Crispy Skillet Chicken with Salsa Verde.
This is a dinner for those times when you want to eat something delicious, which is to say, this is a good dinner all the time. It’s easy, but more importantly it’s crispy and juicy and as spicy as you want it to be.
Lately, with four kids home all day long every day, dinner is becoming an afterthought. Just making it through the day with everyone alive and at least mostly content is what I’m aiming for. After that, dinner is whatever and bedtime is success.
I won’t lie, we’ve been eating a lot of pizza.
But, when I do pull it together enough to get a real dinner on the table so we can all sit down for a bona fide family meal, I feel so much better about myself as a single mother. Dinner on the table means we’re doing okay. This Crispy Skillet Chicken with Salsa Verde then is a real self esteem booster.
It’s delicious, the hallmark of a successful family dinner. It’s also very simple, which is entirely the point. It’s essentially just chicken, as basic as it gets, cooked to crispy, flavorful perfection in a tablespoon of coconut oil. The Salsa Verde turns a piece of chicken into dinner, spicy flavorful delicious dinner.
The Salsa Verde is easy to mix up and you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. You can adjust the spiciness to your taste buds, but here in New Mexico we like it to leave our tongues good and tingly.
Even my kids are starting to pick up on the joy of spicy peppers, so perhaps it really does come with the territory. When I made this for Sunday dinner last week, my nine year old didn’t think hers was quite spicy enough so she cut up another jalapeno and sprinkled it onto her portion. She wasn’t born here, but I think she’s a true New Mexican through and through. Bring on the chile peppers!
But you don’t have to be a New Mexican to appreciate a piece of crispy skillet chicken smothered in a tingly salsa verde. Easy chicken dinner for the win! I learned how to cook my chicken crispy in the skillet from Bon Appetit - there's no better way!
For the Salsa Verde
For the Salsa Verde
I learned how to cook my chicken crispy in the skillet from Bon Appetit - there's no better way!