CILANTRO CHICKEN WITH CALIFORNIA AVOCADO AND PICKLED TOMATO SALSA

Recipe Provided By Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for the California Avocado Commission





Recipe created by chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for the California Avocado Commission.

Preparation: 4 hrs 0 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Total Time: 4 hrs 25 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4.0004 (6 oz.) boneless chicken thighs or breasts, with skin
  • 0.000 Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 0.250¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 0.250¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.0001 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1.0001 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 4.0004 scallions, trimmed
  • 0.000 Pickled Tomato Salsa (see make-ahead recipe below)
  • 2.0002 ripe Fresh California Avocados, peeled, seeded and cut in 1/2-inch dice
  • 2.0002 cup cooked brown basmati rice
  • 0.000

    Pickled Tomato Salsa

  • 1.0001 lb. tomatoes, peeled, seeded and cut in quarters
  • 0.500½ bunch scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 2.0002 Serrano chiles, with seeds, thinly sliced in rounds
  • 0.500½ cup white vinegar
  • 2.5002 ½ Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2.0002 tsp. salt
  • 4.0004 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1.0001 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2.0002 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
  • 2.0002 tsp. cracked black peppercorns
  • 2.0002 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1.0001 tsp. cayenne
  • 0.500½ tsp. turmeric
  • 0.500½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a shallow, non-reactive dish, season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper. Combine olive oil, lime juice, cilantro and cumin in a small bowl. Brush mixture on scallions and pour remainder over chicken, tossing to evenly coat. Allow to marinate at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Preheat broiler or grill. Beginning with skin side toward the heat source, broil or grill chicken until just cooked through, about 12 minutes per side for thighs and about 9 minutes per side for breasts. Grill or broil scallions about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Toss Pickled Tomato Salsa with diced avocados and reserve until chicken is cooked.
  4. To serve, arrange grilled chicken over a bed of basmati rice. Mound avocado salsa mixture on top of chicken. Garnish with grilled scallions. Serve immediately.

Pickled Tomato Salsa

  1. In a large bowl, toss tomatoes with scallions and chiles.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil. Add brown sugar and salt, and cook until dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and reserve.
  3. Measure ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, cracked peppercorns, cumin, cayenne and turmeric onto a plate and place near stove. In another medium saucepan, heat oil over moderate heat until just smoking. Add spices and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until aromas are released, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar mixture. Immediately pour over reserved tomato mixture. Stir to combine, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours or several days.
  4. Before serving, remove tomatoes from juices, roughly chop, and return to pickling liquid.

    Note: To peel tomatoes, remove the cores and score an X on the underside. Blanch for 15 seconds in boiling water and immediately plunge into iced water to prevent continued cooking. Peel with a paring knife.

Pickled Tomato Salsa may be made up to 3 days in advance and reserved until ready to use.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Nutrition information per serving

Per Serving: 640 calories; 36.5 grams fat (6.3 sat, 22 mono, 5 poly); 119 mg cholesterol; 243 mg sodium; 4.75 grams fiber