Thursday, February 17, 2011

Recipe: Salsa Chicken

Today I decided that I needed to start using up the rest of the tortillas I had from the last time I made taco meat (most of which I wound up freezing).  However, I didn't really feel like having run of the mill tacos.  So on the fly I whipped this up and I have to say it turned out really well.  The flour on the chicken helps the sauce thicken and stick and the salsa gives it a great flavor.  The best part is that no taco seasoning packet is required so you can make this pretty much any time.  You could even do it without the tortillas and serve it alongside spanish rice and beans.  The dish can easily be doubles or tripled but the recipe will feed 2 people no problem and 3-4 if you portion the meat out smaller.

You will need:

3 Chicken Breasts or 4-5 Chicken Thighs cut into chunky cubes
Garlic Powder
~3 tablespoons flour
Vegetable Oil
Optional Spices:
Red Pepper Flakes
1/4-1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4-1/2 cup salsa (your favorite brand; not pico de gallo)

Other Taco fixings if desired (lettuce, tomato, guac or sliced avocado)

First cube the chicken into sizable chunks.  Season with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes.  Mix to evenly coat chicken.   Begin heating vegetable oil in a large saute pan, just enough to cover the bottom, you will not need a huge amount. In a paper bag, large plastic container with top, or large bowl add around 3 tablespoons of flour, a little salt, and a little pepper.  Add the chicken and toss to coat the chicken in a light dusting of flour.  Test the oil with one chicken cube.  If the pan is hot enough you should hear a sizzle.  Add the chicken and cook on medium high to high until golden on all sides and the chicken is cooked through.  This should take around 6-8 minutes.  When cooked add the chicken broth and salsa to the pan and stir to combine.  You will see it turn into a golden sauce that coats the chicken.  Reduce heat to medium and allow the sauce to thicken (around 3 minutes).  Serve immediately.

Makes 4-6 tacos

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