Tomatillos are one of those things that I am just figuring out what to do with. I remember as a kid peeling the husks off them all summer long since my mom grew them in her garden but all I remember her really making was her tomatillo salsa.
Every once in awhile I end up with a small bag of them from a friend or our produce delivery. Never enough to actually make a whole batch of salsa with. But now I can say I have two recipes that use tomatillos. One is my green chicken chili, which I promise to post soon, and the other is this incredible Creamy Tomatillo Chicken recipe.
If you can prepare the sauce the night before it is perfect for a busy workday. Just come home, take the marinated chicken out of the bag, and bake. After marinating for that long you are sure to get a super juicy and flavorful chicken breast. The ranch gives it a nice refreshing quality while the cilantro and lime give it a little zip! While I served this with rice which was awesome, I really want to try the chicken chopped up over some greens with corn, black beans, and some red bell pepper. The sauce would make for an amazing dressing over a little southwest salad!
1 c mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
2 1/2 tsp garlic
1 c cilantro leaves
4 tomatillos, husked and chopped
1 tsp lime juice
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Extra cilantro leaves
- Add into a blender the mayonnaise, buttermilk, ranch dressing mix, garlic, cilantro, tomatillos, and lime juice.
Blend until well combined and transfer about half of the mix to a one-gallon Ziploc Bag.
- Add the chicken to the bag and seal tightly.
- Store the chicken in the fridge and marinade anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.
- Transfer the remaining marinade in a small bowl, cover, and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
- When ready to begin cooking preheat the oven to 375º and transfer the chicken breasts to a baking dish.
- Dispose of the leftover marinade.
- Bake the chicken for 20–25 minutes or until cooked completely through.
- Transfer the cooked chicken to the plate and poor the additional sauce over the top.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and some fresh cilantro leaves.
Recipe adapted from Creme de la Crumb.