It's Latin Week! Yeay! I wanted to cook with some really fresh and vibrant flavors. My chicken breast combines citrus, garlic and cilantro to create a nice and simple chicken dish that is extremely versatile. Combined with Spanish Rice and you have a great complete meal for any day of the week!
Citrus Cilantro Chicken 6 Chicken Breasts, Cleaned and Trimmed of Fat 1 Lemon, Juiced and Zested 1 Orange, Juiced and Zested Handful of Cilantro, Roughly Chopped 2 Cloves Garlic 1 Tbsp Salt 1/2 Tbsp Pepper 1 Tsp Cumin 1/4 cup Olive Oil 1 Large Plastic Ziplock Bag
1. Place chicken breasts into plastic bag. 2. Combine juice and zest of lemon and orange. Add seasonings and olive oil. Stir to combine. 3. Place in refridgerator for at least 5 hours, over night is best. 4. Preheat oven to 450-degrees. 5. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and juices run clear.
2 Cups of Long Grain Par Boiled Rice 4 1/4 Cups Water 2 Packets of Goya Tomato and Chicken Boullion 1 Large Tomato 1/2 Red Pepper Diced 1/2 Green Pepper Diced 1 Red Onion, Diced 1 Jalapeno Pepper, Sliced 2 Garlic Cloves , Minced 1 Tsp Turmeric Olive Oil
1. Add enough olive oil into a pot to cover the bottom. 2. Turn the heat to medium and add jalapenos. Let jalapenos sweat out so the heat and flavor infuses the oil. 3. Cut the tomato in half and squeeze out the juices of it, this will allow you to cut the tomato nicely and you can use the juice for the rice as well. 4. After about five minutes, remove the jalapeno with a slotted spoon, leaving the oil in the pot. 5. Add in the rest of the vegetables and let them sweat for 5-10 minutes, until soft and fragarent. 6. Add in the rice and combine with veggies. 7. Pour in water, tomato pulp and juice, turmeric and the Goya Packets. *I was very against using the Goya packets, however, they add a really great authentic flavor without any extra fat. The turmeric adds a really beautiful yellow color to the rice* 8. Bring the rice up to a boil and then cover and let cook for 25 minutes on low heat, covered. 9. Fluff with a fork and serve piping hot.
Years ago, I followed my dreams and went to culinary school. I went to culinary school to continue the dream that my mother and I always shared: to open up a deli or cafe somewhere and call it our own. Whether that cafe will ever open is still up in the air...but my cooking and my love for food I owe to my mother...and in a way this blog is dedicated to her...I only hope that I can inspire other women with this blog the way my mother inspired me...With her love for food passed onto me, I quickly became a food snob after culinary school. Today, a house, a husband' (and his stomach),and an up and coming business keeps me busy enough without all my gourmet concoctions! But, no matter how busy I am, I still go to my kitchen and cook to retain my sanity. Prehaps this is a way I connect to my mother...but cooking is the only thing that truely soothes my soul. My recent transformation has led me to belive that sometimes you just have to Keep It Simple Stupid...and Cook!
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. ~Woody Allen
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene
Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats. ~George Carlin
Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat. ~Jim Davis
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~George Miller
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. ~Anonymous
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