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Ancho Chicken With Warm Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Ancho Chicken With Warm Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad


1 teaspoon ancho chili powder (may substitute mild chili powder or paprika)
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
4 thin-cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each)
4 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
1 medium zucchini (about 8 ounces), diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, each cut in half
1 1/2 cups corn kernels (from 1 large or 2 small ears fresh corn)
1 clove garlic, minced
Flesh of 1 ripe avocado, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves


Stir together the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle the spice mixture on both sides of the chicken, rubbing it in a little with your fingers.

Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the chicken pieces; cook for a total of about 6 minutes, turning them over as needed, until lightly browned on both sides and cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet; once the oil is quite hot, add the onion and stir to coat. Cook for about 2 minutes or until softened, then add the zucchini, tomatoes, corn and garlic; cook until all of the vegetables are softened but they still retain their shape, about 3 minutes. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Divide the vegetable mixture among individual plates. Top each with a piece of chicken and a few slices of avocado. Sprinkle with the lime juice and cilantro, and serve.

Serves 4

Per serving: Calories 350; Total Fat 14g (Sat Fat 2g); Cholesterol 80mg; Sodium 410mg; Total Carbohydrates 22g; Dietary Fiber 7g; Protein 37g

Photo Credit: Deb Lindsey

Copyright 2016 Ellie Krieger All rights reserved

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