Susannah Locketti: My boss inspired this dish after she boasted about a slow-cooker recipe using just mango salsa and chicken. I redesigned her chicken dish and took it from a four-hour wait to a ten-minute meal. My version combines the convenience of store-bought salsa (who doesn't have a leftover jar from a summer bash?) with the addition of summer fruit (use up leftovers in the fridge) to make a sweet salsa with some fresh summer crunch. You can easily pull this off for any summer party without breaking a sweat!
Grilled Chicken with Sweet Summer Salsa
Recipe courtesy Susannah Locketti
Four 4-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
2 cups of your favorite salsa
1 cup assorted chopped fruit (nectarines, peaches, mango or pineapple)
2 T honey
Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
1 bag Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, Whole Grain Brown
Season the chicken breasts and grill on both sides. While the chicken is grilling, combine the salsa, fruit and honey in a bowl and microwave for one minute. Remove from the microwave and microwave the Ready Rice for 90 seconds. Divide the rice among four plates and place the grilled chicken on top. Top the chicken with a generous serving of the salsa-and-fruit mixture and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
Susannah's Time- and Money-Saving Sense:
- Pounding the chicken out thin decreases the cooking time, so it's definitely ready in ten minutes. Buy the chicken on sale for under $2 per pound.
- We all have a jar of leftover salsa around the house. Jazz it up with the addition of seasonal fruits and vegetables to give it a whole new flavor. Some honey and a nectarine gave my salsa sweetness and crunch. Heating it in the microwave took only a minute and didn't dirty another dish. Feel free to combine the salsa the night before to save even more time.
- Ninety-second rice is great when you are in a time crunch with kids or company. I prefer the whole-grain varieties to keep things healthy and increase the fiber in my kids' diet.
- Fresh cilantro pulls it all together with a burst of fresh flavor and color for a little over a dollar.
Chicken -- $1.99 (on sale)
Seasonings -- Free (on hand)
Salsa -- $1.99
Nectarine -- Free (on hand)
Honey -- Free (on hand)
Cilantro -- $1.49
Rice -- $2.39
Total Cost: $7.86