Working off of my healthy eating initiative for June, this recipe is healthy without really tasting like it. The chicken is cooked in salsa- nothing more and the corn cakes get a boost with chick peas added to the mix. Sean and I were both pleased with the results on this dish. It made for a unique and tasty Sunday Dinner.
You will need for the chicken:
1.5 lbs chicken breast
2 jars salsa
In a slow cooker add 1 jar salsa, place chicken breasts on top and then pour over remaining jar. I used regular for one jar and chunky for another, you can just use your favorite kind. Set on low for 8 hours. Once it is cooked use a spatula to pull out the cooked chicken. Shred on a plate and return back to the crock. I removed some salsa from the pot so it would be thicker but use your preference for the amount of sauce for the chicken. Leave cooker on warm and cover until ready to serve.
For the corn cakes you will need:
1 1/2 cups fresh corn (about 2 ears)
1 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp olive oil
1 can of chick peas drained and rinsed
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tbs corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
4 tsp corn starch
More olive oil for frying, about 2 tbs total
In a bowl cuts kernels from corn using a knife. Add in diced onion and thyme. In a skillet add 1 tsp olive oil and heat to medium high. Add corn mixture and sauté for about 3 minutes or until onion is fragrant and becoming translucent.
Add the mixture to a food processor along with the chick peas, bread crumbs, 2 tbs corn starch, salt and cayenne. Pulse about 8-10 times until the mixture starts to come together.
Add 4 tsp of corn starch to a plate. Begin forming patties with your hands, pressing cornmeal onto each side of the patty. This should make about 8-10 corn cakes.
In a frying pan add a tsp of olive oil on medium high heat then add a few cakes- do not over crowd the pan! This will take a few batches. Cook until browned and then flip, it will take about 4 minutes per side. After each batch add more oil to the pan as needed.
As you cook you may find some parties get more and more interested in dinner…
Top the corn cakes with the shredded salsa chicken and serve hot.
Your friends might hope that you’ll share, but you don’t have to.