We have this chicken we need to cook and I need some meals for the upcoming week since I have such a nutty schedule these days. I work mornings some days, afternoons most days, and evenings a couple of days. So I have to make sure I have food that is ready or near-ready so I don’t spend all my time making food when I’m rushed in the mornings.
So I get to thinking about the chicken and what I could do with it. I had just ready someon else’s blog post about chicken tacos so I let that run around in my head. I wanted to use ingredients that we already had so I looked in the fridge. Not much. 1 red pepper and some mushrooms. Sounded good though with some onions, until I smelled the mushrooms. Ok. Peppers and onions and I found some zucchini that I would add at the last minute.
I was going to make a sauce for the chicken when my wife reminded me that we had some Rick Bayless Tomatillo-Cilantro sauce for shrimp and seafood. Chicken counts, doesn’t it? So I decided to use it as the final sauce.
So the point here is that there really isn’t a recipe, that I’m just putting stuff together and it’s pretty darn easy.
I made a marinade for the chicken:
Oil – about ¾ c. maybe
Lime Juice – two limes
Salt and Pepper
I put the cubed chicken and the marinade in a plastic bag and let it sit for 30 min.
I started the potatoes and some onions in one pan and seasoned as I went. The potatoes had already been partially boiled so I knew it wouldn’t take forever.
Cooked the onions and red pepper til soft and removed from pan.
Cooked the chicken in the same frying pan to sear it. Wasn’t really successful with searing but the chicken WAS cooked just not crispy brown like I was hoping.
I added the RBTC sauce and the zucchini and a little water and let it cook for about 10 min. Seasoned with some salt and pepper and we had a delicious meal. And it was easy!
Go get inspired and just cook something from your heart. Forget the recipes (sometimes!) and just see what comes up.