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     Blackened Chili-Dusted Chicken

Blackened Chili-Dusted Chicken

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
Sub Category   Low-fat
Servings   2 servings
Preptime   25-35 min

Ingredients
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1/3 Cup White Basmati Rice
3 Ounces Cherry Tomatoes
3 Cloves Garlic
2 Scallions
1 Ear Of Corn
1 Lime
1 Zucchini
1 Bunch Cilantro
 
2 Tablespoons Mexican Crema
2 Teaspoons Ancho Chile Powder

Instructions
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut off and discard the stem end of the zucchini; small dice. Remove and discard the husks and silks of the corn. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Quarter the tomatoes. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves and stems. Quarter the lime. In a bowl, combine the crema and the juice of 2 lime wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a large pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini and half the garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 3 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Stir in the rice and 2/3 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 14 to 16 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and stir in the juice of the remaining lime wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste.
While the rice cooks, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper and the ancho chile powder. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook, loosely covering the pan with aluminum foil, 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until blackened, crispy and cooked through. Transfer to a plate, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan. Loosely cover the cooked chicken with aluminum foil.
While the rice continues to cook, heat the pan of reserved fond on medium-high until hot. Add the corn; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the tomatoes, white bottoms of the scallions and remaining garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until softened and fragrant. Remove from heat. Off the heat, add half the cilantro and half the green tops of the scallions to the pan of vegetables. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the cooked chicken to a cutting board; slice crosswise. Stir any juices from the cutting board into the pan of vegetables. Divide the zucchini rice, finished corn-tomato sauté and sliced chicken between 2 plates. Garnish with the remaining cilantro and green tops of the scallions. Serve with the lime crema on the side. Enjoy!


Originally Submitted
7/12/2017





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