2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon dried Greek oregano
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ stick unsalted butter
1 medium onion, small dice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups long grain rice like Mahatma brand
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
1-2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
½ cup pitted green olives
½ cup roasted red pepper strips
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional garnish: chopped cilantro or parsley leaves
Put chicken thighs in a nonreactive bowl and season with a pinch of salt, a grind or two of black pepper and the olive oil, red wine vinegar and oregano. Let marinate while you’re organizing the rest of your ingredients, no more than half an hour.
Melt butter with olive oil in a Dutch oven or large lid pot then sauté onion over medium heat until it begins to soften. Add the garlic and cook just until you can smell its characteristic aroma and it turns opaque. Add the rice and stir well so the grains are coated with the fat. Let it sauté for a minute. Add the tomato paste and the broth. Stir well to mix. Add the remaining condiments. Taste the liquid. It should have a piquancy from the capers and olives. Add salt now if you think you need it.
Nestle the chicken thighs into the rice, adding any reserved marinade or juices. Bring the liquid to a simmer, cover the pot and cook either on top of the stove over low heat or in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until rice has absorbed all the liquid and chicken is cooked through. Taste for seasoning.
This easy to prepare Spicy Southwestern Salad recipe has roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, lettuce, and creamy avocado dressing!
FOR THE SALAD
2 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon oil
1 heaping teaspoon each cumin and chili powder (plus a sprinkle of cayenne if you like it hot)
salt and pepper to taste
1 14-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 14-ounce can sweet corn, rinsed and drained (or use shredded carrots if you prefer)
a handful of cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado (optional)
1/2 a head of romaine lettuce, chopped
FOR THE CILANTRO DRESSING:
half an avocado
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (optional)
1/2 cup water
1 cup cilantro leaves and stems
1 small clove of garlic
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
a squeeze of lime juice
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel the sweet potatoes and chop into bite-sized pieces. Mix the olive oil, cumin, and chili powder together in a small bowl. Brush mixture on sweet potatoes. Roast for 10 minutes. Stir or shake the pan. Turn heat up to 425, and roast for another 10-15 minutes. The sweet potatoes should be just barely roasty-brown on the outside. cook another minute or two if needed. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, pulse all the dressing ingredients in a food processor until mostly smooth.
Toss the beans, corn, lettuce, and sweet potatoes with the dressing. Serve with the other half of the avocado!
Growing up as a kid, the definition of chili was both a small pepper with a very hot flavor and a spicy stew of ground beef usually with beans too. Both meant yummy goodness. Now chili in our family seems to be synonymous with Monday Night Football. Our version is a chicken variety with savory mexican spices. It’s always a hit, even when our team doesn’t win.
Spicy Mexican White Chicken Chili
2-3 cups shredded chicken (I use rotisserie chicken from the deli section at Sprouts)
2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans navy beans
2 cups roasted corn (I use frozen from Trader Joe’s)
1-2 ounces taco seasoning mix (I use part of the envelope from Trader Joe’s)
1 (7 1/2 ounce) can of chopped green chilies (use less if you like a milder chili)
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (14 ounce) can low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
chopped green onion (optional)
Monterey jack cheese (optional)
Pour beans, corn and chicken in large pot.
In a medium bowl, combine taco seasoning, chiles, condensed soup, and chicken broth.
Pour over top of ingredients and stir together over medium heat.
Simmer for 15-30 minutes.
Serve topped with green onions, sour cream, and jack cheese, if desired.
1 cup pecans (or walnuts)
4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 ears), raw or cooked
2 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled Feta (2 ounces)
1 rotiserie-roasted chicken, cooled and shredded (make ahead if desired, I buy from local market)
1 large can (28 ounces) medium red or green enchilada sauce. (I use La Palma)
3 cups shredded cheese (I use combination of monterey jack and mozzarella)
12-15 small flour tortillas
1 ½ cans refried beans
sliced green onions or cilantro (optional)
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz. can yellow sweet corn (optional), drained
½ cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 small pint red cherry tomatoes, sliced into halves
¼ cup green onions, finely sliced (white & green parts)
1 medium avocado, diced
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp. ground cumin
2-3 cloves minced garlic
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
½ tsp salt