Main Dishes Recipes — By Ben on 23 September 2009
Chicken “a la mexicana”

Pollo a la mexicana

In my last post I mentioned that salsas in Mexico are probably the most important part of our cuisine. Although there are many of them in every region of the country, one stands out. This is the classic a la mexicana sauce that is used for many dishes. A la mexiana is a term that refers to something being cooked in this salsa: huevos (eggs) a la mexiana, bistec (steak) a la mexicana, pollo (chicken) a la mexicana, etc.

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This salsa is called a la mexicana because the three main ingredients, tomatoes, onions and green peppers (either jalapeno or serrano), represent the colors of the Mexican flag. This salsa is very easy to prepare and you can make it to spice up almost anything. This time I made a very simple chicken dinner using it, one of my favorites from my parents’ restaurant, pollo a la mexicana.

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Pollo a la mexicana

The ingredients:

  • 4 chicken thighs in the bone
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

The how-to:

  1. In a sauce pan sautee onion and garlic. When they start to turn golden brown add the chicken. Brown both sides.
  2. Add tomato and pepper to the pan mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  3. Add cumin and adjust seasoning. Simmer until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes.
  4. Serve with rice and tortillas.

The afterthoughts:

  • Some people like to prepare the sauce separately, but I think cooking the chicken in it gives it a much better flavor. You can add other condiments and herbs such as oregano, parsley or cilantro. The heat of this sauce can be adjusted by adding or reducing the amount of peppers.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(17) Readers Comments

  1. I have a brother who won't eat any meal without his salsa. He makes his own and always has a fresh, full bowl in the fridge. Growing up with salsa (or chile) on the table becomes an expected part of your everyday cuisine. Love the recipe. :)

  2. So easy and so good looking Ben! Thights are my favourite too and the salsa makes me droll ;D

  3. This is a simple but delicious looking dish.

  4. That must have been quite amazing in taste Ben. I do have to say that for some reason the dish itself looks a bit scary…:) Maybe it's the bright red!

  5. Delicious Ben! I would definitely be adding cilantro to that sauce.

  6. Your a la mexicana sauce sounds delicious. I was thinking it will also taste great with Schnitzel.

  7. What a great simple dish & I'm sure its full of flavor!

  8. Yummy, like a Mexican Marinara!

  9. that looks really good because the salsa seems to have become more part of the chicken than a separate topping.

  10. Guau. Ese plato se ve delicioso. voy a tener que guardar esta receta y preparala muy pronto. ¡Gracias por poner el signo invertido de exclamación! :)

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