Mexican Chicken With Pineapple Salsa

January 17, 2012 

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Mexican Chicken With Pineapple Salsa

A pineapple salsa adds a crisp, fresh flavor to chicken breasts. Adding diced pineapple cubes to store-bought chunky tomato salsa adds a sweet punch to the prepared salsa.

The chicken is marinated for a few minutes, giving it an added boost of flavor. You can also omit this step and simply saute the chicken and serve the salsa on top. The poblano peppers, called ancho peppers when dried, give the rice dish its zing. They are medium-hot. Jalapeno peppers can be used instead. Use 2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers.


3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets, thin sliced

2 medium garlic cloves, crushed

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

3/4 cup fresh pineapple, coarsely chopped

3/4 cup no-sugar-added tomato salsa

1 teaspoon canola oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Rub chicken with garlic and place in a self-seal bag with the orange juice. Let marinate while preparing the remaining ingredients for the meal, about 10 minutes.

Mix pineapple and tomato salsa together and set aside. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a small, nonstick skillet. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Brown in skillet for 2 minutes, turn and brown second side. A meat thermometer should read 165 degrees. Salt and pepper both sides. Place on 2 dinner plates and serve salsa on top. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 279 calories (23 percent from fat), 7.1 g fat (1.2 g saturated, 2.8 g monounsaturated), 108 mg cholesterol, 38.0 g protein, 15.0 g carbohydrates, 2.1 g fiber, 600 mg sodium. Poblano Rice


1 package microwave brown rice (1 1/2-cups cooked)

2 tablespoons seeded, chopped poblano pepper

2 teaspoons canola oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Microwave rice according to package instructions. Measure 1 1/2 cups rice and reserve remaining rice for another time. Add the pablano pepper and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss well.

Per serving: 225 calories (28 percent from fat), 7.1 g fat (0.7 g saturated, 3.6 g monounsaturated), no mg cholesterol, 4.0 g protein, 30.3 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g fiber, 12 mg sodium.

From: Linda Gassenheimer, author of "The Flavors of the Florida Keys" and "Mix 'n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes."

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