Thursday, March 1, 2007

Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken
  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 package low sodium taco seasoning (or create your own spice blend with chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper)
  • 1 jar salsa
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional: sliced black olives, chopped green chiles, corn

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1/2 cup salsa in baking dish. Pour taco seasoning or spice mixture in shallow dish. Dredge each chicken piece in seasoning and place in pan on top of salsa. Cover with 1 cup of salsa. Cover pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover pan, sprinkle dish with olives, chiles, corn and definitely lots of cheese. Bake for another 15 minutes until cheese melted and browned. Serve with rice or cousous.

Chimichurri Tomatoes

Well, I've been slacking for the past few weeks, haven't been posting at all, but I'm back in the game. I've been going through one of those phases where I haven't felt inspired to cook - so we've been eating lots of pasta and a variety of Trader Joe's frozen foods....mixed with an occasional "breakfast for dinner" and an occasional pizza or Burger King run (please don't tell anyone!). Anyway, I finally made a nice dinner last night: Salsa Chicken (recipe to follow), couscous, and my Chimichurri tomatoes and it tasted so good. Here are the recipes:

Chimichurri Roasted Tomatoes
- 1 big container TJ's mini pearl tomatoes
- 2-3 TBL TJ's Chimichurri sauce

Heat oven-proof saute pan over medium high heat, add Chimichurri sauce. Once slightly warmed, add tomatoes and stir until coated with oil. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Put in 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or 375 degree oven for 15-20 until tomatoes are roasted through. (Note: when I made these, the sauce that wasn't stuck to the tomatoes cooked and got crispy on the bottom of the pan - yummy! So, when I served them I mixed the tomatoes with this additional crispy sauce from the bottom of the pan).