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Wednesday was my adorable husband’s birthday, and we always like to cook for one another for our birthdays. Anything the birthday boy or girl wants will be made. I’m pretty easy because I ALWAYS want fettuccine alfredo on my birthday. It is my all-time favorite food, and I only allow myself to have it on my birthday or very special occasions to keep it from getting old or boring. This year Jay surprised me with Maggiano’s fettuccine alfredo the day I defended my thesis and official finished graduate school. THAT was certainly a special occasion!
Since Jay’s birthday comes almost immediately after the holiday season, he wanted something light and healthy. I accepted the challenge of making something healthy and keeping it special.
I googled “birthday dinners” and this recipe completely fell into my lap. I was sold. Jay is obsessed with chips and salsa so anything served with salsa is a winner in his book. I added some extra ingredients to this recipe because it seemed to be a little bland on its own. The dish was beautifully presented with lush fruit spilling over the chicken and bright green broccoli served on the side. Broccoli is the birthday boy’s favorite vegetable. (He’s easy to please.)
Happy Birthday, lovey!
Cornmeal Chicken with Peach Salsa
Source: Betty Crocker
3 cups frozen peaches, chopped, then thawed
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
juice of half a lime
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 Tbs. smoked paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cinnamon
salt and pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbs. olive oil or grapeseed oil (grapeseed oil can be found at Trader Joe’s for $3)
In a large bowl, mix all of the salsa ingredients, cover, and put in refrigerator until serving time.
In a shallow dish, mix all of the dry ingredients. Add oil to large skillet set to medium-high heat. Coat chicken in cornmeal mixture and place in skillet for 15-20 minutes (or when juices run clear in thickest part of the chicken), flipping only once. Serve with salsa on top.
Serve any leftover salsa with tortilla chips!