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Mexican chicken with roasted tomato salsa upscales Mexican into dinner party territory. Two simple ingredients come together with a bit of classic technique to make something more than the sum of the parts.

Roasted tomato salsa is made from almost exactly the same ingredient list as pico de gallo. But the result is completely different. Dark and sumptuous. Complex. Not at all like the bright, vibrant pico flavours. Isn’t cooking amazing?

Roasted tomato salsa recipes are all over the internet. The world does not need another version. I did it only to show you how you can use it to make something special. When you deglaze your roasting pan with it, it picks up the flavours of the chicken. It suddenly goes from salsa to sauce. Really, really good sauce.

Mexican chicken with roasted tomato salsa is Mexican - upscaled!

This may not be intuitive but it works. And it works well. Try Mexican chicken with roasted tomato salsa served on a smear of puree of jalapeño flavoured pinto beans. Or black beans with cumin and lime. Surrounded by a generous drizzle of sauce.  Garnished with a bit of cilantro. Or a bit of pico or prickly pear salsa. Like I said – dinner party territory.

Mexican chicken with roasted tomato salsa is Mexican - upscaled!

 

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Mexican chicken with roasted tomato salsa turns everyday ingredients into an upscale dinner.
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Recipe type: main
Cuisine: mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Roasted tomato salsa
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, cut in half widthwise, ends trimmed off and seeded
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers
  • 4 cloves garlic, skins left on
  • ½ white onion, coarsely chopped (really coarsely chopped)
  • 1-2 tsp vegetable oil
  • handful of cilantro
  • lime juice to taste
  • ½ tsp salt (again, really to taste)
Mexican spice rub
  • 2 tsp pure mild chili powder (ancho or New Mexican red work well)
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp granulated onion
  • ¾ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Mexican oregano (don't substitute regular oregano - if you don't have it just leave it out)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ tsp black pepper
  • 8 chicken thighs or 4 chicken breast bone-in, skin-on
  • ½ cup chicken stock
Instructions
Roasted tomato salsa
  1. Pre-heat your broiler.
  2. Place the tomatoes, onions, jalapeño and garlic on a cookie sheet.
  3. Drizzle the onions with a bit of vegetable oil.
  4. Broil the vegetables until the garlic skins are coloured and the garlic softens.
  5. Remove the garlic and continue broiling the tomatoes start to blacken. Turn your jalapeños regularly and watch the onions. I can't tell you how long this takes. I don't know how mean your broiler is.
  6. Combine the roasted vegetables with the cilantro in a food processor and whiz until you get a smooth salsa texture.
  7. Add lime and salt to taste.
Mexican spice mix
  1. Combine all the spice mix ingredients and mix.
Mexican chicken with roasted tomato sauce
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400F.
  2. Pre-heat a cast iron or similar frying pan large enough to hold the chicken in a single layer.
  3. Rub a bit of oil on the chicken and season with the spice mix.
  4. Roast the chicken until done. For breasts you want an internal temperature of 165F. For thighs go to 175F.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven, remove the chicken and spoon off the visible fat. Be careful to leave all those brown bits and any liquid in the pan.
  6. Place the pan over medium heat. Place a towel or something on the handle because you will grab it and burn your hand badly if you don't.
  7. Add about 1½ - 2 cups salsa to the hot pan, stirring up all those brown bits. These are the flavour bombs. Cook for about 1 minute.
  8. Add enough chicken stock to get to a saucy consistency and bring to a simmer.
  9. Taste and adjust for salt.
  10. To serve, spoon the sauce onto a plate and top with the roasted chicken.
Notes
The roasted salsa on it's own is a great alternative to every day pico. More of an earthy taste. To use it like salsa thin it with a bit of water.
The spice rub can be used in any Mexican dish.

 

6 thoughts on “mexican chicken with roasted tomato salsa

  1. Yum! I cook chicken often and I really appreciate that you have so many recipes that are different yet straightforward and full of flavour. Make cooking so much more fun when you can keep expanding your repertoire. Thanks

    • I probably have way too many chicken dishes on the blog but it’s what I do too. I’m so glad I’m helping you expand your repertoire. That’s the great thing about cooking. There is always, always so much more to learn…

  2. Autumn has kicked in so I have oodles and oodles of tomatoes! Guess what I’m going to do? Switch up my chicken of course and make this fantastic one! 🙂 Your flavours never fail.

  3. This is the fourth recipe of yours I’ve tried. All have been so full of flavor; nothing bland. The salsa was delicious and the chicken very moist in this recipe. Your curry recipes are wonderful and better than any restaurant’s. I grew up on the Texas/New Mexico border and your Mexican recipes are very authentic to that region. Your blog has become one of my favorites!

    • Great to hear from you Susan. I’m so glad you like the blog and are finding recipes you want to try. I don’t get to Mexico too often but I do get to Texas and love food there. In fact I often bring Mexican ingredients home with me when I visit because it’s not so easy to find them up North.

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