Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield
4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 2 tablespoons sauce)

Look for ground ancho chile pepper in the spice section. If you can't find it, substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons regular chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper. Crema Mexicana is similar to crème fraîche but has a thinner consistency and sweeter flavor. Slice chicken and serve with flour tortillas and a tossed salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine almonds and chile pepper in a blender or food processor; process until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Step 2

Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper.

Step 3

Heat butter and oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.

Step 4

Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add almond mixture, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and broth; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until broth mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in crema Mexicana. Serve sauce over chicken. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

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