It’s 4:30 in the afternoon. The kids typically eat between 5:30 and 6:00. “What’s for dinner?” they ask. “What’s on hand?” I silently wonder. Perusing the ‘fridge I find most of the ingredients for Aztec Chicken. I like this recipe; it’s flexible. I consider it one of those template recipes. The basic way to make it stays the same, but ingredients and proportions can vary. The recipe accommodates the cook rather than the other way around. A secondary plus is that servings of the same Aztec Chicken meal can be either spicy or bland. Thus, it can simultaneously be comfort food for both kids and adults. Third, because the flavors blend together over time, the left-overs can taste even better than the original servings. (And tasty left-overs are important given my cooking strategy.)

I found the recipe in The Blue Plate Diner Cookbook and re-posted it (with permission) on my side page Everyday dinners easy enough to cook every day. But I’ll describe the quick gist of it here. Briefly saute sliced onion and sweet red and green peppers in olive oil. (I added pressed garlic). Season the mixture with chili powder and cumin. (You could add or substitute other seasonings. I added salt.) Meanwhile, pound 4 boneless chicken breasts to make them thin and easy to roll. Spread a piece of foil for each breast on the counter, and on each place one 10-inch, flour tortilla. (You can use corn if you prefer). On each tortilla place one breast. (I only had 6-inch tortillas, so I cut the chicken breasts in half and put each half on a smaller tortilla.) Then spoon the pepper mixture over the chicken breasts. (I didn’t put the spicy peppers on the kids’ chicken.) On top of the peppers and chicken, place a slice of Swiss or Provolone cheese. (I had neither, so I substituted shredded mozzarella.) Wrap the tortilla around the chicken, peppers, and cheese, and roll it all up in the foil. (Cristie rolls MORE food!) Put the foil packets in a pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

I served it with steamed asparagus, which the adults enjoyed and the kids didn’t. But everyone liked the Aztec Chicken. 

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