Introducing Aztec Chicken: A Flavorful, Hearth-Cooked Dish
Welcome, friends! Today I’d like to share with you an old family favorite: Aztec Chicken. It’s an easy dish to make, packed with flavor and unique ingredients, and perfect for your next family gathering or potluck supper.
A Worldly Mix of Ingredients
My mom taught me to make this dish, and her recipe was inspired by a combination of Mexican and Spanish influences. The base of the recipe consists of chicken breasts and thighs, but where it truly shines is in its use of unique ingredients. A combination of chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeño peppers and spices give the dish an unparalleled flavor. I also like to add a freshly squeezed lime, which gives the chicken just the right amount of tartness.
Easy Preparation and Cooking Directions
As someone who has never been a master chef in the kitchen, I especially appreciate the intuitive preparation of this dish. The steps are straightforward, and there’s nothing complicating that could turn the recipe into a daunting endeavor.
Here’s what you will need:
• 2 pounds of chicken pieces
• 1 can of diced tomatoes
• ½ cup of chopped onions
• 1 minced jalapeño pepper
• 3 minced garlic cloves
• 2 teaspoons of chili powder
• 1 teaspoon of cumin
• 1 teaspoon of oregano
• 1 freshly squeezed lime
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
Bringing It All Together: The Cooking Process
Now that you have all your ingredients gathered and prepped, the cooking process is a breeze.
Begin by heating the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes or until browned on each side.
Next, add in your diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Give everything a stir and let it cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Lastly, reduce the heat to low and let the dish simmer. Add in some freshly squeezed lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Let the flavors meld together for about 20 minutes, and you’re done!
The Perfect Companion to a Mexican Fiesta
This dish always manages to bring a smile to my face. Not only is the flavor impressive, it’s also easy to make, and packed with vibrant colors and aromas. I love adding a side of freshly cooked rice to finish it off, and some freshly chopped onions, tomatoes and avocado for a delicious sprinkle of freshness.
Your friends and family will love it! Give Aztec Chicken a try and let us know how it turns out for you.