Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sauteed Chicken w/ Roasted Blueberry-Basil Salsa

  A perfectly cooked chicken breast topped with a sweet, tangy, & spicy salsa... now THAT is my kind of summertime meal. It's intriguing, refreshing, and fills you up without weighing you down. As you can see (and will taste), the stars of the show are the bright, fragrant blueberries and basil. Also, the blueberries are roasted!! You know how I love roasting my fruit and veggies. :) By roasting the blueberries, it sweetens and deepens their flavor. The sweetness is then contrasted with the heat and salt of the salsa, and altogether it is perfectly balanced with the savoriness of the chicken. If you are pressed for time or want a less sweet salsa, just forego roasting the blueberries. Either way, you are going to LOVE this! Hope you give it a go -- it's a quick and scrumptious meal that you will feel great about eating and sharing!



** SAUTEED CHICKEN W/ ROASTED BLUEBERRY-BASIL SALSA** 

Ingredients
Chicken 
* 1 pound chicken breasts, seasoned with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and a pinch cayenne
* 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Roasted Blueberry-Basil Salsa
* 1 pint blueberries, with 1/2 cup blueberries chopped and set aside
* 2 jalapenos, finely chopped (remove seeds if want less heat - although I would recommend leaving them!)
* 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
* 1 lime, juiced
* 1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, julienned (thinly sliced)
* 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, chopped
* 1/4 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
* Pinch black pepper

Directions
For Chicken 

For Roasted Blueberry-Basil Salsa
* Preheat oven to 450 F.
* On a baking sheet, arrange whole blueberries in a single layer, and roast for about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup chopped blueberries (to mix in later -- nice balance with the non-roasted berries as well).
* Let blueberries cool for about 5 minutes.
 * In a medium-sized bowl, combine ingredients. 
* Serve over a succulent chicken breast, and indulge in the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and savory...


Recipe adapted from The Saucy Gourmet.

9 comments:

  1. Yum!

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  2. Wow! I've never thought of roasting blueberries! This salsa sounds so unique and delicious.

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    1. Thanks! I really enjoyed it, hope you do as well :)

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  3. what an interesting twist! i have never cooked blueberries with chicken...I can't even imagine the flavor combination...sounds fun!!! thanks.
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  4. Hey foodie friends, I just linked up this recipe with Amee's Savory Dish's Fit & Fabulous Fridays:
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  5. I just know I would love this. This is perfect for Foodie Friends Friday...Thank you so much for sharing. Don't forget to come back on Sunday to vote for your faves.

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  6. Leah, this recipe not only looks delicious but it's gorgeous, too!! What an amazing blend of flavors....love! :)

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