Chicken with Watermelon Salsa

A light—and sweet—summer entrée

by - Posted on Jul 1, 2006

Dinner recipes: Chicken and Watermelon Dish

Did you know that the quintessential summer fruit is also one of the healthiest? Naturally low-cal and practically fat-free, watermelon is rich in vitamins C and A, antioxidants that fight cardiovascular disease. It's also loaded with lycopene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate, lung and other cancers.

Here's a way to enjoy it as an entrée in chicken with watermelon salsa. Whatta melon, indeed!

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh lime juice 

1 tablespoon sugar

3 cups chopped, seeded watermelon

1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped

½ cup chopped red onion

¼ cup chopped scallions

2 tablespoons minced, seeded jalapeno peppers

2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

4 boneless chicken breast halves, skinned

cooking spray

Preparation

1. Put all ingredients except chicken and cooking spray in a mixing bowl and toss gently.

2. Cover and chill until cold, at least 1 hour. 

3. Place chicken breasts on a piece of plastic wrap. Fold wrap over chicken. 

4. Slightly flatten upper portion of each breast with a chef's knife or mallet. 

5. Spray skillet with cooking spray and preheat to medium high. 

6. Cook chicken until done and juices run clear, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side." 

7. Spoon salsa over chicken and serve.

Chef de Cuisine and registered dietitian Kyle Shadix knows good food. He's a Culinary Institute of America graduate and has an M.S. in nutrition.

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