H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Eats: Spicy Chicken With Black Bean, Cranberry, and Sweet Potato Salsa

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Spicy Chicken With Black Bean, Cranberry, and Sweet Potato Salsa

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Recipe Originates from Fine Cooking


4 tbsp EVOO; more for the broiler pan

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch dice

¼ cup finely diced red or Vidalia onion

Kosher salt

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp cayenne

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 large clove garlic, mashed to a paste

2 ½ tbsp lime juice

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro - can use dried too, but ½ cup

freshly ground black pepper


Position a rack about 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler to high.  Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat.  Add the sweet potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the onion, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ cup water.  Cover and cook for 1 minute.  Uncover and cook, stirring, until the onion and sweet potatoes are tender and the water has evaporated about 3 minutes.  Keep warm.  Meanwhile, combine 1 tsp salt with the chili powder, cumin, and cayenne in a small bowl. Butterfly each chicken breast by slicing it horizontally almost but not entirely in half so you can open it like a book.  Rub the spices all over.  Lightly oil a broiler pan, put the chicken on it, and broil, flipping once, until just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes total.

In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, lime zest, juice, and 2 tbsp of the canola oil.  Add the potatoes and onions, black beans, cranberries, and cilantro and toss gently to combine.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with chicken.  


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