My main goal for this recipe was to cook a juicy and flavorful chicken breast! I was very happy with the end result!
Course Chicken, Main Course
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 45minutes
Total Time 1hour5minutes
For The Brine
1tspred pepper flakes
2large boneless chicken breast1 1/4 pounds
2cupschicken brothwarmed slightly
2sprigs of cilantro
Zest of 1 lime
Pinchof black pepper
Salt to taste
1/3cupfrozen peas and carrots
Juice of 1/2 a lime
In a saucepan, combine all of the ingredients for the brine, minus the chicken. Bring to a quick boil. Taste for salt and let cool at room temperature. Once cooled, pour over chicken, cover and chill for at least 24 hours. 48 hours would be even better!
When ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the brine, place onto a plate at let it sit at room temperature for 25-30 minutes.
For the rice, add 2-3 tablespoons of oil to a skillet and heat to medium. Add the rice, onion, garlic and serrano whole. Saute until the rice begins to toast and onion and garlic become aromatic. Pour in the warm chicken broth. Add cilantro, lime zest, cumin, oregano, black pepper and salt to taste.
Once it comes to a boil, reduce to low, cover and cook for 7-9 minutes. Remove lid after and spread out peas and carrots on top. Continue cooking until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit.
To finish chicken, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a cast iron skillet, add 3 tablespoons of oil and preheat once oven comes up to temperature.
When ready, heat skillet until oil is hot. Lightly season the brined chicken breast with fresh cracked pepper and a pinch of salt. Sear the chicken for 5 minutes per side. Transfer to the oven and cook for an additional 13-16 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken reads 165 degrees F.
Warm your tomatillo salsa on low while the chicken cooks. Fluff the rice with a fork and mix in the peas and carrots, then cover once again.
Remove from oven, transfer to plate, tent loosely with foil paper and let rest for 5 minutes.
To plate, add some salsa to the plate, then some rice and top with chicken, lime and cilantro!
Brining works well with both chicken and pork! The time does not reflect the brining time, so plan ahead when you prepare this recipe. It's worth the wait!