato, cilantro, and onion, and cook, stirring constantly 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the chorizo, then stir in the lime juice.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and transfer the salsa to a small bowl.

To serve, place 1 chicken breast on each plate and top with about 2 tablespoons of the salsa and 1 tablespoon of cheese.  


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