Chicken pepian

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
450g fresh tomatillos
1 large poblano pepper (about 70-85g ), seeded and cut into 4 pieces
2 tbsp. olive oil
80g raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
5 peppercorns
2 whole allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cumin seed
1/2 tsp. salt
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
80g chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus 20g for garnish
250ml low-sodium chicken stock
1 medium (5cm) jalapeno pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
4 (175g ) boneless skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1.5cm thickness
Lime wedges
1) Preheat the broiler. Remove papery outer layer from tomatillos then rinse them in warm water to remove some of their natural stickiness. Pat dry, then cut into quarters. Toss tomatillos and poblano with 2 teaspoons of the oil, place on a baking sheet and broil until charred, about 10 minutes.

2) Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds, peppercorns, allspice, and cumin and toast until pumpkin seeds are fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

3) In same saute pan, heat 2 tsp oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

4) Place tomatillos, poblano, onions and garlic, coriander, chicken broth, jalapeno, toasted seeds and spices and salt in a blender and blend on high until totally smooth, about 30 seconds.

5) Heat the remaining 2 tsp olive oil in skillet and cook the chicken until browned on both sides and nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Add pepian sauce to skillet, covering chicken pieces. Bring to a simmer and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Serve chicken topped with sauce and garnished with coriander and lime wedges.

Per Serving

(1 serving equals 1 chicken breast and 2/3 cup sauce)

Calories 440; Total Fat 23 g; (Sat Fat 4 g, Mono Fat 6.5 g, Poly Fat 2.5 g) ; Protein 43 g; Carb 15 g; Fiber 4 g; Cholesterol 95 mg; Sodium 400 mg

Excellent source of: Protein, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium

Good source of: Fiber, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc

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