Friday, July 10, 2009

My Father-In-Law and Salsa Chicken

My father-in-law is one of the nicest people I know. His heart is good and kind. He laughs alot. He loves his children and his grandchildren and treats his wife (my mother-in-law) like a princess.

He also raised The Best Husband In The World. 

In his own words he will tell you that he "always sees the glass as half full".

As much as I love to cook, I love for people to cook for me. No, really, I do. 

Does that surprise you? 

I know what I put into the food that I cook, so it stands to reason that I can appreciate how much love goes into what other people cook: 

The selection, the planning, the actual cooking, the plating and then finally, the half smile of satisfaction from the eater... or maybe even a little groan of delight... ah.. music to a cook's ears and food for our souls. 

On the day we went to the zoo, my father-in-law stayed home and planned this meal. He was sooo excited to cook for us. It made me happy and it was delicious to boot! 

My Father-In-Law's Salsa Chicken: (serves 4) - adapted from South Beach Diet - phase 2

8 cups shredded lettuce (he used Romaine)
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 boneless chicken breasts
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces chunky tomato salsa
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream (or you can use Greek style yogurt)

Divide the lettuce among 4 plates, set aside.

Set up your breading station with two bowls. In one, place egg whites, beat slightly. In the other bowl combine the chili powder and cumin. Add the chicken to the spice mixture, turning to coat. Shake off excess and dip into egg whites, then coat again with spice mixture. 

Heat the oil in a wide nonstick fry pan over medium heat. When hot, add chicken and saute gently until no longer pink - about 4-5 minutes per side. 

Remove chicken breasts to top of lettuce. Pour the salsa in the pan and heat through. 

Top the chicken with the salsa and a dollop of sour cream. 

According to South Beach Diet (page 218) 266 calories per serving. 32 g. protein, 12 carbohydrates, 10 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 457 mg sodium, 77 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber

According to me: Delicious and one of the nicest meals ever cooked for me. 


  1. What a great pictures of your father-in-law and their little dog. I love seeing Patsy walking the dog all through the neighborhood! Sounds like a wonderful meal! Stop and see me if you get back to Michigan, Dawn

  2. MMM that sounds so healthy and delicious! I'm always getting bored with my chicken recipes, I'll have to try that one, I like things with a little Mexican flavour to them. Love the photo!

  3. I'm happy for you, you are blessed with a great FIL, and and I want to hear about the lovely pet in that picture too:)

  4. Holly Hills,

    I will definitely stop back at Xmas to see you and your lovely shop. Hmmm... only 5 months to convince the best husband in the world to rent a UHaul... LOL


    Let me know if you try this recipe. It was delicious!


    Toby, the little Yorkshire Terrier is a hoot! So smart, and so little!! Even though I admit to being a BIG DOG (size) lover, he is so cute I would love to bring him home with me!


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