Amigas, with Spring just around the corner (believe it or not!) we're going to be sharing healthy alternatives to Latin staples we love all month! We'll start with pollo asado.
Pollo asado is great because the citrus marinade starts the cooking process, allowing you to minimize cooking in oil. When you make the asado, use chicken breast and serve with brown rice to make it extra healthy!
◦ 3 whole chicken breasts
◦ 1/2 large sliced red or Spanish onion
◦ 4 smashed garlic cloves
◦ 1/2 cup mojo criollo *
◦ 1tbsp oregano
◦ 2 tsp cumin
◦ 2 tsp salt
◦ 1/4 lemon wedge
◦ 3/4 cup vegetable oil
In large pot, season chicken with garlic and onion, salt, oregano, cumin. Pinch chicken with fork to allow seasoning to sit well. Add 1/4 cup of mojo to chicken, stir and let marinate for one hour to 90 minutes.
In same pot, lightly fry chicken breast in vegetable oil until both sides have browned, for 6-7 minutes. Add remainder of mojo and squeeze lemon wedge. Bring heat down to medium-low, cover and let cook for another 30 minutes. If you find your chicken too dry, you can add 1/2 cup of dry white cooking wine. Steam from pot will create the excess mojo sauce.
*Mojo is a liquid seasoning made using citrus fruits, dried seasoning like cumin, oregano, basil, and garlic. It is commonly used in Latin cooking to marinate chicken, pork and beef. The mojo I used was store bought. Goya makes a really good one; pick it up in your International section of your grocery store!
For additional cooking advice from Bren Herrera, visit Flanboyanteats.com