Fret no more! This recipe is just for those days. It's super simple and involves a total of six very common seasonings, which includes a lemon, your salt, pepper and olive oil! Kick boring to the curb. This chicken's days are numbered.
"No More Bore" Chicken
2-3 chicken breasts, sliced in half width-wise to form cutlets
1 bunch fresh spinach, cut from stems
1/2 package grape or cherry tomatoes, washed (about 25, if you want an exact number!)
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
1 package microwaveable frozen brown rice
1/2 cup salsa, any kind
1/4 cup shredded cheese, any kind
Crushed red pepper
Salt & pepper (I prefer to use grinders)
EVOO or organic coconut oil
1.) Slice up your lemons, halves work fine.
2.) Set out all your seasonings so they are handy throughout the recipe.
3.) Melt about 2tsps of the coconut oil (or heat your olive oil) in a large sautee pan over medium-high heat then add sliced onions. Let them sweat and begin to brown slightly, about 6-8 minutes.
4.) Meanwhile, place your chicken cutlets between two sheets of wax paper and use the meat pounder to whack each piece a few times to thin them out (be sure not to jiggle breakables off the counter in the process!).
5.) Add your tomatoes to the onions, adjusting heat as necessary to ensure they begin to breakdown a bit within a few minutes.
6.) Place your cut & washed spinach in another large pan, with a drizzle of olive oil or 2 tsps of coconut oil. Season with juice from 1/2 lemon, a smattering of sea salt and two shakes of garlic powder. Cook over medium-high heat for no more than 10 minutes, leaves will wilt down but you want to take them off the burner before they lose all of their bright green color.
7.) Add your chicken cutlets to the tomato & onion mix. Season with juice from a full lemon and sprinkle with desired amount of salt, pepper, garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes.
8.) When the opaque whiteness begins to creep toward the middle of the chicken, it's time to flip. (I like mine a little caramelized and browned.)
9.) While chicken is cooking, microwave your rice (about 4 minutes). Pour into a bowl and mix with the cheese and salsa.
10.) Time to plate! Spoon out a palette of rice and top with two pieces of chicken, tomatoes, onion and a bit of juice from the pan. Add a side of spinach, then squeeze remaining lemon half evenly over your plates to add a bit of fresh zest.
Enjoy your non-boring chicken dinner!