Almost as good as having an orange tree that provides us with hundreds upon hundreds of oranges (and lime and grapefruit trees) is having a neighbor with a bountiful lemon tree who is happy to share. We opened our front door the other morning to find a lovely bag of fresh lemons left for us. Oh how wonderful fresh, homegrown citrus is. The flavor is so much better, they are much more juicy, and so much more fragrant that anything you can buy in the markets.
Now we just need a lovely way to use up said lemons. Pollo Asado Cubano seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Asado basically means to roast. Food prepared ‘asado’ is charred until lightly brown, softened, and blistered. This can be done directly over an open flame, in a heavy cast iron skillet, or in a very hot oven. My favorite way is on the grill. But, cast iron is lovely too. This one, I wanted to have a lot of sauce that cooked down into the perfect browned, delicious ‘asado’.
We started out with 3 nice sized chicken breasts, split to thin them out a bit and let them marinate for awhile, and then a nice slow cook in a big cast iron skillet with some butter. Everything cooked down, nice and slow until the liquid was mostly absorbed, the chicken was browned and the onions were caramelized.
It cooked probably about 25 minutes. I melted butter into a hot cast iron skillet, and kept the temperature low, and cooked it slowly
- 3 large boneless chicken breasts – pounded thin, or cut thin
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp crushed garlic
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- juice of 3 medium lemons
- 1/2 a medium onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
Mix together olive oil, lemon juice, onions and all spices, add in chicken and let sit 20 minutes. Keep in mind, as nice as long marinades are, citrus does begin to “cook” your meat and too long of a marinade can make it tough.
Melt butter in a hot skillet on low heat and add in your chicken and marinade. Maintain an even, steady, but low heat. Flip chicken when first side has a nice browned look, and continue cooking until chicken is done, onions are caramelized and marinade is mostly cooked down.
The boys had theirs on garlic mashed potatoes, mine was on a bed of lettuce. Yum!
Now, to find a nice sweet, gluten free lemon recipe for the boys!