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Chicken Fiesta

December 22, 2010

This recipe is good even if the name is tacky.

It’s not really a fiesta.  It’s just another chicken recipe…but it’s really good and really easy to make.

So that’s something to celebrate right?

First the whole cilantro debate.  The food channel keeps telling me that either you love it or you hate it.  There’s no in between.

Really?  so you can’t kinda like it?   bull crap!  of course you can.  If you really have decided that you hate it then it’s probably because someone gave you too much.  Too much of any herb can be a slap in the face.    Stick with me and just try it one more time. I promise I’ll be gentle.

Now that we have that settled, let’s get on with the recipe.

First get your ingredients together.

2 cans of kidney beans ( I used 1 1/2 cups dried beans)

2 small limes zested and juiced (save juice for later)

Ginger grated (about a 1 inch piece) (I freeze ginger which makes it easier to grate and it lasts forever in the freezer)

hot peppers chopped (optional I guess:)

1 large red onion diced

2 red peppers sliced

3 large chicken breasts sliced into large pieces

1 tbsp olive oil

2 red peppers sliced

2 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp soy sauce

juice of 2 limes

1 small bunch of cilantro

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan.  Add chicken, ginger, hot peppers and lime zest.  Stir and gently cook for about 7 min.  Add onions and red peppers and sauté for another 8-10 min.

Add lime juice, soy sauce, sugar and cilantro.  Continue cooking while stirring until chicken is cooked and sauce is thickened.

Add kidney beans and serve alone or with brown rice and crusty bread.

This is a high protein meal with complex (the good kind) carbs coming from the kidney beans.   The bread adds more carbohydrates but if you’re trying to cut back then stick with just the beans and add a side salad.

Do you love, hate or kinda like cilantro?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:16 am

    I’m a lover

  2. MOM permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:29 am

    I love it too. But Mark hates it.

  3. Brenda Sanford permalink
    December 23, 2010 10:07 am

    I love getting your recipes everyday. I enjoy the humorous way you write. The pictures are great, too. The one showing the view of the ocean from the balcony made me want to fly away and join you. The food always looks yummy. I’m printing all your recipes and trying them one-by-one. They’re terrific! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

    • December 23, 2010 4:16 pm

      Thanks Brenda!! that’s nice to hear since often I wonder if I’m all alone floating aimlessly in internet purgatory. hehe Send me an an email and let me know how you all are. xx

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