Monday, April 28, 2008

Tequila Chicken

Recipe: Tequila Chicken

2 tablespoons canola or olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
1/8 cup finely chopped red onion
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 dashes cayenne pepper (less than 1/8 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 pound (2 large half breasts) boneless skinless chicken breast; sliced
completely in half making 4 pieces
1-ounce tequila
4 ounces shredded Colby Jack cheese

Garnishes: Diced red onion, bell pepper, green pepper, green onion, cilantro leaves, salsa, sour cream, black olives, lemon or lime wedges.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a bowl, place 2 tablespoons canola oil, all marinade ingredients, and chicken, and mix thoroughly.

In a large saute pan, heat 3 tablespoons canola oil over medium-high to high heat. Place the coated chicken breasts in the hot pan and sear on one side until golden brown for about 1 minute. Turn and sear the other side for a few seconds more, and sizzle with the tequila.

Transfer seared chicken breasts to a lightly greased sheet pan and bake in oven for about 10 minutes until fully cooked.

Remove chicken from oven and top with your choice of garnishes (our choices were: sour cream, black olives, salsa, and lime wedges).

This was soo good. Our twist: cut some tortillas into thin strips and fry or bake them, place under the chicken. Don't forget to make some margaritas!!! Mmm.


Stephanie said...

okay that looks so good and the tortilla strips were a brilliant idea! I will let you know if I try it. Might have to head to the store

caitlyn said...

Mmm this does look good! Come into Tahoe Joe's again when I am all trained and I'll serve you margaritas and chicken! Nothing like this though....

And about your comment...I am scared! Haha I had a dream about it last night and I couldn't sleep because I'm like stressing about it. I've never done anything close to serving before besides Jamba, which is not even close. But hey mo money, mo problems I guess :)

Morgan said...

Okay, I want that.

Working Girl Two said...

this looks like the perfect meal for cinco de mayo!

Talia said...

oh yum. This looks really delish! I think my hubby would LOVE this dish, so I'm definitely going to try it.