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Fresh and Easy at Casa de Cuisine: Cuban Pickled Chicken

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Chicken is one of the most popular meats in the world. There is nothing you can't do with this bird. In my career I have probably eaten more chicken than any other type of meat. I have always preferred my chicken to have a piquant taste. When I first tasted this dish native to the lovely island nation of Cuba, I almost did a backflip. For my tastes, it was nothing short of perfection!

I am sharing with you the recipe I learned but you can also make this dish with leftover chicken (just eliminate the cooking part of the recipes). Since Spring and Summer are big chicken months (grilling, barbecuing, etc.) you might want to keep this recipe close at hand.

This is a very easy recipe to prepare and it is just loaded with fresh flavors. You might also like to feature this as a part of a wonderful brunch by filling the pocket of some homemade pita bread or serving alongside some freshly baked flatbreads.

Ingredients needed to make Cuban Pickled Chicken (serves 4):

  • 2 chicken breasts, skinned and boned
  • 2 Tbs. minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 red jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded and minced
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • 5 whole pink peppercorns

Steps:

  1. In a medium pot of boiling water add the chicken breasts and ginger and gook 15 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and discard the water and ginger.

  2. Once the chicken is cool to the touch, shred the meat.
  3. In a glass bowl whisk all the remaining ingredients to combine. Add the shredded chicken, toss to coat, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least a couple of days.
  4. With a slotted spoon remove the chicken to a serving platter and drizzle with some of the pickling liquid before serving.

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