Almond Crusted Chicken with Citrus Salsa

I’m always looking to try new types of recipes. Instead of the same old fried chicken cutlet, here’s a recipe that uses an almond crust on the chicken and bakes it to crispy perfection. The citrus salsa gives it a balanced kick and I also chose to bake some asparagus as well as fry up some potatoes. Let’s jump right into it.

 

Ingredients

  • Thin sliced chicken breast
  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 3-4 teaspoons of spicy brown mustard
  • 1 small pink grapefruit
  • 1 small orange
  • Lime juice
  • Freshly chopped garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Red onion
  • Potatoes

Instructions

  • To make the salsa, you want to finely chop the orange and grapefruit. Mix in some red onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and lime juice for more kick. Let that marinate in the fridge for as long as you’d like. As long as it sits for about an hour, it will be fine to use.
  • The asparagus can be laid out on a baking sheet. Toss some olive oil, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese on them before placing them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • The potatoes are easy as well. Cut them up into slices/chunks and saute them with an onion and some olive oil. Generously season them with salt and pepper. As they become crispier and browner, add some white wine to allow them to simmer in that for extra flavor. You’ll be happy you did.
  • For the chicken, lay them out on a similar baking sheet. You want to finely chop the almonds and set them aside in a bowl. Take the spicy brown mustard and lather some on one side of the chicken. Then lay that same side of the chicken into the bowl of crushed almonds. Put the chicken on the baking sheet with the almond side facing up. You can put them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees as well. Wait until you see that almond crust get nice and crispy brown before you take them out.

 

Beer Pairing

I made a lenten sacrifice to give up wine for the holy season. I definitely enjoy my share of wine with most meals but with this recipe, I believe beer goes better with it anyway. The chicken and hearty potatoes make for a good pairing with a classic NJ IPA. Carton Brewery down in Atlantic Highlands, NJ produces some top tier quality ales and lagers. The HopPun IPA is one of my favorites. Along with the heavy hoppy flavor, it has hints of citrus which goes perfectly with the citrus salsa in the dish. You can’t go wrong with this!

 

Non Cooking Thoughts

a. I am beyond pumped to see The Many Saints of Newark which details the youthful years of Tony Soprano. James Gandolfini’s son, Michael, is going to portray the “young Tony.” It is only fitting that he gets to continue his father’s incredible legacy. For one of the higher rating shows of all time, this movie has the chance to solidify “The Sopranos” as the best mob story ever. Expected release date appears to be September 2020 but details about the cast are being leaked, like Ray Liotta’s unknown role.

b. Love that Rutgers has 2 wrestling national champions this year. Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault bringing pride to the garden state with their dominant performances last night on ESPN.

c. Ran into Devils goaltender Cory Schneider at the Summit diner after church this morning. They’ve had a rough year but it’s not everyday that you see one of your favorite team’s players at the diner. If anyone was wondering, he ordered eggs, sausage and hash-browns. Looks like he drank his coffee with milk. Even millionaire athletes enjoy a nice diner breakfast with their families!

 

Farewell Quote

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

-Milton Friedman

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