Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Sweet Chili Chicken and Pineapple Salsa

Summer-themed cooking continues!  To me, nothing says summer better than some slightly sweet, slightly spicy chicken with a fresh salsa.  This dinner is fairly quick to make, and there aren't too many steps to get a yummy end result that doesn't have your typical flavors!

Summer Sweet Chili Chicken:

Chicken Breast- slice in half, so the thickness is reduced
Sweet Red Chili Sauce (I like to use the one by A Taste of Thai)

Pour oil in sautee pan, heat on low heat.  Slice chicken breat to reduce the thickness of each piece so the pieces don't get overcooked and tough.  If necessary, pound pieces to make them even thinner. Brush each piece of the chicken with Chili Sauce- then salt/pepper each side of chicken.  Place in pan and cover.  Add more chili sauce as necessary while cooking- cooking should take about 7-10 minutes, depending on thickness of the chicken.  Cook until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

Pineapple Salsa:

Fresh pineapple chunks (or you can use canned, to save time)
Cilantro, chopped
1 Lime, juiced (or lime juice)
Red onion, very thinly sliced, and cut in half

Separate the onion slices so you have individual pieces, and not rings.  Place in bowl, add a handful of chopped cilantro and mix to combine.  Add fresh pineapple chunks (if you are using canned, be sure to drain the juice out first) and squeeze lime juice on top.  Stir, and place in fridge for 10-20 minutes for flavors to meld.

Serve chicken with the pineapple salsa, and if desired, more Chili Sauce for dipping.  Alongside this I just made a quick package of Near East cous cous- they are my favorite brand of packaged cous cous to use- they have amazing flavors and a package takes only 5 minutes to cook up!

See- easy, quick and flavorful!  You don't need a ton of ingredients or a lot of time to create a dinner that's healthy, summery, and pleasing to the eye!

Happy Cooking, and even Happier Eating!

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