The Crazy Suburban Mom: What's in the pantry today? Pole Dancing Stripper chicken breasts a La Stealth

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Friday, May 1, 2009

What's in the pantry today? Pole Dancing Stripper chicken breasts a La Stealth

I love Mexican food. Tex-mex. Thai. Indian. Until recently none of them crossed my cookware because it broke a variety of the picky eater commandments . But in the last year or so my son discovered Chipotle and my world has forever changed.

Bring on the peppers!

Granted, he only eats one thing there but I'm good with that... and I can make a reasonable version at home.

What he orders are soft tacos filled with a spicy chicken, and lime rice. I won't go so far to say it's a clone. It's not. Or maybe it is, I have no idea, I've never eaten there... But it makes my kid happy. It makes me happy and it's way cheaper than eating in a restaurant.

The down side is the person I chose to spend my life with won't eat it. No 'picy food there. None. Zero. Zip. Nada.

So that's a big drag but like the saying goes...you can have anything, but you can't have everything.

I looked around the kitchen today and had the makings of the spicy chicken. I've made it different from time to time. I'm posting today's recipe because this is what I did today. Today, I had chicken breast, I usually don't. Today I had the packets of seasoning mix, I don't always have them. Today I even had the no-name brand of Ro-tel tomatos and jalepeno peppers. A rarity.

Use what you have, taste what you make and season it till you like it.

It works for me anyway.

Here's today's what's in the pantry recipe

4 Large boneless chicken breasts (These were huge. They weren't the dainty pre-cut, pre-shaped variety. These were some huge breasts. I'm serious. They looked like they had the chicken version of of a boob job. If there was such a thing as stripper chickens... The chickens that these breasts came from would have been hired to do pole dancing).

Um.

I'll stop now.

But I just know I'm going to have visions of pole dancing chickens all day.

1 Big (28 oz) Can tomatoes (diced, whole, whatever you like)

1 smaller can diced tomatoes and jalapeno peppers (I used the store brand copy of Ro-tel)

1 of those small packs of sauce mix - chili

1 of those small packs of sauce mix - taco seasoning

2 or more chopped up garlic cloves

1 can fat free refried beans

I want to pause here and give a shout out to stealth cooking.

"Hellooooo! Stealth cooking, I love you so!"

Ever trown stuff in a dish just 'cause it was good
for them? It didn't really 'go' with the recipe, per se. Well, I like to do that whenever I can. Did you know you can throw pureed carrots in pasta sauce and no one will know? And while your doing that add some pureed white beans. They add body, nutrients and no flavor.

It's perfect, really.

I know a lot of people are against stealth cooking on general principals. That kids (and adults) should just eat their veggies.

To that I say... Yeah, right.

I know you mean it with good intentions...but I'm happier knowing the kid is eating vegetables. I don't care if he is cognizant of that fact, or not.

Back to the recipe....

Better than Bouillon Beef flavored soup stock - 1 tsp on up, whatever it needs.

A few tablespoons of sugar.


All of that is in my crockpot at the moment, smelling rather wonderful, I might add. I'll be letting that cook all day. Tasting and adding this and that if I need to.

I'll do some pictures later.

As to the lime rice? Phhhhft!

I saute some cooked white rice a little butter and a little oil, add salt and pepper and some lime juice. No recipe needed. This is cooking. Cooking is an art, not a CSI storyline.

5 Comments:

Kmphillips73 5/1/09, 12:10 PM  

Wooooo! This is a perfect recipe for Cinco de Mayo dinner! You've got excellent timing. Just what I need. Can't wait to try it =)

Kathy B! 5/1/09, 2:05 PM  

This is perfect... It goes in the crock pot... it sounds yummy!... and now I know what to do with all those dad-gum pole dancing chickens that we've got running around here!!

tracy 5/1/09, 2:36 PM  

Kmphillips73-- Im going to post pics later but it came out really good. The basic recipe is unchanged from what I posted here. The only thing I would say if if when you taste it, all it tastes is 'hot' add a little more sugar - it brings all the other flavors out.

Kathy B - OH! I knew it! I knew I wasnt the only one with pole dancing chickens!

tracy

Ling Ling 5/1/09, 5:34 PM  

I love your "stealth" cooking. I will have to try out the idea of using beans and pureed carrots with my husband!

tracy 5/1/09, 5:49 PM  

Ling Ling - I just posted pics of the dinner. It turned out really well and no one detected a single bean.

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