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Spicy Cuban Mojo Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Feeling the air of spring might get you thinking of an escape to the Islands. This blend of orange and lime with cilantro brings you one step closer to that dream…if only in your palate. Depending on how your kiddos feel about spicy, add more or half what this recipe calls for.  Serve with whipped sweet potatoes and fresh green asparagus…and enjoy it on your patio table in the fresh air!

Spicy Cuban Mojo Chicken with Mango-Avocado SalsaOriginal Recipe

1 teaspoon cumin seed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 fresh red chile pepper, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 teaspoons orange juice
5 teaspoons lemon juice
2 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sweet soy sauce
1/4 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup diced mango
1/2 avocado
chopped fresh cilantro to taste
chopped fresh parsley to taste

Directions

Toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Place the cumin seeds, garlic, chile pepper, salt, olive oil, orange juice, and lemon juice into the bowl of a blender; grind to a coarse paste. Toss the chicken with the marinade, then place into the refrigerator, and allow to marinate for about 2 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until browned. Place into the oven, and cook until the juices run clear, about 8 minutes. When the chicken is done, remove, cover with foil, and allow to rest for 3 to 5 minutes.

While the chicken is in the oven, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, lime zest, honey, and soy sauce in a skillet over medium-high heat. Simmer until the orange juice has reduced to 1/3 of original volume and is beginning to get thick and syrupy. Once thick, remove from heat, and whisk in the butter pieces one at a time until melted; set aside.

To serve, place chicken on the plate and sprinkle with mango and avocado. Drizzle with the sauce, and garnish with cilantro and parsley.

Buon Appetito!

Leah

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