Garlicky Mexican Chicken with Ancho Peppers and Crispy Polenta

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 221.9
  • Total Fat: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 65.7 mg
  • Sodium: 537.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 20.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 29.2 g

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Submitted by: BELLATROTTA
Garlicky Mexican Chicken with Ancho Peppers and Crispy Polenta

Introduction

4 Points. This traditional Mexican-inspired dish is deliciously different. We love the use of polenta in place of tortillas. 4 Points. This traditional Mexican-inspired dish is deliciously different. We love the use of polenta in place of tortillas.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
    1/8 oz cilantro, fresh, plus more for garnish (about 2 sprigs)
    4 large garlic clove(s), not peeled
    2 dried ancho pepper(s), stems removed and seeds shaken out
    1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
    1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp table salt
    1/2 cup uncooked cornmeal, to make polenta
    2 sprays cooking spray
    6 medium radishes, red, sliced
    2 medium scallion(s), sliced

Directions

Place chicken in a single layer in a large nonstick skillet and cover with water. Add cilantro sprigs and 1 clove of garlic. Cook chicken breasts over medium heat until no longer pink in center, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and let cool; reserve liquid.


Shred cooled chicken and set aside. Pour reserved cooking liquid into a bowl and add ancho peppers. Cover and soak peppers about 10 minutes.


Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add remaining garlic cloves and roast in pan, turning frequently, until blackened in spots. Remove to a small bowl and when cool enough to handle, peel garlic.


Place peppers, garlic, tomato sauce and cumin in jar of a blender and blend on high until smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. Pour mixture into a saucepan, add chicken and heat through.


To make polenta, bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil; add salt. Slowly add cornmeal, stirring until smooth, about 6 to 8 minutes.


Coat a 9 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray and pour polenta into pan. Smooth with a spatula. Allow polenta to firm up, about 1 to 2 minutes. Cut into 4 slices and remove from pan. Place polenta slices in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray. Cook on both sides until crispy, about 2 to 4 minutes per side.


To serve, place one slice of polenta on a plate and top with 3/4 cup of chicken mixture. Garnish with cilantro, radishes and scallions.



Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BELLATROTTA.





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