101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo


Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
Just the title will get some people going. After all carnitas are pieces of fatty pork cooked in more fat...right? But to me carnitas are "little Mexican spiced up pieces of meat" so it fits... for me. With an infusion of great citrus flavor, you'll love this healthier version of carnitas.


Based on my own Healthier Pork Carnitas with Pork Tenderloin  , you can have a great Mexican meal on the table in less than an hour.

Rating:
This may be a little generous but I loved the citrus taste and the fall apart chicken. I did put it in my top picks.

Notes: It is not only the chicken that makes this a 5 but the veggies. Cooked in the same pan, you get all the great spices and citrus taste in you meal.

ingrediants Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
 Heat 1 T of oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
cut up the chicken Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
Trim and cut about 2 pounds of skinless boneless chicken breast (or thighs) into 1 to `1 1/2 inch cubes.
mix the chicken with spices Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
 Mix the chicken with 1 t kosher salt, 1 t paprika, 1 t cumin and 1/2 t pepper. Stir well to coat.
Brown the chicken Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
Add the chicken to the hot oil and stir occasionally until browning well. About 7 minutes. You do not need to cook completely just brown.
Chop some veggies Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
 While chicken is cooking, mince one jalapeno and two cloves of garlic.
Add the veggies to the chicken Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
After chicken is browned well (about 7 minutes) add the jalapeno and garlic and cook 2 more minutes.
Add the broth and citrus Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
 Add 1 - 14 oz can chicken broth and the juice of one orange and one lime.
Simmer liquid away Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
Adjust the temperature to get a firm boil. Do not cover and do not stir. Just let it reduce to almost nothing. About 20 minutes. Your house will smell wonderful.
prep the serving veggies Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two
While the chicken is reducing, clean and slice one red pepper, one green pepper and a large onion.
remove the chicken Chicken Carnitas
When the pan is almost dry, move the chicken to a plate and cover with foil.
Cook the serving veggies Chicken Carnitas
Add the veggies to the pan over medium high heat and cook until tender (about 7-8 minutes). Stir frequently and scrap some of the fond off the bottom of the pan. If needed add a couple of tablespoons of chicken broth for moisture.
Yummy carmalized veggies Chicken Carnitas
Lots of great flavor here.
Carnitas de Pollo from 101 Cooking For Two




Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo
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Chicken Carnitas AKA Carnitas de Pollo  from 101 Cooking For Two

Healthier version of carnitas infused with great citrus taste in less than one hour.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of skinless boneless chicken breast (or thighs)
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 - 14 oz can chicken broth
  • juice of one orange
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 large onion

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 T of oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
  2. Trim and cut about 2 pounds of skinless boneless chicken breast (or thighs) into 1 to `1 1/2 inch cubes.
  3. Mix the chicken with 1 t kosher salt, 1 t paprika, 1 t cumin and 1/2 t pepper. Stir well to coat.
  4. Add the chicken to the hot oil and stir occasionally until browning well. About 7 minutes. You do not need to cook completely just brown.
  5. While chicken is cooking, mince one jalapeno and two cloves of garlic.
  6. After chicken is browned well (about 7 minutes) add the jalapeno and garlic and cook 2 more minutes
  7. Add 1 - 14 oz can chicken broth and the juice of one orange and one lime.
  8. Adjust the temperature to get a firm boil. Do not cover and do not stir. Just let it reduce to almost nothing. About 20 minutes. Your house will smell wonderful.
  9. While the chicken is reducing, clean and slice one red pepper, one green pepper and a large onion.
  10. When the pan is almost dry, move the chicken to a plate and cover with foil.
  11. Add the veggies to the pan over medium high heat and cook until tender (about 7-8 minutes). Stir frequently and scrap some of the fond off the bottom of the pan. If needed add a couple of tablespoons of chicken broth for moisture.
Yield:6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Updated
October 31 2013

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1 Comments:

At October 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM , Blogger Chris said...

Never thought of trying it with chicken before, nice idea.

 

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