Californian Chicken is a recipe which uses chicken breasts cooked in a tangy combination of lime juice, honey and garlic. It is the perfect meal for a warm summer day when you don’t feel like eating much.
The use of lime juice and yellow pepper is a great way to add some vitamin C to your diet. Californian chicken is also a quick and easy recipe to prepare, which is great when you don’t want to spend time cooking.
I remember the Californian Chicken recipe from my childhood. Whilst on holiday in the States we went to one of my parents friends houses for dinner. Californian Chicken was the main dish, served on a buffet with rice and a mixture of different salads. We ate in the garden enjoying the warm night air. Later on we played games in the garden. Suddenly a skunk suddenly strolled into the garden and along the path. We had never seen a skunk so close but had heard about what they do when they are upset. Not wishing to become covered in skunk smell we ran into the house as fast as we could shouting skunk, skunk. We were making so much noise it was amazing we escaped without the skunk attacking. The skunk later took up residence under the house so the family had to be careful all summer.
Californian chicken is really quick and easy to prepare. The chicken breasts are browned in a frying pan and then put aside on a warm plate. A mixture of yellow peppers, onions, lime juice and rind, honey, black pepper and stock is put into the pan and simmer for a few minutes. The chicken is then returned to the pan and the pot covered. The chicken is then left to simmer for around ten minutes until it is cooked though.
Californian chicken has a lovely tang from the lime juice mixed with a touch of sweetness from the honey. A salad of little gem lettuce, cucumber and radishes made the perfect side dish along with some rice. A quick, tasty and delicious meal that is perfect to enjoy outside in the warm summer sun.
In order to save myself more time I served my Californian chicken with Tilda Pulses and Rice. These are new single serve pouches that combine rice with vegetables. You can either heat the pouch in the microwave or just serve the contents cold as a salad. The rice is cooked by steaming to preserve all the flavour. The Tilda Pulses and rice pouches are great for packed lunches or speedy meals.
I chose to use the Tilda Pulses and Rice Black Bean, Jerk & Coconut which has blackeyed beans and black beans combined with basmati rice, coconut and sweet potato in a jerk, garlic and ginger seasoning. The flavour worked perfectly with the lime taste in the chicken. Tilda Pulses and rice pouches come in five flavours. The other flavours are Edamame, Spring onion and Washabi, Split Pea, Green Chilli & Coriander, Pinto Bean, Green Chilli & Lime, or Chickpea, Harisa & Lemon. I tried a couple of these with a salad for a packed lunch and they were really nice. The mixture of different flavours really makes a nice change from plain rice. Tilda Pulses & Rice pouches are RRP £1.39 and you can get them in Ocado, Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys.
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If you are looking for other summer chicken recipes chicken and raspberry salad is delicious. The sweetness of the raspberries makes for a great summer tasting salad. For something a bit more substantial chicken and bacon totelloni salad is perfect. It is a lovely filling salad that makes a great supper.