Grilled Chicken Salsa Verde

Go green! Tomatillo salsa is an eye-catching, tasty topper to marinated chicken breasts.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 8 hr 50 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 12

Ingredients

2
tablespoons olive oil
5
large cloves garlic, halved
1
small white onion, quartered, separated
1 1/2
lb tomatillos (about 13)
3
medium to large jalapeño chiles, seeded
1/2
cup loosely packed fresh cilantro (10 to 15 sprigs)
2
teaspoons salt
1
teaspoon sugar
1
teaspoon ground cumin
12
boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4 1/2 lb)
  • 1 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic and onion; cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until evenly roasted.
  • 2 Remove husks and rinse tomatillos well. Core top stem area of each; cut tomatillos into quarters. In large food processor, place roasted garlic and onion, tomatillos, jalapeño chiles, cilantro, 1 teaspoon of the salt and the sugar. Cover; process about 15 seconds or until almost smooth.
  • 3 Pour 2 cups mixture into small serving bowl; cover and refrigerate to use as salsa. To make marinade, add remaining 1 teaspoon salt and the cumin to remaining mixture in food processor. Cover; process 10 seconds.
  • 4 Place 6 chicken breasts in each of 2 gallon-size resealable freezer plastic bags; divide marinade between bags. Seal bags; shake to evenly distribute marinade and coat chicken. Refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours; turn bags over at least once while marinating.
  • 5 Take salsa, bags of chicken, tongs, metal spatula and a serving platter to potluck. Salsa should be room temperature when served with grilled chicken.
  • 6 Heat gas or charcoal grill. Carefully brush oil on grill rack. Place chicken on grill over medium heat; discard marinade. Cover grill; cook 12 to 15 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F), turning once. Serve each chicken breast with about 2 tablespoons salsa.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    250
    (
    Calories from Fat
    80),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    8g
    8%
    (Saturated Fat
    2g,
    2%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    105mg
    105%;
    Sodium
    490mg
    490%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    5g
    5%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    2g
    2%
    ),
    Protein
    38g
    38%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    20%;
    Calcium
    2%;
    Iron
    10%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 5 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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