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Test Kitchen: Grilled Chicken Breast with Fresh Jalapeno-Cilantro Tomato Relish

Test Kitchen: Grilled Chicken Breast with Fresh Jalapeno-Cilantro Tomato Relish
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On Saturdays, we try out a recipe from a fellow food blogger from around the country.  Check out Lyndi’s blog…NWA Foodie!

If you’re a loyal reader of TMR, you know of the respect and admiration I have for Lyndi and her wonderful food blog.  Whenever I need a can’t miss, delicious recipe…I turn to a handful of bloggers.  Lyndi is on that list.  Her Grilled Chicken Breast with Fresh Jalapeno-Cilantro Tomato Relish certainly did not disappoint.

This is my kind of recipe.  I love every single ingredient, and fortunately, they are all easy to find at any grocery store.  And this is a perfect summertime concoction…very light and refreshing ingredients that blend together in such harmony.

Given my new living arrangements (small apartment), I did have to change a few things up a bit.  First, I no longer have a grill.  A Texan without a grill is like a baseball player without a glove.  But I’m no longer a Texan, so…oh well.  Second, due to a small kitchen and lack of preparation time, I passed on the “cutlet step”.  Instead, I just hammered the chicken breasts down to help decrease the cooking time.

This recipe is simple and absolutely delicious.  Whenever I am scanning recipes to prepare, there are certain ingredients that always jump out at me.  CILANTRO!  I love cilantro…to me, it’s the king of all herbs.  I’d eat cilantro ice cream if one of those hip ice cream shops put it on the menu for a week.

From start to finish, look to spend about 30 minutes.  Make sure to chop/dice your jalapenos, onions, and tomatoes pretty small.  Take your time with the relish construction.  There’s such a wonderful blending of flavors, highlighted by the subtle sugar.

I prepared a side of potatoes and green beans to accompany the chicken.  The entire meal was a trifecta of greatness (healthy, delicious, and well liked).  I even got a few “ooohs”.

Again, if you get some free time…please check out NWA Foodie.  It’s just a great read! Lyndi has recipes, giveaways, and an overall perspective on food that you’ll enjoy. AND…she is very approachable!  Drop her an email or a tweet…she’s always willing to answer a question or give amazing recommendations.