Cha, cha, cha charge up dinner with salsa!Chicken / September 21, 2016
I was fairly adept in the kitchen before I understood that you can make a salsa with just about anything. I mean anything. I’ve made salsas using mint and oranges. I’ve made them using kiwi, peach and cherries. And of course there’s salsa with corn, cucumbers, even ginger as an ingredient. Just think about what benefits from a little zing, and either lime juice or another acid, and you can consider it a salsa.
In this case I am showcasing two dishes that make the most of salsa brilliance. One, a simple pan sauteed chicken breast with a pineapple and tomato salsa, (don’t kid yourself. I loaded it up with other amazing flavors, too…) and secondly, a quick twist on a Mexican classic, the meat enchilada.
ONE – Take a look at this beauty. the secret is sauteeing the chicken in good flavors, then reducing it ever so slightly with a good white wine. Adding pineapple allows you a lot of latitude with other sweet flavors so I finished it with a few dots of fig balsamic reduced to a yummy syrup. And to serve it, I rested it atop quinoa cooked with a bit of jalapeno oil. It was just sweet enough and just savory enough to keep me entertained and cha, cha, charged about this new recipe.
TWO – The other salsa-sensational dinner is a twist on the meat enchilada (BELOW), wherein the tortilla is swapped for a tasty pastry you could hold in your hand. However, once you add a simple salsa that was quickly composed of canned tomatoes, canned ortega chiles, and some cilantro, it might be advisable to use a fork. I had a hard time not using my hands I wanted to eat it all so quickly! Resting on a plate of black beans and finished with some lime juice made this just about the prettiest enchilada I’ve EVER seen.
What’s fun about this meal is the meat mixture that goes inside. You could use a tender skirt steak for fancy nights, but well seasoned hamburger with peppers, jalapeno and onion work just fine. By adding a little canned enchilada sauce and some cumin, you’ve gone all inventive without all the fuss.
Both of these meals were ridiculously simple and used a lot of ready-made ingredients that added lots of flavor in no time.
Check out the recipes below!