Sonora Chicken Salad
- Yield: 4 servings
- Sonoran Spiced Blue Corn Chicken
- 4-- boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 3/4 pounds)
- 4teaspoons light olive oil, divided use
- 1/2cup finely crushed blue corn tortilla chips
- 2tablespoons finely chopped pepitas (raw pumpkin seed kernels)
- 1 1/2teaspoons ground cumin
- 1teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
- 1teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2teaspoon garlic pepper
- 1/2teaspoon chili powder blend
- 1/2teaspoon coarse salt
- Jicama Avocado Toss
- 3/4cup diced seeded tomatoes
- 3tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
- 2tablespoons minced red onions
- 1tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1teaspoon light olive oil
- 1teaspoon finely minced jalapeno pepper
- 1/4teaspoon seasoned pepper
- 1/4teaspoon coarse salt (or to taste)
- 3/4cup diced peeled jicama
- 1small ripe, firm Hass avocado, peeled and chopped
- Garnish, as desired
- -- fresh cilantro
- -- pepitas
- small red, green and orange chile peppers
Pat chicken dry; lightly spread 1/4 teaspoon oil over each chicken breast. Combine crushed corn chips, pepitas, cumin, cocoa, oregano, sugar, garlic pepper, chili powder and salt; mix well. Place on a flat plate; dredge chicken pieces in mixture to coat well.
Heat remaining oil (3 teaspoons) in a large (12-inch) oven-proof skillet. Place chicken in skillet, presentation side down. Cook over medium to medium-high heat about 5 minutes, turning once, or until coating crisps. To finish, place skillet in preheated 425F oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Meanwhile prepare jicama avocado toss: In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, cilantro, onions, lemon juice, oil, jalapenos, seasoned pepper and salt; mix well. Just before serving add jicama and avocados; toss gently and adjust seasonings, if desired.
Place chicken on serving platter; top or serve with jicama avocado toss. Garnish with cilantro, pepitas and chile peppers, as desired. Serves 4.