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Almond Chicken (Pollo Almendrado)




  1. Process almonds, about 1/4 at a time, with on/off pulses in electric spice grinder to fine powder. Dip chicken into almonds on small plate to coat all sides; reserve remaining almonds.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and the butter in deep 10-inch skillet over medium heat until foam subsides. Add as many breasts as will fit in single layer without crowding. Cook until chicken is light brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side, reducing heat if almonds get too dark; remove to plate.
  3. Repeat with remaining chicken, adding 1 tablespoon oil, if needed.
  4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the onion to skillet; sauté over medium heat until soft, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add chile, chopped tomato and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add stock, salt and reserved almonds; heat over high heat to boiling. Add chicken to skillet; reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken to serving dish; keep warm, covered.
  7. Add cream to cooking liquid; heat over medium-high heat to boiling. Cook and stir until sauce is slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes; pour over chicken.
  8. Garnish with tomato wedge and cilantro.


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