Just Precious

Making my own Mexicky Chicken

Posted in Just Precious is Cookin' by Julie Meyers Pron on October 29, 2009

In my first post about meal planning I shared that you’ll learn to adapt and cook on your own, with a lot of practice. And after 3 years I’m still pretty proud when I come up with my own recipe, inspired by others.

For tonight’s chicken dinner I simply took ingredients I’ve learned to love and seasoned them onto breasts of chicken, then took a few of the same seasoning and added it to the vegetables so that the meal meshed.

Ingredients:

Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil

Vegetables

1 red bell pepper
1 pkg white whole mushrooms
1 bag baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil

Get Cooking:

1. heat oven to 350, then turn off to stay warm
2. wash chicken and pound with a meat tenderizer to thin
3. heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet
4. season chicken with paprika, salt, pepper and cilantro
5. cook chicken in oil 5-7 minutes each side, or until cooked through
6. move to dish and place in oven to keep warm

In same skillet,

7.  heat 1 tablespoon oil
8. cook mushrooms and peppers 3-5 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally
9. add 1/2 cup water, pepper, salt and lime juice. Stir in spinach leaves slowly (they will wilt and allow more room)
10. Serve immediately with chicken

Star rating: there’s nothing better than hearing your husband say, “wow, this is good chicken!” even though you serve chicken about twice a week. And seeing your kids eat all the chicken on their plates is fantastic. The mushrooms, sadly, weren’t quite the hit, but the addition of lime to both parts of the meal blended it together and gave the peppers and spinach a little extra something good. Rating: 4 out of 5 (because no one but me likes mushrooms.)

Note for Next Time: You still need the mushrooms for the water and flavor as they cook, but add a 2nd red pepper. And cook more chicken. This is probably the first time I didn’t prepare enough.

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