Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Recipe: Unstuffed Enchilada

I was short on time, had not gone grocery shopping for the week and needed something for dinner. Sometimes that is when delicious recipes are borne, like this one. Take several things you have in your fridge and make something.

What you need:
Chicken breasts, once for each person
Onion, 1 medium size
Bell Peppers, I used the small the ones, but 1 big one would be fine
Garlic, 4 cloves
Butter or some other oil for cooking
Cumin 1tsp
Coriander 1tsp
Paprika 1/2 tsp
Lime juice 1-2 limes
Salt and pepper to taste
Cheese, optional

Slice the chicken breasts in half length wise so they are all about the same thickness. Use a malt and pound the chicken, this will help make it moist. Rub the seasonings, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt and pepper all over the chicken, set aside. Slice the onion into medium sizes strips, dice the garlic and cut the bell pepper into bite size peaces. Put the onion and garlic into a skillet with butter/oil of choice and some salt and pepper, stir occasionally so they do not burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. Allow to cook until the onion begins to carmalize. This does take about 30 minutes. Once the onions begin to turn clear in color, add the bell peppers so they can cook while the onions are finishing carmalizing, stir occasionally. Heat another pan and add butter. Once melted, add the chicken. Cook for several minutes, 3-5 minutes depending on the size, then turn over. If needed add more butter. The chicken is cooked once it is firm to the touch, the juice run clear or cut into it and check for doneness. This should take about 10 minutes. By this time, the onions should be carmalized and the peppers tender. Add the lime juice and zest, if you would like, to the onion, pepper mixture, toss to coat. Place chicken onto a plate and scope the onion pepper mixture over the top. If you would like, sprinkle a little cheese over the top, I used pepper jack. Serve and enjoy!

Saving the world one stick of butter at a time.
Peace, love and joy this blessed time of year.

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