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Tex-Mex Chicken Starter Recipe

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"I developed this seasoned chicken mixture to reduce meal preparation time," writes Nancy Pease of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. "It's handy to keep in the freezer for a head start on three different meals. No one realizes they come from the same beginnings,"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons each garlic powder, ground cumin, dried coriander and dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 3 medium onions, halved and sliced into rings
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 231 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 224 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine lemon juice, oil and seasonings. Add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, bring chicken and marinade to a boil in batches. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 6 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove chicken with tongs to a large bowl.
  3. In the drippings, saute onions and garlic until onions are crisp-tender. Pour over chicken and mix well. Cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Divide mixture among three freezer containers; cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before using. Yield: 6 cups.
Originally published as Tex-Mex Chicken Starter in Quick Cooking July/August 2001, p44

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 231 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 224 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

This is a delicious and easy preparation for chicken. If I don't have time to squeeze fresh lemons, I use 1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate instead of the 1/2 cup lemon juice.

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Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

Wonderful! I keep this in my freezer all the time, and am constantly finding new ways to use the chicken--tortilla soup, chicken enchiladas, even as the basis for delicious buffalo chicken wraps. I leave out the coriander, increase the chili powder, and sometimes roasted red peppers. A real winner and a family favorite.

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