Guisado de Pollo (Chicken and Potato Stew) with Charred Corn Salad

Guisado de Pollo

Though I haven’t posted for a very long time, I have still been finding some tasty things to cook and making them.  I subscribed to Saveur on the iPad and their Mexican food issue had some really delicious things.  This chicken and potato stew also has pineapple and chipotle peppers in it, which makes for a really amazing range of flavor.  It’s easy and delicious.  We made it twice in one week.

The second time we made it, we put a really tasty corn salad on the side that I found in Food and Wine.  Tastes just like summer!

Guisado de Pollo

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup canola oil
1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 small white onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped fresh or canned pineapple
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried thyme
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 canned chipotles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, quartered lengthwise
1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cut into ½” cubes
4 cups chicken stock
3 sprigs cilantro
1 (15-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes in juice, crushed
2 tbsp. capers, rinsed
Juice of 1 lime

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and working in batches, add to pan, and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool; using a fork, finely shred meat and set aside.

2. Return saucepan to heat, and add onion, carrot, and peppers; cook, stirring, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add pineapple, cumin, thyme, garlic, chipotles, and jalapeño, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add reserved shredded chicken back to pan along with potatoes, stock, epazote, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Add capers and juice, and season with salt and pepper before serving.

The first time we made it, the capers were a little over-powering, particularly as leftovers, so on the second round, I dialed them back a bit.  Garnished the stew with sour cream, fresh cilantro, avocado and fresh grape tomatoes.

Charred Corn Salad

4 large ears of corn, shucked
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons torn mint leaves
3 tablespoons torn parsley leaves
3 tablespoons torn cilantro leaves

Heat a large grill pan. Brush the corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning, until crisp-tender, about 12 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the onion and lime juice and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in the syrup, jalapeño and 2 tablespoons of oil and season with salt and pepper.
Working in a large bowl, cut the kernels off the cobs in sections. Add the onion dressing and toss. Add the mint, parsley and cilantro and toss again. Serve warm.

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