Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Throw that seasoning packet away" Chicken Tortillas

   Want to know how to win over your man's stomach? Cook him delicious Italian food. Want to know how to keep your man happy? Learn to cook something else because he is getting sick of Italian food. HAHA just kidding, I don't think we could get sick of the classics. BUT...

    If you ventured out of your comfort zone like I did and made that awesome steak from the previous post, you are going to have leftovers...

    Leftover rice, leftover salsa, leftover GUACAMOLE! So here is a delish way to make chicken without using those seasoning packets from what I call the "lazy isle" of the super market. Unless you genuinely enjoy the taste of Monosodium Glutamate, Maltodextrin and Silicone Dioxide. Mmmm!

   Start off with 1 onion and chop it up, throw a pat of butter in a hot pan and toss in the onion, while the onion softens, cut up your chicken into little strip size pieces that would fit nicely in a corn tortilla. If you are anything like me, and cut every. single. tiny. gross looking bit off of your chicken breasts then put the pot on LOW because it takes forever to cut your chicken!!

    Keep the cut up pieces on your cutting board. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of paprika,cumin,oregano,garlic powder,chili powder,cayenne pepper and cilantro. Sprinkle salt and pepper to your taste. Smush it all around with your hands until the chicken is covered and looks brownish/red and pasty like this...

I added about 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan. It seems like a lot but it gets drained out and it helps the onions not to brown too fast, that way the chicken gets that onion flavor without over cooking and drying out the onions. I also squeezed the juice of half a lemon right over the chicken mid way through.

Cook until juices run clear and chicken looks cooked but still juicey. This takes about ten minutes on low-medium heat. Drain all of the oil out and cook 1 more minute on high heat. I find this trick helps the seasoning stay on the chicken instead of the pan.

Use up that yummy guacamole, salsa and rice.. put into a little corn tortilla and enjoy. Pour two glasses of  frothy  Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen beer.I promise that this beer is both bold enough for hubby and lady friendly for you. It has a hint of citrus flavor that goes really well with this dish as well as the steak recipe it followed.

You know you want to eat that.

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