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Herbed Salsa With Grilled Chicken

Herbed Salsa With Grilled Chicken
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WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

This fresh tomato salsa, which doubles as a marinade for grilled chicken, is packed with flavor from lots of fresh oregano, chives and cilantro. The salsa would also pair wonderfully with just about any meat, fish or tofu. Serve the chicken and salsa with beans and brown rice or over greens for a colorful salad. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Ingredients
Prep: 50 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • 1 1/2 cups
    chopped tomatoes, divided
  • 1/3 cup
    chopped fresh chives
  • 1/3 cup
    chopped fresh cilantro, or parsley
  • 2 teaspoons
    chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons
    red-wine vinegar, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    freshly ground pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon
    hot sauce, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup
    chopped green or red bell pepper, (or a combination)
  • 3/4 cup
    corn kernels, fresh (see Tip) or frozen (thawed), cooked if desired
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (8-9 ounces each), trimmed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons
    extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons
    chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon
    minced garlic
Instructions
  1. To prepare salsa: Place 1 cup tomatoes in a food processor with chives, cilantro (or parsley), oregano, vinegar, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Process until the mixture is coarsely pureed. Add bell pepper and pulse 4 or 5 times to incorporate. Transfer to a nonreactive bowl (see Tip); stir in corn and the remaining 1/2 cup tomatoes. Taste and add more vinegar, salt, pepper and/or hot sauce, if desired.
  2. To prepare chicken: Cut each chicken breast in half on the diagonal to make 4 roughly equal portions. Combine 1/4 cup of the salsa, 2 tablespoons liquid drained from the salsa, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, chili powder and garlic in a nonreactive medium shallow bowl or sealable gallon-size plastic bag. Add the chicken pieces and stir or shake until well coated. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. Cover and refrigerate the remaining salsa.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high or position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the broiler.
  4. Thoroughly shake off the marinade from the chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels. Brush on both sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. (Discard the marinade.) If broiling, place on a well-oiled broiler pan or wire rack set on a large baking sheet. Grill or broil, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 10 to 14 minutes. Serve the chicken with the reserved salsa.

 

Tip

Tips: To remove corn kernels from the cob, stand an ear of corn on one end and slice the kernels off with a sharp knife. One ear will yield about 1/2 cup kernels.

 

A nonreactive bowl, pan or baking dish—stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass—is necessary when cooking with acidic foods, such as lemon, to prevent the food from reacting with the pan. Reactive pans, such as aluminum and cast-iron, can impart off colors and/or flavors.

Nutritional Information

Makes: 4 servings
  • Calories176
  • Fat7 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol63 g
  • Carbohydrates5 g
    • Dietary fiber2 g
  • Protein24 g
  • Sodium320 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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