When I first offered this dish to my posse, the initial reaction was “Green sauce? What the hell is a green sauce?” Well, green sauce has been with us for a while. In Mexican cuisine it’s known as salsa verde. And then there is the famed chili green sauce. Most salda verde is made with cilantro, tomatillos, and, sometimes, avocados. My version follows more of the green sauce popularized in Spain. It uses parsley as the base ingredient. In this recipe I make it with tostones (fried green plantains) as an accompaniment. For the tostones recipe check out my posting of 9/9/10
The versatility of green sauce is that it can be used with vegetables, seafood, or meat. My favorite is with boiled or steamed chicken. It’s an easy enough recipe to prepare: the chicken is seasoned, then boiled; the sauce ingredients are pureed in a blender or food processor—and that’s it. Try it for your next special dinner. Your significant other, or guests, will truly regard it as SPECIAL
GREEN CHICKEN IN GREEN SAUCE
2 chicken skinless, boneless breasts, halved
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3 tablespoons cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 bunch fresh parsley, washed and dried
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1/2 cup light or heavy cream
1. Wash chicken breasts under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Rub chicken breasts with pepper, salt, oregano and coriander. Place in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Mix to combine with the spices and let stand 15 minutes.
3. Place chicken in a skillet or pan. Add one cup water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
4. While chicken is cooking, put parsley, garlic and cream in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
5. Remove chicken from pan, cut into bite sized pieces, and transfer to a serving platter. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.
Yield: 4 servings.