Chicken Breast With Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

READY IN: 35mins




  • Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet or baking pan and roast tomatillos and jalapeno or chilies under a hot broiler, 4 inches or so from the heat source, 3 to 4 minutes, or until they are blistered and splotchy brown with, maybe, a few black spots. Turn them and roast on the other side. Cool, then transfer tomatillos and chilies to a food processor fitted with the metal blade or blender along with any of the juices on the pan. Process or puree until smooth.
  • Meanwhile, over medium heat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring, about 6 minutes until golden brown. Raise heat to medium high, add tomatillo puree and cook 3 minutes until sauce darkens and is very thick. Add broth, brown sugar and 1/4 cup cilantro. Stir, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Set sauce aside.
  • Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat in an oven-proof skillet large enough to hold chicken in one layer. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook 5 minutes until skin is richly browned. Turn and cook on bone side 2 minutes or so. Remove chicken from pan and pour out all but 1 tablespoon fat. Add tomatillo sauce and bring to a simmer. Nestle chicken pieces, skin side up, in the sauce, place in preheated 375-degree oven and bake 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked. (Check with point of a small knife near the bone to make sure chicken is cooked through.)
  • Place one piece of chicken in each of four shallow bowls, spoon sauce around, top with crema or queso fresco and sprinkle remaining cilantro over.