Recipe: Tequila Chicken
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
1/8 cup finely chopped red onion
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 dashes cayenne pepper (less than 1/8 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 pound (2 large half breasts) boneless skinless chicken breast; sliced
completely in half making 4 pieces
4 ounces shredded Colby Jack cheese
Garnishes: Diced red onion, bell pepper, green pepper, green onion, cilantro leaves, salsa, sour cream, black olives, lemon or lime wedges.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a bowl, place 2 tablespoons canola oil, all marinade ingredients, and chicken, and mix thoroughly.
In a large saute pan, heat 3 tablespoons canola oil over medium-high to high heat. Place the coated chicken breasts in the hot pan and sear on one side until golden brown for about 1 minute. Turn and sear the other side for a few seconds more, and sizzle with the tequila.
Transfer seared chicken breasts to a lightly greased sheet pan and bake in oven for about 10 minutes until fully cooked.
Remove chicken from oven and top with your choice of garnishes (our choices were: sour cream, black olives, salsa, and lime wedges).