South-of-the-Border Grilled Chicken and Green Tomatoes
4 servings (serving size: 2 tomato slices, 1 chicken breast half, about 1/2 cup salsa, and 2 tablespoons queso fresco)
Photo: Oxmoor House
1 (16-ounce) container fresh salsa
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 green tomatoes, each cut into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled queso fresco
How to Make It
Drain salsa in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid. Set salsa aside.
Combine reserved liquid, oil, salt, and pepper in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken and tomato to bag; seal and shake gently to coat. Chill 30 minutes.
Remove chicken and tomato from bag, reserving marinade. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; pour reserved marinade over chicken. Place tomato slices on grill rack. Grill chicken 6 minutes on each side or until done. Grill tomatoes 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve chicken with tomatoes; top with reserved salsa and queso fresco.
I just have to rate this chicken because it was SO good! It is so hard for me to get my husband to even eat grilled chicken, but this one he gets excited about! I used a medium-heat store bought salsa and tasted it before putting the juice on the chicken. I decided it was just a little "blah" and not so "fresh" tasting so I added some lime juice, fresh cilantro and a few fresh sliced jalapenos for a little kick. I served this with black beans and quinoa and grilled corn on the cob. I also made some guacamole to top it off like another reviewer since my local store doesn't carry queso fresco and it was just the right thing to cool the dish down a bit. I'll be making this again!
This was so easy and really good. I couldn't get queso fresco at my store, but I had an avocado from the farmers' market, so I mashed it and mixed it with the salsa - it tempered the heat and made a fantastic topping. Served with corn on the cob and "fiesta rice" a CL recipe. I think I like grilled green tomatoes even better that fried green tomatoes. They were excellent.
I found this recipe during a "search" and thought I would give her a try. OMG it is delicious!!! I bought hot salsa and followed the recipe to the letter. Very good and my family loved it as well. My husband says it's a keeper. Of course if you don't like hot and spicy, buy the milder salsa. I served w/fresh fruit to cool it off a bit.
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