Favorite Salsa Verde Chicken

This 30-Minute One-Pan Salsa Verde Chicken is perfect for a busy weeknight.  It’s healthy, tasty, and super easy.

This Salsa Verde Chicken needs only a few basic ingredients and a casserole dish.

I always keep a jar of my favorite salsa verde from Sprouts in my pantry.  Trader Joe’s has a yummy version too, but I prefer the Sprouts version as it has a little more kick (from Jalapenos).

You can use either bone-in chicken thighs (my favorite) or boneless skinless chicken thighs works too.

Perfect over rice, tortillas, or chips.

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PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 20-30 minutes
TOTAL TIME 30-40 minutes
Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 lbs.  chicken thighs (bone in or skinless & boneless)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin’
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 jar (16oz) salsa verde
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro leaves and lime wedges
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Wash and chop the garlic, onion and red pepper.
  3. Wash and towel dry the chicken and then season with salt, pepper, cumin and oregano. Lightly brush the top of each piece with olive oil and sprinkle with the minced garlic. Set aside.
  4. Pour the jar of salsa verde in a casserole dish.
  5. Place the chicken pieces in the casserole dish next and add the onion and peppers to the dish and position around the chicken pieces.
  6. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Do not overcook.
  7. Serve over rice (or with tortillas) and garnish with cilantro and lime.

Spicy Mexican White Chicken Chili

mexican chicken chiliGrowing 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

Ingredients:

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

TOPPINGS

1/2 cup sour cream
chopped green onion (optional)
Monterey jack cheese (optional)

Directions:

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.

CHICKEN FIVE WAYS

CHICKEN FIVE WAYS

Create these tasty marinades in minutes and combine with 1½ -2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approx. 4 small breasts) for a healthy meal right off the BBQ grill.

Allow time for chicken to marinade for 1-4 hours for maximum flavor.

Southwest Chicken Salad

Southwest Chicken Salad

Southwest Chicken

3 T. Olive Oil

2 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 ½ tsp. ground cumin

1 ½ tsp. dried oregano leaves

½ tsp. salt

Combine ingredients and brush over both sides of chicken to coat. Grill over medium hot briquettes for 8-10 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink, turning once.

Serve immediately or use it to build a burrito or taco salad*

*  Build a Burrito: top warm flour tortillas with strips of Southwest Chicken and your choice of drained canned black beans, cooked brown or white rice, shredded cheese, salsa verde, shredded lettuce, and chopped cilantro. Fold in sides and roll to enclose filling. Heat in microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds or until heated thru or wrap in foil and heat in pre-heated over at 350 degrees until hot.

*  Taco Salad: For a quick one-dish meal, layer strips of Southwest chicken with tomato wedges, blue or traditional corn tortilla chips, shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce, shredded cheese, and avocado slices. Serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole or a favorite dressing.

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Grilled Rosemary Chicken

2 T. lemon juice

2 T. Olive Oil

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

2 T. minced fresh rosemary

¼ tsp. salt

Whisk together the ingredients and pour into either a shallow glass pan or a gallon size zip-lock bag. Add chicken and coat both sides. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 1-4 hours.

Grill chicken over medium hot coals 5-6 minutes per side or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

Serve with kale salad or grilled vegetables (see recipes on blog).

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Sesame Orange Chicken Skewers

Sesame-Orange Chicken Skewers

½ cup hoisin sauce

¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar

¼ cup sesame oil

¼ cup orange juice

2 T. drained mandarin orange segments

1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (or ½ tsp. garlic salt if you don’t have fresh)

In a gallon-sized re-sealable bag, combine all ingredients and mix well. Remove ¾ cup of the marinade for basting.

Cut chicken into strips and place in the bag, marinating for 1-4 hours. Remove chicken and discard used marinade.

Thread chicken onto bamboo skewers (soaked in water for at least 20 minutes to keep from burning). Grill skewers for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center and juices run clear when cut. Turn skewers once and baste often with additional ¾ cup marinade. Do not baste, during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Serve with steamed white or brown rice and snow peas.

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Thai Grilled Chicken

4 servings

¼ cup soy sauce

2 cloves minced garlic ( or 2 tsp. bootled minced garlic)

1.2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 T. honey

1 T. fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients but the honey and lime juice in a measuring cup.

Place chicken in a re-sealable plastic bag and pour marinade over chicken, turning to coat all sides. Marinate for 30 minutes to 4 hours.

Meanwhile, combine honey and lime juice in a small boawl until blended and set aside.

Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Brush with some of the leftover marinade from the dish. Discard the remaining marinade.

Grill covered for 5 minutes. Brush chicken with half of the honey mixture, turn and brush with remaining mixture. Grill 5 minutes more or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve with steamed rice, oriental vegetables and fresh fruit salad.

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Chicken Ribbon Satay

½ cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup water

¼ cup soy sauce

4 cloves garlic, pressed

3 T. lemon juice

2 T. firmly packed brown sugar

¾ tsp. ground ginger or 1 ½ tsp. crushed garlic (found in a jar at most grocery stores)

½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

sliced green onion tops (for garnish)

 

Combine all but green onion in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat 1 minute or until smooth; cool. Remove garlic from sauce; discard.

Reserve half of sauce for dipping.

Cut chicken lengthwise into 1 inch wide strips. Thread onto 8 metal or bamboo skewers (soaked in water at least 20 minutes to keep from burning)

Oil the grill to prevent sticking. Grill chicken on a covered grill over medium high heat, for 6-8 minutes or until the center is no longer pink, turning once.   Baste with the sauce once or twice during cooking.

Serve with reserved sauce garnished with slice green onion on a bed of jasmine rice.

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YUMMY CHICKEN ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

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CHICKEN ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

Pinch of Yum-inspired version

Serves: 10-12

INGREDIENTS

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)

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Skinny Fiesta Bean Salad

low-carb and delicious

low-carb and delicious

Skinny Fiesta Bean Salad

 Prep time: 10 minutes   Fridge time: 1-2 hours

Yield: 10-12 servings     Serving size: ½ cup

Ingredients

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

Dressing:

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

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Fish Tacos

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Fish Tacos inspired by Alton Brown

Total Time: 38 min. Prep: 15 min.  Inactive: 15 min.   Cook: 8 min.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic
1 cup packed cilantro leaves
2 limes, zested
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tequila
1 pound tilapia fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 mini “street taco size” corn tortillas (or regular size work too)

Toppings:

Crema (recipe follows) or sour cream (if short of time)
Shredded Monterey jack cheese
Chopped tomatoes
Chopped avocado
Shredded red cabbage
Lime wedges

Crema:

1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Taco Directions:

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