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Chicken with Chorizo and Tomato Salsa

Photo: Justin Walker
Hands-on time 33 mins
Total time 33 mins
Yield

Serves 4

We add smoky Mexican pork chorizo, quickly seared, to a fresh tomato salsa for a little extra heat. Chicken breast halves cook in the chorizo drippings for even more flavor.

Mexican pork chorizo is a smoky sausage that boosts the flavor of lean chicken breast. In this fast Mexican-inspired chicken dish, we add chorizo, quickly seared, to a fresh tomato salsa for a little extra heat. If you can't find chorizo, look for spicy turkey sausage instead. Queso fresco is a crumbly salty Mexican cheese that doesn't melt easily. If you want stringy melted cheese instead, opt for Monterey Jack. Shred it on top of the chicken before serving.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Mexican pork chorizo
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 296
  • Fat 12.3 g
  • Satfat 4.3 g
  • Monofat 5.6 g
  • Polyfat 1.9 g
  • Protein 40 g
  • Carbohydrate 4 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Cholesterol 133 mg
  • Iron 1 mg
  • Sodium 455 mg
  • Calcium 58 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Place chorizo in a bowl (do not wipe out pan). Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt, black pepper, and cumin seeds. Add oil to drippings in pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan.

  2. Add tomato to pan; cook 3 minutes. Add tomato, cilantro, onion, juice, and jalapeño to chorizo, stirring to combine. Place 1 chicken breast half on each of 4 plates; top with 2 tablespoons chorizo mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese.

Cook's Notes

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