Sometimes color can be almost as important as flavor in producing a successful recipe. That is one of the reasons I find so much joy in using fresh garden vegetables, whether they are cooked into the dish or simply used as a garnish or an accompaniment. Fresh herbs can also enhance an otherwise plain or ordinary entrée.
Right now our gardens are rich with a profusion of healthy herbs — so lush and fragrant that when I am in the midst of them I understand why Paddington, the cat, would often lie right down and roll around in a bed of them. I love to keep a collection of freshly picked herbs in front of me on the kitchen counter where I can bury my face in them from time to time and remember to include them in whatever I may be cooking.
Today I am making savory herbed chorizo chicken breasts using both garden vegetables and herbs to notify both the eye and the palette.
Savory Herbed Chorizo Chicken
4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
½ teaspoon salt, divided
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup Mexican pork chorizo, casings removed
¼ cup sliced onion
2 tablespoons diced carrot
¼ cup diced yellow bell pepper
¼ cup diced red bell pepper
¼ cup white wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
- Sprinkle chicken with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper.
- Coat pan with cooking spray.
- Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.
- While chicken cooks, heat a large skillet over medium – high heat.
- Add chorizo; cook 1 minute, stirring to crumble.
- Add remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, onion, and carrot; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add bell peppers; cook 1 minute or until crisp-tender.
- Add wine, cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
- Spoon chorizo mixture over chicken; top with cilantro or any choice of fresh herbs ( rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage)