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Tomatillo Chicken

Green salsa is made from tomatillos, fruits that look like green tomatoes wrapped in paper with a tart lemony flavor and tomato-like texture. Green salsa, especially roasted green salsa, makes a great cooking sauce and is lower in carbs than red salsa.

Type: Chicken, Poultry
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 tablespoon 15mlOlive oil
3/4 teaspoon 3.8mlSalt
1 teaspoon 5mlCumin
4   Large whole chicken legs
1 cup 237mlMild or medium roasted tomatillo salsa
  = (depending on preference)
1/2 cup 118mlReduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlOlive oil
1/4 cup 27g / 1ozPumpkin seeds
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlSalt

Recipe Instructions

For the chicken: Arrange rack in top third of oven (about 6 inches from heat source). Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Combine salt and cumin and sprinkle chicken evenly on both sides. Brown legs 6 minutes per side, turning once, until deep golden (be careful not to let the chicken burn -- reduce heat slightly if it gets too dark).

Pour in salsa and broth; cover loosely with foil. Transfer to oven and bake 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the garnish: Heat oil in a small skillet. Add seeds and cook, shaking pan, 1 to 2 minutes, until seeds are lightly toasted and slightly puffed (seeds may pop). Sprinkle with salt; set aside.

Uncover chicken and bake 5 to 6 minutes more, until deeply browned. To serve, transfer to a platter, spoon juices over chicken and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Carbohydrates: 9.5 grams

Net Carbs: 6.5 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Protein: 48 grams

Fat: 32.5 grams

Calories: 525

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