Monday, February 11, 2013

Spicy 'Cajun Chicken with Mardi Gras Salsa'

I am always so inspired by my daily inbox greeting from Iowa Girl Eats. This blog is not only pleasing aesthetically, but also, the recipes are healthy, filling, and simple. I also thoroughly enjoy Friday Favorites and look forward to what Iowa Girl has to share!



One of the latest recipes, Cajun Chicken with Mardi Gras Salsa, had me so inspired as I checked my e-mail this A.M., that I set out to make it as soon as I got home. My lovely husband had already done an insane amount of mundane chores by the time I got home, so I thought I'd cook him up something healthy and fulfilling before he headed out to hockey practice. Not only was this meal husband approved, it was me-approved, as a recent clean eating devotee. My salsa isn't quite the same as Iowa Girl's, but I loved the Mardi Gras "theme" so I kept it!

Ingredients:

1 lb. skinless, boneless, organic chicken breast, halved and pounded (if desired)
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tbsp. cajun seasoning (one tbsp. per side of chicken)
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
sprinkle of homemade taco seasoning
Juice of 1 lime

Salsa-

1 small can pineapple rings, diced
1 medium sized mango
1/2 yellow, red, or orange bell pepper, sliced
1 tsp. sea salt
1 c. medium-hot salsa, I used Trader Joe's Salsa Authentica (no preservatives! no thickening agents!)
Juice from 1 lime



Method:

Heat oil in large skillet on medium high heat for a minute or two. Add thinly cut chicken breasts to the pan and season them, adding more spices if desired. Cook for about 6 minutes, then flip and season the other side of meat.



Meanwhile, combine all the salsa ingredients in a bowl and let the fruit absorb the juices. Check your meat, it should be golden brown and should have developed a crust from all the seasonings and olive oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan and sprinkle with lime juice. Turn heat off and transfer to plates. Top with salsa and chow down!


1 comment:

  1. momscorner1@yahoo.comFebruary 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    This chicken dish looks so juicy and delectible, I love the colors. One always needs a new idea for chicken, sweet!

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