Braised Chicken with Cilantro, Mint, and Chiles

by Food Hound on September 16, 2013

in Main Dishes, Meat

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I am not one to fall in love with food described as ‘light and refreshing,’ unless we are talking about cocktails (then come to Mama).  A normal salad could be considered light and refreshing until I get a hold of it and junk it up with things like bacon, avocado, and pecan vinaigrette.  It’s not that I don’t love light and refreshing food, it’s just that I prefer to find some butter or cream or bacon or cheese tucked in there somewhere.

This recipe peaked my interest because I love love love cilantro and fresh mint, and I am dipping my toes into the world of fresh chiles.  I hit the jackpot when I saw that the braising sauce involved cream.

Let’s recap: chicken braised in a creamy, herby, zesty sauce.  J-A-C-K-P-O-T!

This is the point in the post where I want to shout from the rooftops that this is kid-friendly because it is.  It’s totally not too spicy (and that comes from someone whose spiciness threshold is a single RedHot), but just enough that the peeps in your family who like their food with a kick will be utterly satisfied.  The reason I won’t shout ‘kid-friendly’ from the rooftops is that it’s green.  I was blessed with a kid who cares not about color, only about taste, which is because God knew I would have multiple daily breakdowns if my child only liked foods that belong in the beige, ecru, and parchment family.  So to parents of ‘selective eaters,’ I salute you and would support erecting a monument in your honor.  When the color green can finally grace your child’s plate, look no further than this dish.

I wanted nothing more than to grab an entire baguette (just for me) and use it to sop up all the leftover sauce in my bowl.  But if I ate baguette every time I wanted it, I’d have eaten 5 today already and would be exchanging my tri outfit (gahhh!  6 days till race day!!) for elastic-waisted mom jeans, so as an alternative, I made eggplant bruschetta as a side dish.  Um, it was amazing.  Next post, I promise!

Stay creamy, herby, and zesty!

Braised Chicken with Cilantro, Mint, and Chiles
 
Adapted from Food and Wine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 T ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 cup packed cilantro, plus leaves for garnish
  • ½ cup packed mint leaves
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 poblano chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ c low-sodium chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Rub the chicken all over with the coriander and season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large Dutch oven or enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken and cook over high heat, turning occasionally, until browned on each side, about 3 minutes per side.
  3. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the 1 cup of cilantro with the mint, onion, poblanos and jalapeño and blend until finely chopped. Add the cream, chicken broth, and ½ tsp salt. Puree until smooth.
  4. Pour the green sauce over the chicken and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over moderately low heat until the chicken is cooked through, 10-15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chicken with cilantro and serve.

 

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