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April 24, 2009

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Filed under: Chicken, Main Dish, Mexican, Vegetables — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 12:52 pm

I must admit that when it comes to food I judge a book by it’s cover and it’s title too.  I saw this in Cooking Light and knew I had to make it.  Every time I picked up the magazine I was drawn to the recipe.  I think knowing that I had chicken breasts in the freezer helped me to decide that I would add this to the menu for the week.  I was looking forward to this meal the whole week!

This recipe was so easy to put together.  I loved that I didn’t feel rushed when I was prepping it.  The marinade for the chicken was wonderful and smelled great.  The salsa was so easy to toss together.  I chopped a little extra cilantro and added it to the salsa.  I couldn’t resist trying a spoonful of the salsa.  I could have eaten the whole bowl!  When the chicken was cooking I was thinking about how delicious a margarita would have been with this meal.  Too bad I didn’t have any of the makings!  Drinking by myself wouldn’t have been much fun either!  My husband is working nights right now but that will hopefully change soon!  I was so thankful that I have a great grill pan for my chicken!  It made wonderful marks.  I think this would work out great on the grill too.  I served my chicken with some Spanish rice.  I suggest you make this for your family or even company.

Enjoy!

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Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

source:  Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • Chicken:
  • 2  tablespoons  minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 4  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Salsa:
  • 1  cup  chopped plum tomato (about 2)
  • 2  tablespoons  finely chopped onion
  • 2  teaspoons  fresh lime juice
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  avocado, peeled and finely chopped

Preparation

1. To prepare chicken, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; toss and let stand 3 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.

2. To prepare salsa, combine tomato and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a medium bowl. Add avocado; stir gently to combine. Serve salsa over chicken.

November 12, 2008

Chicken Enchiladas

Filed under: Chicken, Main Dish, Mexican — Tags: — bettylou79 @ 12:04 pm

I love Mexican food and this along with tacos is one of my favorite recipes to make. I grew up in an area that had a large Hispanic population and therefore there were several Mexican restaurants all over the Skagit Valley. I really miss those great Mom and Pop family restaurants. Each restaurant’s food and decor was a little different too. I’ve said before that I’m a bit of a food snob and that also carries over to restaurants. I really have a tough time going to large national chain Mexican food restaurants. I’m sure you can think of a few!!

I must confess that each time I make Chicken Enchiladas I make them a bit different and I never make them the same. I think that next time I go to a Mexican restaurant I will have to order and Enchilada and dissect it in my mind. Don’t worry, I won’t pick it apart! When I make these Chicken Enchiladas I always think of my friend from high school who made these for a friend and I. It’s amazing the things that stick in your memory!

As I said earlier, I make these different every time. I did find a recipe that is similar to what I do. The biggest things that I do that were different were that I add a can of refried beans and some of the enchilada sauce to the chicken mixture, I also add about 1/3 cup of sour cream to the mixture. Someone out there is probably yelling that I’m actually making a burrito! Oops!

On to the recipe and pictures. Fair warning! This recipe (mine) makes enough for a crowd!! I served this with some Spanish rice.

Here is the recipe that I based my most recent Enchiladas on. The recipe has pictures too!

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Mom’s Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

source: SimplyRecipes.com

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