5/15/08

corona chicken



Once a upon a time, there was a little strawberry blonde princess named Hannah. She use to live with this big ol' meanie named ECM. ECM made all Hannah's cousins and even the fair princess cook and clean just like that other fairy tale chick, Cinderelly. (Cinderelly, Cinderelly, night and day it's Cinderelly, make the fire, fix the breakfast...) ECM also made them peel potatoes, gut squid, and even clean out the pit of fire in the dungeon. She was a horrible and mean lady. One day, ECM was watching her husband, King Bourdain, on TV. The King was visiting the far reaches of an unknown land called the Tex-Mex border to bring home a long forgotten recipe called Corona Chicken. ECM decided to make this so-called Corona Chicken, even though there was no Corona beer in it. When ECM served this chicken to the fair little princess who ate like a little bird, she warned Hannah, "You probably won't like this, my pretty. It will be spicy and yucky poison! Bwahahaha" Hannah turned around ate the whole thing and came back for seconds. From then on, all around the land it was known as Hannah's Chicken.

Hannah's Chicken:(Corona Chicken from A.B. No Reservations Tex-Mex Episode. I'm sure my Texas readers will tell me if this is wrong.)

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (pounded thin)

1 white onion, finely chopped

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped

approximately 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese

1 pound of bacon

teriyaki sauce for basting

toothpicks, soaked in water... so they won't catch fire 'cause I have never done that before. Nope, not me.

Mix together onions, cilantro, and jalapeno. On a flat work surface, lay down the flattened chicken and add about a spoonful of the onion mixture and cheddar cheese. Make sure not to overstuff, if you do the cheese and onions will drip all over the grill and will not stay in the chicken breast. Roll the chicken breast up tightly and secure with toothpicks. After the chicken breasts are stuffed and rolled you want to wrap a couple strips of bacon tightly around the chicken breasts (hehe, I said breast). I kinda poke the toothpicks through the bacon. Yeah, yeah, yeah...it's not the best description and not the best technique but you get the gist. Put the chicken on the grill and baste them with the teriyaki sauce. Also make sure to turn them a few times so they cook evenly.

Since the grill was up and running. I coated some fava beans in olive oil and threw them on the grill. Let the husk-shell-outer layer? of the fava bean blacken. What that does is steam the beans inside. Pop them out of their shell and add a little salt and you have the worlds easiest fava bean recipe.

Now I have got to go deal with that comatose census taker sitting in my dungeon since the King is still not home to take care of his manly duties. He's been gone an awfully long time. I wonder where he went off to.

"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."

sorry i couldn't resist

19 comments:

Leah said...

Krysta that looks like a perfect way to dress up a boring old chicken breast! I'm makin' it tonight and I'll tell yah how it turned out tomorrow.

Those potatoes look amazing too -- did you just roast them off? They have such a pretty color!

Grace said...

ol' tony is good for so many things--a recipe here and there, always a laugh, a few rude awakenings, and, some might argue, a bit o' eye candy. your fairy tale would give me sweet dreams. :)

Krysta said...

*leah... i coated some fingerling potatoes with some of my chili powder blend and olive oil. then roasted them. no more roasting for awhile around here though it's going to be 100 degrees today.

the chili powder has pasilla, california chili powder, new mexico chili powder, cayenne, oregeno, cocoa, garlic, and cinnamon.

Leah said...

Got it....did you make that in a spice grinder? I don't know if I'll get that ambitious today, but I'll see what I have in the cupboard that might come close. Pretty sure I don't have any pasilla powder, maybe I'll sub in some chipotle instead?

It's a perfect day here for grilling, so I'm really excited to try your chicken BREASTS tonight, hehehe. ;-)

Leah said...

Oh, sorry -- I never buy teriyaki sauce, what brand did you use? I'm assuming it was a thicker one, and not like a Kikkoman soy-type deal?

Krysta said...

*leah...regular Kikkoman thin type teriyaki. also, i would think some chipotle would be okay. i'm excited to see how this turns out.

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Asthmagirl said...

Cool recipe!
Actually hot! Although I'm trying to learn to eat hotter foods, this might be one that I'd try cooling off when I make it. So I'm pondering something a little more savory in the stuffing and then a rub of maybe cardemom and paprika prior adding the stuffing...

Stuffing...??? Maybe black beans, corn and pepperjack???

*Asthmagirl has checked out intellectually as she ponders a grilling adventure for the warm days ahead...*

Krysta said...

*asthma chick-a-roo... i swear this recipe isn't too spicy. that's why it was so funny that my neice ate it... we swore she wouldn't like with the onions and jalapenos but she loves it. black beans, pepper jack, and corn would be good...

noble pig said...

I love this fairy tale and I like the scary ending!

That chicken sounds incredible.

melissa said...

I dig this. I putting it on THE LIST. :P

you know what else I dig? anything that makes me think about anthony hopkins. mmmm anthony hopkins.

I know, I'm weird.

Meg said...

I could do this. This looks doable. Thanks for the soaking the toothpicks tip, 'cause I absolutely would've toasted those bad boys!

Mayberry Magpie said...

Hey, we have the same kitchen towels!!

How can it be that we share an attraction to the same kitchen towels and dishes, yet you can cook and I can't? Totally unfair, I think.

Mayberry Magpie

P.S. The Arte Y Pico is up tomorrow on my blog. You'll want to check it out.

Laura said...

what a wonderful fairy tale. great ending too! thanks for the reminder about the census survey. i have my second reminder sitting, er buried on the kitchen counter. i better fill it out and get it in the mail since ECM ate our local census taker.

cook eat FRET said...

the bourdain husband thing was a friggin riot...

hands off - he's mine.

Amanda said...

I'm going to try that recipie! sounds delish.

mindy said...

the texas contingent says, cheddar cheese and terikayi sauce!?!

actually, this looks and sounds fantastic (though I am quite intimidated by fava beans... ). as leah said, anything fun and rich in flavor's great--poor lil' chicken breasts really need a push to be interesting these days.

hope to try this soon: i think i'd experiment with chipotle, cinnamon, feta, and poblanos (now poblanos--that's some good Austin-Mex cooking!)

glad i discovered your blog!

Neen said...

You know, I am in general uninspired by chicken breasts. Which is why we have so many packages of them in the freezer, that Must. Be. Eaten. before The Move. This has been looming over my head. I'm forwarding this recipe to Do; it involves all his favorites (jalapeños, cilantro, bacon, toothpicks on fire...) and will use up that damn chicken.

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