Chicken With Tomatillos and Cilantro

If you've never cooked with tomatillos, this is a great place to start! This is a close adaptation from Steven Raichlen's "Big Flavor Cookbook" (great book!), and has been a favorite as it is fresh, easy to make, adaptable, and lower in calories and fats. I've served it on rice as well as in tortillas. It can be made ahead to reheat, and has contemporary feel in its fresh flavors. I like to use skinned, deboned chicken thighs, although Mr. Raichlen uses breasts.

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  • Roast husked, rinsed tomatillos in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until browned on all sides and soft (about 8-10 minutes)- use tongs to turn.
  • Transfer tomatillos to food processor and coarsely grind.
  • Wash and dry chicken, season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Saute onions, scallions and jalapeno in olive oil until soft- approximately 4 minutes.
  • Increase heat to high and add chicken, cooking until lightly seared, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Still in tomatillo, lime juice, and sugar, and simmer until done.
  • Stir in cilantro and cook for one minute.
  • Correct seasoning, adding salt or sugar to taste.
  • Serve with rice or tortillas.
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"If you've never cooked with tomatillos, this is a great place to start! This is a close adaptation from Steven Raichlen's "Big Flavor Cookbook" (great book!), and has been a favorite as it is fresh, easy to make, adaptable, and lower in calories and fats. I've served it on rice as well as in tortillas. It can be made ahead to reheat, and has contemporary feel in its fresh flavors. I like to use skinned, deboned chicken thighs, although Mr. Raichlen uses breasts."
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  1. cookiedog
    I made this exactly as written and we both loved it! Healthy and delicious!
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  2. tinebean21
    Very good chicken dish. I also added a little garlic and about 1/2 tsp of cumin. I served it with rice and like others, didn't find it very spicy. Thank you :)
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  3. Nado2003
    Very good and very easy. I might have put too much lime juice because I just used a whole large lime and it was tangy. Thank you.
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  4. nsomniak6
    I needed to do something with the tomatillos that I had grown but never cooked. This recipe looked too simple to be all that good, but it was fabulous! Unfortunately I can't help myself and I have to make alterations, but I don't think they were necessary. I added about a 1/2 tsp cumin to the onion mixture and I added a couple of garlic cloves before the chicken. The flavor is surprisingly complex for being so simple. Thanks for posting!
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  5. iluvlucy
    Made this to use my tomatillos from the garden and even though I didn't have enough it was great! I'm going to make this again tonight. Thanks for posting.
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