Friday, January 4, 2013

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Slasa

One of my resolutions this year is to cook and pack my lunch more often. A big part of the New York lifestyle is to "grab and go" aka always eating out. 

So, my mission begins! Last night, I found this delicious and healthy recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.  What I love most about this recipe is that not only is it super easy to make but you don't need a lot of ingredients! Check out the recipe below!

4  - Skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 lb. total)
2 - Teaspoons blackened steak seasoning ( Alternative: Montreal Steak Seasoning)
1 - Tablespoon olive oil
2 - Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 - Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 - Teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 - Teaspoon salt
Dash ground black pepper
1 - Avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped
2/3 - Cup chopped fresh or refrigerated papaya (Alternative: Mango)
1/3 - Cup chopped red sweet pepper
1/4 - Cup chopped fresh cilantro
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

Lightly sprinkle both sides of chicken with blackened steak seasoning. I couldn't find blackened steak seasoning at my local grocery store so I used Montreal Steak seasoning.

Heat the sauté pan over medium-high heat. When it's hot, add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil  and cook chicken for 20 min - 25 min. 

For salsa, in large bowl whisk rice vinegar, the 2 Tbsp. oil, cumin, salt, and black pepper.

Stir in avocado, papaya or mango, sweet pepper, and chopped cilantro.

The originally recipe didn't include green beans, but I thought it would be a great alternative for rice. Add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of water in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook green beans until tender.

Pour the salsa on top of the chicken, add green beans on the side and enjoy! 

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