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Chile Chicken Sauté

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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A cross between a fajita and chili, this saucy stir-fry can be served in warm tortillas or over rice. F&W's Grace Parisi says it can even be baked between layers of tortilla chips, grated cheddar cheese and sour cream to make chilaquiles, a Southwestern-style lasagna.

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  1. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch strips, or skinless, boneless breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  5. 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  6. 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 tablespoon pure chile powder
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  10. 2 ears of corn, kernels cut off the cob (1 1/4 cups)
  11. 1/2 cup water
  12. Warmed corn tortillas, sour cream and cilantro, for serving
  1. In a very large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add it to the skillet in a single layer. Cook over high heat, turning once, until browned but not cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Pour off the fat in the skillet.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, chile powder and cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute.
  3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce, corn and water and cook over moderate heat, scraping up any bits stuck to the skillet, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is reduced, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and serve with corn tortillas, sour cream and cilantro.

Suggested Pairing

Ripe, fruit-forward Zinfandel.

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