When we first moved to the US we got to know this great family that did not live far from our old place. Unfortunately they had to move back to Sweden just after a year but we have stayed in touch. Patrik and his daughter Madeleine has been visiting Chicago this past week and last night we had the pleasure of them stopping by before they had to leave our great city. Knowing Patrik and his devotion for food I decided use the Miracle Berry (I ordered it on Amazon) and make a dish from my new cookbook written by Homaro Cantu and the chicken was absolute divine!
1 Whole Chicken
2 tablespoon Salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1-tablespoon chili powder
1-tablespoon ground cumin
1-tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
8 tablespoon unsalted butter (I used olive oil)
4 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion sliced
2 jalapeños, seeded and sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
One 14 oz. can of peeled tomatoes
One 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
I lime juice
4 sprigs cilantro chopped
How to: Start by mixing the spices together in a bowl and really rub it on top of the chicken till it is completely covered as well as the inside (I ended up pouring it into the chicken). Mix the chopped cilantro and the olive oil and rub it under the skin of the chicken. Place the chicken on an oven proof dish and cook it in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 F/176C then lower the temperature of the oven and let it cook for approx. another hour or till the inside temp has reached 165F/74C. Let the chicken rest under foil for 15 minutes.
Cook the Onion and jalapeños in the olive oil till they are soft, then add garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, black pepper and cocoa and cook for another minute. Add the tomatoes, green chilies and cook for about 25 minutes, stir occasionally. Mix the sauce in with a hand blender and season with salt and lime juice.
I served the dish with roasted vegetables and paired it with a beautiful bottle of Zinfandel. Try the dish without the miracle berry then let “pill” dissolve on you tongue and discover the difference…enjoy!