Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pollo con Mojo de Ajo

Don't be afraid. It just sounds fancy. It's not. Promise.

It's simple and quick and oh yeah, it's Garlic Chicken.

Not all-up-in-your-face Garlic Chicken, but a nice muted but not quite subtle Garlic Chicken. A very simple profile of flavors which all come together nicely and really make a basic piece of chicken shine.

Which is a good thing. Blah chicken is just so, well, blah. Pair this with some Mexi Rice and you're golden.

Pollo con Mojo de Ajo
Adapted from: Cooking Light, January 2005

4 (4 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3/4 cup fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
4 lime wedges

Line a work surface with plastic wrap. Lay the chicken breasts in a single layer across it and cover with a second piece of plastic wrap. Pound chicken to a 1/2-inch thickness. Remove plastic wrap and sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken and cook for 6 minutes on each side, or until done. Transfer chicken to a plate and keep warm.

Reduce heat to medium-low. Melt the butter in the pan. Add garlic, cooking for 1 minute, taking care not to brown it. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Scrape the pan to loosen any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring frequently, until broth mixture has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lime juice.

Serve chicken topped with 2 tablespoons sauce, sprinkled with cilantro, and a lime wedge.

Serves: 4

So, double score on working on two of my goals for the year -- take that #4 (serve more sides) and #5 (clean out my Google Reader starred items).

It's been so long since I've actually made a straight-chicken-no-frills dish. No, really, I can't remember the last time. I have to admit, it was kind of a nice change. Even the hubby, you know, the one who begged me forever ago to stop with all the chicken dishes, gave it two thumbs up.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 181g
Amount per serving
Calories 280Calories from fat 132
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14.7g23%
Saturated Fat 4.8g24%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 351mg15%
Total Carbs 2.3g1%
Protein 33.3g
Vitamin A 3%Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 3%Iron 8%


  1. Mmmm, there can never be too much garlic in my world :) The lime juice also sounds fantastic with it, I think I'll have to give this one a try.

  2. This sounds fantastic, especially with a Corona and a lime with it. :-)

  3. This sounds like it's packed with flavor!! Such a great way to spruce up boring chicken ;)

  4. Wow this looks absolutely delicious, I love the flavors! Your pictures are gorgeous as well :)

  5. I just love the flavors in this dish! I must make it soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. I cannot stand not flavored chicken. I need some jazzed up recipes. This looks like one of those recipes. I cannot wait to try it out.

  7. I love garlic chicken, and Cooking Light almost never lets me down. This looks moist and delicious.

  8. Oh I like how simple this is! I am adding this to my weeknight chicken rotation. :)

  9. I do need more recipes to unblah my chicken. Thats the problem though, I always just think of chicken and blah. This does look simple annnd tasty! Thanks for the inspiration. ;)



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