I’ve been trying to suck every last bit out of spring the last few weeks. I’m not the biggest fan of summer – I don’t love when it’s extremely hot and humid outside. I’m not looking forward to all the stickiness, the sweat, the sunburn, or the struggle of running in humidity. I love spring. Spring’s my thing. Actually fall is my thing, but spring is a close second! Anyway, the other day I realized that I haven’t actually had any rhubarb yet this season, so I thought I would find a fun, non-baked good kind of way. By the way, this chicken would be excellent on the grill. You know…if you had a grill. Which I don’t. Anyway, let me know what you think!
Spicy Chicken with Cucumber-Rhubarb Salsa (original recipe from Bon Appetit)
For the spice rub: 1/2 t. cumin, 1/4 t. smoked paprika, 1/4 t. coriander. Mix together and rub onto 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts which have been washed and patted dry with paper towels.
For the sauce:
- 1 habanero pepper, with seeds, stemmed
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced with white and green parts divided
- 1 T. soy sauce
- 1/4 c. olive oil
Preheat the oven to 450*F. Combine first three ingredients in food process and pulse until finely chopped. Then, add in soy sauce and olive oil and combine until a sauce forms. Heat up 1 T. olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. After the rub is applied to the chicken, brown on both sides and then transfer to a greased baking pan. Brush the spicy sauce onto both sides of the chicken evenly, then place in the oven until the internal temp reads 165*F (this will depend on the size of the chicken you are using!) – about 20-25 minutes. When it is cooked, let it rest for 10 minutes.
For the salsa:
- 1-1/2 c. rhubarb, cut into 1/4″ cubes
- 1 c. 1/4″ cubes unpeeled seedless cucumbers
- 1/2 c. chopped cilantro
- 1 T. honey
- 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 t. fresh lime juice
- salt & pepper to taste
While the chicken is cooking, combine all of the ingredients for the salsa PLUS the green parts from the scallions above and toss to coat evenly. Let this salsa sit for at least 10 minutes before serving it over the chicken.