Boring Chicken, I think Not!

So my sister has accused me of making things that can’t be whipped up on a whim…well Lauren, I give you an easy chicken recipe (and because of that I expect you to make it!).  I admit that I tend to skip over the average chicken breast way too quickly when thinking of what to make, sometimes chicken just seems so boring.  However, Ricky’s sister Katie gave me a subscription to Cuisine at Home for Christmas and I have already dog-eared way too many pages of things to make.  For some reason the thought of Peruvian Chicken especially caught my eye-I mean doesn’t the fact that it’s called ‘Peruvian’ make it sound like an exotic and sexy dish…and yes I did just call my chicken sexy!  On that note I’m going to stop and let the recipe speak for itself.  Thanks Katie-I never would have made my sexy chicken without you!

Peruvian Chicken with Tomato Rice

adapted from Cuisine at Home
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed (6-8 oz each)


  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup dry medium-grain rice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup, seeded, diced tomato


  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp annatto powder or paprika (paprika or smoked paprika works fine)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbs ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
Combine soy sauce, 2 tbs lime juice, 1 tbs cumin, 1 tbs oil, oregano, and chili powder in a large bowl or plastic bag. Add chicken; marinate in refrigerator while you prepare rice and sauce.
Heat 1 tbs oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup onion’ saute 3 minutes. Stir in water and 1 tbs garlic; bring mixture to a boil. Add rice and salt; cover pan. Reduce heat to low; simmer rice 20 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork; stir in tomato.
Soak bread crumbs in milk in a bowl.
Heat 1 tbs oil in a saute pan. Add 1/2 cup onion and 1 tbs garlic to pan; saute 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, and annatto; saute 30 seconds. Add broth and bread crumbs; bring to a boil. Remove mixture from heat; stir in 2 tbs lime juice, Parmesan, and 1 tbs ground walnuts. Keep mixture warm.
Remove chicken from marinade. Discard marinade. Grill chicken covered, over direct heat, 6 minutes on each side or until chicken reaches 160 degrees. Serve chicken with rice and sauce; garnish with 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and cilantro.
** I actually left out the walnut (I was on the phone in the grocery-which means I absently wander the aisles and don’t buy half the things I need) and I thought it was fabulous and would maybe even possibly prefer it without????
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2 Comments on “Boring Chicken, I think Not!”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Ha! I will make this thankyouverymuch and expect a reply with how just sexy I really think this recipe is. And I will have you know that I have actually made other recipes from your blog (and I’m even making the mac’n’cheese tonight)! They are all delicious.

  2. Chip Says:

    She did very well with the mac’n cheese. It was amazing. I will have to credit the both of you for that. Thanks for the incredible recipes and great photos.

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