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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mexican-style Chicken Breast with my Taco Seasoning and some March Madness



I love March Madness!!!



Sadly, Duke upset by underdog Mercer ~ 
Harvard’s victory over Cincinnati ~
Stanford beat Kansas  ~ 
Dayton upset Syracuse  ~   
and so forth…

And no perfect brackets for the Warren Buffet billion-dollar bracket challenge.
First off, Louisville was underseeded
And now the craziness has happened
Louisville squares off with Kentucky
the Cards versus the Cats!
Friday night
Crazy!


Pitino can’t let it happen twice in one season!  S0…

GO LOUISVILLE
BEAT Kentucky!!!






Now, for the chicken…

Chicken breast is the star on the dinner table endless times because it’s quick to cook, economical, low in fat and calories.  We like chicken and we like Mexican-style food, so this recipe is a win win!

It's colorful too!

This is a tasty simple spicy chicken dish with salsa and my homemade taco seasoning ~ which is salt-free.  Plus, it’s on the healthy side as it’s baked, and later topped with low-fat sour cream. 



If you’re looking for a new way to prepare chicken breast, and you like Mexican cuisine, chances are you will like this also. 

It’s great served with rice ~ all the makings of a delicious meal!



Mexican-style Chicken Breast

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 cup salsa
Low-fat sour cream
Cooking spray
Shredded cheddar cheese for garnish, if desired

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place chicken breasts and seasoning in a plastic bag and shake to coat well.
Coat baking dish with cooking spray, and add chicken.
Bake 40 minutes or until no longer pink.
About 5 minutes before chicken is done, top with salsa.
Serve with sour cream.

My Taco Seasoning

If you’ve never made your own seasoning blends, I hope you give this a try.  It’s simple, easier on the budget than store-bought packets, and contains no additives, no salt.
Adjust the red pepper flakes to the amount of heat you like.
I triple the recipe, adjust to the amount you like.
Generally, use about 3 tablespoons per pound of meat.
Use sparingly, or liberally, like I do!

Keep this handy in your pantry, and you’ll never buy those seasoned packets again.  It’s easy, and good in dips, soups, sauces, veggies, and of course, taco meat!

Homemade Taco Seasoning 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons corn starch

Method:

Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl, whisk or stir well.
Store in an airtight container, it keeps indefinitely.
Yields about ¼ cup.

ENJOY!





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14 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

Delicious! As a Virginian, I'm for Virginia!! Off to Florida tomorrow for some sunshine!!

Best,
Bonnie

Nellie said...

Chicken! Such a versatile choice! This sounds quite tasty!

There have been several "upsets" with this "March Madness!" The excitement continues!

La Table De Nana said...

The taco seasoning is a plus..I just started making BBQ chicken pizza..and I think it would be delish with taco seasoning instead for a switch..

David said...

Pam, This Mexican style chicken breat dinner sounds great to me! Love Taco seasoning but I never thought about using it on a chicken breast... As for the Basketball tournament, Tennessee (where we live now)...and Michigan State...my school...are both in the hunt! Still, good luck to Louisville vs. Kentucky. It would be great to see them get knocked off! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Marguerite said...

Love Mexican food and this chicken looks fab! Merci for the great recipes and especially the Taco Seasoning.Can't wait to try them!

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

We love Mexican food and crave it from time to time. What a great idea to make your own seasonings. Your chicken sounds like a perfect meal for week nights when we crave a bit of spice.
Sam

JG said...

That's a great Taco Seasoning, Pam! The brackets look so different, now. My BC Eagles did not dance this year. I totally agree- Go Louisville over Kentucky!
~Judy

Bill Thurow said...

Go Cards!

Skin them cats!

Jenn C said...

I love making my own taco seasoning... plus it's nice to be able to limit the amount of salt in it. Most taco seasonings are just packed with salt.. Plus, homemade is always better, right? :) The chicken looks and sounds delicious.. and oh so simple to make!!

kitchen flavours said...

Delicious dish, Pam! And your taco seasoning sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing, I would love to try it one of these days!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Love those Mexican flavors in this chicken dish and we also love March Madness. Go Badgers :)

Chris said...

I whole heartedly agree. Louisville might not have been a #1 seed but they certainly weren't a #4 either. I think they just wanted to ensure that they didn't have another Witchita State/Louisville final 4 match up.

Melinda said...

There has been a lot of madness
this March!

This would good but Mr. Ken is not
a chicken fan. I bet it is good though.

M : )

The Happy Whisk said...

Love to see the Hungarian Paprika.