IT’S CILANTRO SEASON! That means 2 things. One, endless guacamole. I don’t need to tell you why that is awesome. Two, the easiest, tastiest way to prepare chicken using the cilantro you may or may not (no judgement) have grown in your garden. This awesome cookbook was given to me by my brother and sister-in-law for my birthday a few years ago. I looked at the title and I thought, “What are they trying to tell me?” But it is awesome and easy. And VERY well balanced. If you don’t have it, check it out. This recipe has 6 ingredients. SIX!!!! (I didn’t count the optional one; I can read). Add a few sides and BAM!
- 1 cup packed fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup unsalted roasted cashews (I usually use salted cashews and leave out the salt)
- 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 tsp salt (see above)
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Juice of 1 Lime
- Crushed red-pepper flakes (optional).
Add the stock slowly while you continue to blend. **Note it is hard to take a picture while adding stock and pressing the buttons. I am not an octopus!
EASIEST MEAL EVER! And yes, my kids eat it!
Approximate Nutritional Stats:
- 4 servings
- 230 Calories (with 1/2 cup of rice and 1/2 cup peas approximate 400 calories)
- 26g Protein
- 7g Carbohydrates
- 9g Fat (probably more because I switched the original recipe from breasts to thighs)
- 2g Saturated Fat (see above)
- 65mg cholesterol
- 340mg sodium
- 1g Fiber
Side Note: So every evening while I prepare dinner a dance party starts in the kitchen. It is a dance party for one, which are sometimes (OK, a lot of the times) the best. My hubby rolls in around 6pm most nights and luckily for me, Wild Kratts is on at 5pm. THANK YOU PBS! An hour of cooking and music is my usual nightly routine. It brings a smile to my face (so I’m not pissed about the 1000x I told Leo NOT to sit on his brother’s face), allows me to regroup from the day, and puts me in a better mood. And who doesn’t want to walk into the house with music blaring and your wife practicing her “Pop, Lock and Drop it?” That part isn’t necessarily true, but dancing is a GREAT core workout not to mention, always good for the butt!
Sally’s Dinner Dance Party Playlist:
- Busta Move – Young MC
- Hey Ya! – OutKast
- No Diggity – Blackstreet
- Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
- Low (feat. T-Pain) – Flo Rida
- Groove is in the Heart – Dee-Lite