Monday, August 27, 2012

Lighter Shade of Pale

This is a lighter and much faster pantry version of my mom's incredible chicken zucchini and rice dish. Another example of her Uh-mazing rustic down-home dishes that were seriously to die for. I've never run across anything like them in any restaurant here in New York or SF, anywhere. She had a talent similar to a Mexican version of Lidia Bastianich on PBS. Everything was done with purpose and care. She put whole pieces of chicken, she'd cut small chunks of fresh corn on the cob, zucchini, cilantro and what I believe was a version of her Mexican rice, garlic, onion. It would all come together and become silky and aromatic. The corn would pick up all the flavors and I just remember sucking those little cob pieces. She would add the zucchini so that it would keep its character, not get soggy and would also absorb all the flavors in the pot.
Here I used frozen corn, fresh zucchini and shredded chicken from my leftover thighs, cilantro and a can of fire roasted tomatoes. I left out the rice, um because I'm an idiot and forgot it to be honest but also I was super hungry.
It was pale in comparison to mom's original dish but it was working for me this night with warm flour tortillas!

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