One night we met up with some friends at a West Village French bistro Tartine. I'd definitely recommend this popular corner spot if you're ever in the neighborhood, but be prepared to wait for a table, or arrive early - it's tiny. On the brighter side, the restaurant is BYOB so go ahead and bring a bottle (or two) of your favorite wine to enjoy with your dinner.
I can be quite indecisive when it comes to ordering, so sometimes I ask the waiter's opinion. ;o) When I asked him what to order, he told me the Spicy Chicken with Guacamole is most popular entree on their menu - so that's what I picked!
Who would have ever thought to dip your chicken in guacamole? The French are always surprising us.
I recreated this recipe at home and am excited to share it with y'all. I used a modified version of Giada DeLaurentis' spicy seasoned chicken recipe and used fresh guacamole from Whole Foods (it's the best). I've never served it with frites, but next time I think I'll try that.
Have you ever attempted to recreate a recipe from your favorite restaurant? I'd love to hear your stories!
Spicy Chicken with Guacamole
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup fresh guacamole
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice chicken breasts into strips, then into 1 or 2 inch thick cubes. Place cubes into oiled baking pan.
2. In a separate bowl, combine spices with lemon juice and garlic. Mix well. Pour and rub this mixture over chicken pieces. Brush tops of chicken with oil.
3. Bake 30-40 minutes. Serve with fresh guacamole and french fries.