Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tomatillo Braised Chicken

So, we are in the midst of "eat everything that will go bad before vacation." There was a bag of tomatillo that I had planned to make salsa with for Matt's lunches. Then Swede Lake Farm gave us some of their tasty salsa & we didn't need anymore. So, I decided to make it into a sauce to use over grilled chicken (ok, basically salsa over chicken).
Tomatillo Braised Chicken
The resident griller wasn't feeling very motivated to leave the air conditioned living house to light the grill & came up the the brilliant idea that I should braise the chicken in the sauce instead. This actually worked so well & created a pretty quick one pot meal. The tomatillo sauce had a nice sweetness with just a touch of heat from the peppers & a little tang from the vinegar. Braising kept the chicken nice & juicy. We ended up taking the meat off the bone & mixing it in with the sauce & rice. I think you could probably do this with your favorite too just add some water if needed.

Tomatillo Braised Chicken

1 T olive oil
1 small onion, about 1 heaping cup chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 small peppers, seeded & chopped (we used 4 jalapenos & 1 cherry pepper)
1 lb tomatillos, remove outer papers & then chop
1 T white wine vinegar
2 bone-in chicken breast with skin removed
salt & pepper

In an oven proof pan with a lid heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic & peppers then sauté until the onions are translucent. Stir in the tomatillos & vinegar. Let simmer until the tomatillos are softened & starting to break down, about 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Salt & pepper the chicken breasts. Lay the breasts in the pot with the tomatillo mixture. Add enough water so the sauce is covering the chicken breasts about halfway. Cover & put into the oven. Cook for about 20 - 30 minutes until the chicken registers 160 F on a thermometer.

Serve the chicken with rice & the tomatillo sauce.

2 servings

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Elle said...

oh, I love that you served it with off the bone and mixed with rice--so good!

Unplanned Cooking said...

Cleaning out the fridge always leads to new recipes around here. And I like that it forces me to cook (can't stand to throw food out).

giz said...

Tomatillos are not so readily available here - now that I think about it - I've never even tried them.

grace said...

nice use for those ever eye-catching tomatillos! i'm in clean-up mode myself, but i haven't come across anything worth mentioning--sad, right? :)

Lori said...

The tomatillo salsa look beautiful. It is becoming one of my favorites. Such a great dish and hooray for vacation!

Justin said...

i also love it when you're moving and have to cook everything in the house

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