31 July 2009

Grilled Mexican Chicken with Tomato Avocado Salsa

Where oh where have we bloggers been...out enjoying the summer months as I have been I imagine. When the sun is shining and the farmers fields are bursting, wineries are promoting and fruit stands are beckoning sitting at the computer seems to be a last resort. In these lazy, hazy days of summer quick, nurtitious and easy seems to be the order of the day. In keeping with this philosophy I came across a delicious dish over at my friend Amy's at Dinners for a Year and Beyond Here you will find delicious recipes a well as a link to her Eat Personal Chef Service. Amy says, "I love to cook. I cook for my family. I cook for my friends. I cook for my clients. And occasionally I cook for strangers."
This dish was made in a hurry, photographed in a hurry and eaten in a hurry......


**Grilled Mexican Chicken with Tomato Avocado Salsa**
For chicken

1/4 cup onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 -1/2 pounds chicken tenders

For salsa

1/3 cup onion, chopped
1 cup cucumber, chopped
2- 1/2 cups tomato, chopped
juice of 1/2 of a lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, chopped and tossed with juice of 1/2 of a lime
salt and pepper to taste
cojita cheese, for sprinkling
tortilla chips

In a small bowl combine the first 10 ingredients. Place the chicken tenders in a resealable bag and add the marinade. Seal and squish around the contents to mix well. Let chicken marinate for about an hour.

Heat a grill to medium high.

While the grill is heating, prepare the salsa. In a medium sized bowl, combine the salsa ingredients. Set aside.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and and grill for about 4 - 5 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from grill and top with the salsa and the cojita cheese. Serve with tortillas and tortilla chips.

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  2. The concept of this is very similar to my mom's favorite cooking light recipe - and given your love for cooking light, you'd probably love their version too!

  3. A wonderfully tasty and light recipe!



  4. Vall I love this type of recipe, look so tasty and nice picture!! xGloria

  5. Any salsa's a good salsa, especially when it's nice and fresh. Yum!

  6. Nice, fresh and very summery Val! Looks delicious!

  7. Do I even have to tell you that I want a big plate of this right now??? Yum :D

  8. I am really intrigued by some of the different flavors you've got going on here, Val. I'm always looking for new ways to work with chicken as we have many coming from a local farmer.

  9. AnonymousJuly 31, 2009

    Delicious and light summer meal! Grilled chicken sounds very flavorful!

  10. mmm mmm. this looks good. one hearty meal :)

  11. What a beautiful meal you prepared. With the sun, heat wave, summer, camping I do have less time to blog. Will be back in full force in the Fall :)

  12. This dish really caught my eye! It's just gorgeous. It's just so happen that I went grocery shopping today and I have just about everything I need to make this one. :0)

  13. Chicken is so versatile -- a couple of minor changes of ingredients and this recipe could be Greek, Italian, whatever. I was a little surprised by the brown sugar in the chicken seasoning but I imagine it's a good counterbalance to the other ingredients. It's the kind of meal I really enjoy.

  14. Mexican is my favorite food! This sounds delish Val....and yes summer...sigh.

  15. You have captured my heart in this one, Valli! I love it. And as always, the photos may be hurried but they are beautiful!

  16. You've got my vote - I especially like the tomato/avocado salsa - sounds fantastic.

  17. I am so glad you enjoyed your lunch!! When I made this recipe, I made extra and put the leftovers in salads and sandwiches.

  18. Beautiful summer dinner!

  19. Nice and light and summery. I love the look of that tomato avocado salsa. Yum!


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