Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo

I love salsa.  Anyone who knows me knows this!  Funny thing is, I didn't like it until I was 18!!  I worked at Chili's and used to eat the tortilla chips dry.  YUCK!  Then when I moved to Ohio, there was a restaraunt called Del Rio!  They had THE BEST salsa!  I was too young and niave to know that when I asked them flat out for their recipe they wouldn't actually give it to me.  But I was young and flirted with the bar tender, and he finally said, "Tell me what ingredients you use and I'll tell you if we use that."
That is how I found the key ingredient ~ FRESH CILANTRO!!!!!

I love the colors of the salsa before they're all mixed in!  Bright red, deep green, bright white!

Tonight I made Picante Chicken.  It's sooooo easy!
4 medium Boneless skinless chicken breast - flattened with mallet or wooden rolling in.
1 1/4 cup salsa/picante
6 TBSP fat free cream cheese - room temperature
1/2 cup skim or low fat cheddar cheese or cheddar jack

Turn over to 350 degrees
Spread 1/3 cup salsa/picante over sprayed 9x13" pan
Spread cream cheese over smooth sided chicken breasts and place in salsa'd pan
Cover with remaining 1/2 cup salsa/picante
Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes
Remove foil sprinkle cheese evenly over chicken.
Bake 15 minutes more. 

I served with Bushes Season's Black Beans and chips with my homemade salsa.  Total calories - 398 calories!  The kids and hubby really liked it.  Kids, not so much on the black beans, though.  But I loved it!

1 comment:

Kathi said...

Looks like a wonderful dinner! I love homeade salsa it is the best! can't wait to make it with fresh homeamde tomatoes!