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Welcome! My name is Anne, aka ThePharmGirl. In 2010, I successfully made 100 recipes as a New Year's Resolution to expand my culinary repertoire and cooking skills beyond the frozen microwave dinner. This blog is a continuation of my culinary journey and serves as my personal virtual recipe box. Sometimes I like to have fun-- Check out my Muppet Mania Menu, The 12 Days of Christmas, and my Musical-themed recipes.

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* Make at least 20 recipes for the Instant Pot
* Use the Spiralizer more often

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Chicken Adobo and Zucchini Fritters with Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Jeremy wanted tacos to celebrate the Mexican holiday, but we have tacos often, so I decided to go another route.  The Chicken Adobo was tasty, just on the edge of being too spicy for me and left my lips tingling a bit from the chipotles. The rice was a nice counter-balance to that.  I realized I forgot to cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces but the recipe still worked with them as whole thighs. The zucchini fritters were good.  I liked them more than Jeremy did.  They could have used a little more seasoning overall, but the Cilantro-Lime Sauce did it a big favor.

Chicken Adobo
Recipe from America's Test Kitchen: The Best Mexican Recipes
Serves 4

3 tablespoons minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon instant espresso powder (I left this out)
salt and pepper
1&1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used grapeseed oil)
1 onion, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, run in food processor until smooth
3 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro or parsley
Rice (cook according to package instructions)

Combine chipotles, garlic, oregano, espresso powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl.   Pat chicken dry with paper towels, then coat completely with chipotle mixture.  Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking.  Sear chicken until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side; transfer to a plate.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in molasses and tomatoes, and return chicken to the skillet along with any accumulated juices.    Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is fully cooked and sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve chicken over rice and spoon sauce over everything.  Sprinkle with cilantro.


Zucchini Fritters with Cilantro-Lime Sauce
Recipe from America's Test Kitchen: The Best Mexican Recipes
Serves 4 (3 fritters per serving)

1&1/2 lbs zucchini, shredded with large holes of a cheese grater
salt and pepper
6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1&1/2 cups)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
2 scallions, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup flour
2-4 tablespooons vegetable oil (I used grapeseed oil)

1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon salt and let drain in a fine-mesh strainer for 10 minutes.  Wrap zucchini in a clean dish towel and wring out excess liquid.  Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the shredded cheese, eggs, jalapeños, scallions, oregano, coriander, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cilantro.  Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir to incorporate.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Drop 1/4 cup portions of batter into skillet and use the back of a flipper to press into ~3-inch-wide fritters.  You should be able to fit 6 fritters in one pan.  Cook until well browned and slightly crispy, about 5 minutes per side.  Repeat with remaining batter.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve warm with the cilantro-lime sauce.