Monday, August 26, 2013

Chile Basil Cauliflower and Chicken

Hey guys! I wanted to share this yummy- and pretty- recipe with you that I made the other day.

I say it is pretty, because I have always loved bright contrasts in food colors. In this recipe, this is done by pairing Chile powder with cauliflower. The brightness spreads throughout the florets and dulls a bit as you cook it, obviously, but when you first add it to the vegetables in the pan, the colors are shocking and very much appealing to the eye.

I also did this when I sprinkled a bit of Chile powder on some avocado, as shown in my Facebook background picture.

Chile Basil Cauliflower and Chicken 
Yields 2 servings 

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (about 2 chicken breasts)
1 TSP+ 1/2 TBSP Chile powder (separated)
1/4 cup unsalted chicken or vegetable stock
1 TSP garlic powder
2 TBSP fresh chopped basil + 1 TSP (separated)
1 TSP ground black pepper
1/4 small onion, diced
1/2 head cauliflower (or about 1 frozen package, thawed)
1/2 head broccoli (or about 1 frozen package, thawed)
1 TBSP coconut oil

1) Gather your chicken and prepare your marinade. For the marinade, combine 2 TBSP fresh basil, chicken stock, 1 TSP Chile powder, and garlic powder together. Cover, and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

2) Melt your coconut oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes.

3) Add the cauliflower and saute for about 4 minutes. Then, add the 1/2 TBSP of Chile powder and mix. (My crummy photography skills don't show the beauty of the colors!)

4) Add the broccoli and saute for another 4 minutes or so.

5) At this point, made room for your chicken and put it in the pan, along with any marinade. you may also need to add around 1/4 cup of water.

6) Cook meat about 3 minutes on each side, or until somewhat cooked.

7) Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook another 5 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked and vegetables are tender.

 8) Add the rest of the fresh basil and black pepper, mix in and allow a few minutes for the flavors to come out. Enjoy!

What color combinations are prettiest to you in foods ?


1 comment:

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