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The first recipe on this site is for a “Cilantro Chicken,” suggested by Sara Calton, a 20-year-old college student. The original recipe was found at the “Taste of Home Recipes” website.
After trying to make this chicken at a beginner’s level, a few changes were made so that the meal could be made successfully by anyone who wishes to cook it.
The official ingredients, according to “Taste of Home Recipes,” are:
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon honey
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 pound)
1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
The changes that could be made, if desired are to use any shredded cheese. What was used in the test was a mexican cheese blend.
Also, you may use as many breasts as desired. If you use less than four chicken breast halves, the same amount of ingredients will work. If you desire to make more than four breast halves, it is advised to double the amount of ingredients listed.
“The salsa you use can make or break this dish,” says Serena Snyder, a 20-year-old who tasted the dish. Make sure to use a salsa that is enjoyed by all guests. In the test, a chunky red salsa was used.
First, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
The first step the cook must make, according to “Taste of Home Recipes,” is to combine the lime juice, honey and canola oil into a shallow bowl with a spoon or whisk. Either will work for this mixture.
The second step is to crush the tortilla chips in a plastic bag. Use a dough roller or spoon to crush the tortilla chips into small pieces, but not into powder. Then place the tortilla chips in another shallow dish, according to “Taste of Home Recipes.”
Prepare a baking pan. A nine by thirteen pan will work for four chicken breast halves, but “Taste of Home Recipes” calls for an eleven inch by seven-inch baking pan.
Thirdly, dip each chicken breast half into the lime juice mixture, then dip each half into the tortilla chip pieces, coating the chicken breast half and place each half into the baking pan immediately after it is coated with tortilla chip pieces.
Once all of the chicken breast halves have been coated and placed into the baking pan, cook the chicken at, “350 degrees for 25 minutes or until juices run clear,” according to “Taste of Home Recipes.” During the test, this was not a sufficient amount of time and the chicken cooked for about 30 to 45 minutes.
While Chicken is cooking, combine the minced cilantro and salsa. Once the chicken is finished cooking, top each half with a generous amount of the salsa and cilantro mix, then top each chicken breast half with cheese.
Put the baking pan with the chicken back into the oven for another, “5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted,” according to “Taste of Home Recipes.”
Some good sides to make with this dish include: