So, roll up your sleeves and here we go…..it could be a bumpy ride!
On your marks…
Two chicken breasts
One large onion sliced
one red pepper sliced
one dozen button mushrooms sliced
three handfuls of cherry tomatoes
one head of garlic
one cup of rice
many dashes of olive oil!
fresh cilantro to taste
salt and pepper
Six corn or flour soft tortillas
You’ll also need:
one small saucepan (rice)
one nonstick skillet (onions and peppers, then tomato salsa)
one cast iron skillet (chicken)
one small skillet (heat the tortillas)
1, Sautee the onions and peppers in olive oil for about five minutes until pepper strips are starting to soften. Add the mushrooms and keep sauteeing for 10 minutes on low heat.
2, Sautee the rice and half a tablespoon of olive oil in a small saucepan for two minutes then add 2 cups of boiling water. Bring to boil then reduce heat, salt and pepper and cover for 15 minutes.
3, In a heavy skillet (cast iron is great), sautee the chicken breasts with a dash of olive oil, lime and fresh garlic. 10 – 15 minutes over medium heat (slightly lower if using cast iron)
4, Someone else should be making guacamole at this time (preferably before). You’ll need two avocadoes, one clove of garlic (heresy I know but I like it garlicky), lime juice and salt and pepper to taste plus chopped cilantro.
5, When the peppers, onions and mushrooms are soft and carmelized, reserve. Wipe the non-stick skillet with a paper towel (take off heat first!), add a dash more olive oil and then the cherry tomatoes (halved) plus two cloves of garlic.
Sautee until cooked through but not too mushy! (5 mins).
By now, the rice, chicken, tomato salsa and onion medley should all be cooked (and you’ll have been going like the clappers, but in a precise, controlled way for 35 minutes).
The guacamole should be waiting expectantly for company.
Warm the tortillas and serve. Cut the chicken into thin strips then add whatever combo you fancy to make a great family meal.
Pour yourself a glass of something vaguely chilled and relax and enjoy – you’ve earned it.