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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Meal Idea: Cajun Chipotle Chicken & Mango Salsa Recipe

So last night....okay wait I know you're not supposed to start a sentence off with "So" or "But", but I don't care. I couldn't think of anything to make for dinner until I remembered how badly I've been wanting to try a mango salsa. In celebration of summer I decided to try it. Sometimes when I try something new, I just open up my spice cabinet, take out a bunch of random ass spices and throw it in my dish, following my intuition on how much of each item should be thrown in. So while I have a great Cajun Chipotle Chicken and Mango Salsa to share I don't have exact amounts.  =( The good news is that my best dishes are created that way, and being the impulsive person I am I can't help but get a thrill out of throwing caution to the wind. I really recommend trying it. Let me know how it goes in the comment box below, but start with a small batch. You can pair them both with anything. I decided to make the Peruvian cilantro rice with this.

You'll want to make your Mango Salsa first, and refrigerate it.

Mango Salsa 

Ingredients:

2 medium ripe mangoes diced small 
Less than a handful of cilantro chopped thin 
1/4 of a large red onion or green onions chopped thin
1/2 red bell pepper diced thinly
3-4 tbs fresh lime juice 
1-2 tbs fresh lemon juice 
Jalapeno peppers* (optional) 

*I skipped the jalapeno since my kids were going to have some. It was a hit with the picky child!

Steps: 
  1. Chop/Dice all the ingredients.
  2. Mix together adding the mango last. 
  3. Don't over-mix it if your diced mangoes are really soft. Taste and add more lime or lemon juice to your preferences. 
Cajun Chipotle Chicken 

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts/thighs/tenderloins
  • Badia Seasoning Salt
  • Regular salt..I use Pink Himalayan salt rather than table salt.
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 6-8 cloves garlic chopped 
  • garlic powder 
  • chilli powder 
  • black pepper 
  • cayenne pepper
  • oregano
  • ginger powder
  • paprika 
  • 1/2 cup white cooking wine: I use this wine in a lot of dishes, you can be creative>>>>
The main two items you'll want to throw a lot of are (approx 2-3 tbs): 

  • McCormick's Cajun seasoning  
  • Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning 
Steps: 

  1. Mix all the ingredients in your meat. 
  2. Refrigerate meat for about 4 hrs to marinade. This is what my seasoning looked like when I was done. 
  3. Pan fry chicken on medium heat or grill. I love freedom, it's your choice =) 
Enjoy!