Verdant Zest: A Journey Through Citrus-Infused Salsa Verde Chicken


Picture tender chicken breasts basking in a vibrant, tangy salsa verde, with citrusy undertones harmoniously dancing with the fresh herbal notes of cilantro and parsley. The salsa's green tomatillos and jalapeños offer a subtle heat that awakens the palate. As this dish simmers, the kitchen fills with an aroma that promises a feast that's both comforting and exhilarating.

Verdant Zest: A Journey Through Citrus-Infused Salsa Verde Chicken

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

This recipe yields 4 generous servings, with each serving size ideal at approximately 250 grams.

Essential Nutritional Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Proteins: 27 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 15 grams
  • Fats: 18 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Sodium: 420 mg

Ingredients, Measured in Grams

  • Chicken breasts, skinless, boneless (4 pieces, 600g total)
  • Tomatillos, husked and rinsed (500g)
  • Yellow onion, finely chopped (100g)
  • Garlic cloves, minced (20g)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (30g)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (30g)
  • Jalapeños, seeded and chopped (40g)
  • Lime juice, freshly squeezed (30ml)
  • Olive oil (45ml)
  • Ground cumin (5g)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. On a baking sheet, toss tomatillos and jalapeños with olive oil, salt, and roast for 20 minutes until softened.
  3. Blend the roasted veggies with garlic, cilantro, parsley, lime juice, and cumin until smooth.
  4. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then sear until golden.
  5. Pour the salsa verde over the chicken, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Uncover and bake for another 10 minutes for a slightly reduced and thicker sauce.
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • For deeper flavors, marinate the chicken in some salsa verde for an hour before cooking.
  • Char tomatillos and jalapeños on an open flame for a smoky twist.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead? A: Absolutely! Chicken thighs will bring more juiciness and flavor to the dish.
  • Q: How can I make the dish spicier? A: Incorporate more jalapeños or add a pinch of chili flakes to the salsa verde.