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Easy Pollo Cubano

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 30 Minutes
  4 servings
The fresh flavors of tarragon, cilantro and lime juice enhance poached chicken breasts in this simple preparation.

Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Kitchen string
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
4   boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
1/2 cup  lime juice divided
2   shallots minced
2 1/2 tablespoons  chopped fresh tarragon divided
2 1/2  tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro divided
1/2 teaspoon  salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
1 quart  water
1/2 cup  dry sherry (see Note)
1 tablespoon  crushed red pepper
3   bay leaves

Note: Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don’t use the “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets—it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase dry sherry that’s sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.
DIRECTIONS
Place chicken in a shallow nonaluminum dish and add 1/4 cup lime juice. Toss lightly, cover and marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Drain and reserve the marinade.


Combine shallots, 1 1/2 teaspoons tarragon, 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Spread 2 teaspoons of the mixture at the base of each chicken breast and roll up. Using two pieces of butcher’s string, one running horizontally and one vertically, tie each breast into a package.


Combine water, the remaining 1/4 cup lime juice, 2 tablespoons tarragon, 2 tablespoons cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon salt, reserved marinade, sherry, crushed red pepper and bay leaves in a large high-sided skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, add the chicken, cover and poach gently until no longer pink inside, 20 to 25 minutes.


Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 164
Fat. Total: 3g
Protein: 24g
Carbohydrates, Total: 6g
Fat, Saturated: 1g
Fiber: 1g
Cholesterol: 63mg
Sodium: 350mg
% Cal. from Fat: 16%
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