February 08, 2010

February 8 THE MONDAY MENU Tex-Mex Chicken with Apple Lime Slaw

Like so many of you, I wake up each day knowing that at some point I will have to answer that inevitable question: "What's for dinner?" Last Friday when that question was asked I decided it was time to have a little fun.

I challenged my daughter to help me create a unique chicken recipe using only the ingredients we could find in the refrigerator and pantry. We started with chicken as it is so versatile. With a little imagination, and just four or five basic ingredients found in most homes, chicken can easily go from Asian, to Italian, to Mexican. Because our family loves spicy food we decided to go with Tex-Mex.

Next, we raided the crisper for ingredients to make a topping for the chicken. Our search uncovered apples, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, and limes. I looked at my daughter and smiled. Her face scrunched into a confused question mark, which was then replaced with mild horror as I grabbed the apples and a bottle of soy sauce.

Conversation Starter: The scariest thing I ever made in the kitchen was__________.


2lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Except for the chicken, mix everything a large bowl until well blended. Add chicken and coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for two hours.

After two hours preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Also preheat a large oven-proof skillet along with two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Just as the pan begins to smoke add marinated chicken and cook over high heat for 3-4 minutes until both sides have caramelized. Place the skillet in the oven and cook an additional 15 minutes or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 180 degrees. Remove chicken from oven and let rest for five minutes before serving.

Apple Lime Slaw


1 large (or 2 medium) Granny Smith apple
2 medium jalapeno peppers (depending on taste)
1 medium tomato
1/2 cup cilantro chopped fine
2 teaspoons clover honey
the juice from 1 large lime
pinch of salt

Dice apple, jalapenos, and tomato into small pieces (approximately 1/4 inch) and place in a small mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for half an hour before serving with chicken.

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