The first winner of the "Follow My Blog" and "Win a Dinner cooked by the Kaptain" was Alex Lindh. As the winner, Alex was served the above dish, a Mole-Rubbed Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa and Lime Cilantro Rice. If you are unfamiliar with mole-rub it is derived from the Aztec word for sauce and is the national dish of Mexico, as important as the Thanksgiving turkey is to Americans, but served more frequently. Unlike the American characterization of mole as a "chocolate sauce," the chocolate is almost incidental. Mole is essentially a red chile sauce with tomatillos that is thickened and enriched with nuts and seeds and augmented by various spices.
I made my mole rub with light brown sugar, chili powder, unsweetened cocoa, ground cumin, salt & pepper. As Alex calls it, the "cocoa mole chicken" smelled a little funky while cooking it but it tasted awesome. The avocado-mango salsa was my favorite part (and I'm not a huge mango fan with my meal). The salsa is made with lime zest, lime juice, honey, avocado cubes, mango cubes, quartered grape tomatoes, chopped red onion, cilantro, and salt. According to Alex, the salsa was "delectable" and he would recommend a nice dry white wine to accompany this flavor packed dish. On the side I made a lime cilantro rice (similar to one of my previous meals), which is long grain white rice, chicken bouillon, lime juice, cilantro and salt.
Overall, Alex's final words were, "This meal will leave your palate pleased. Delish or Leelish!?"
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I've had some request for recipes. If you'd like one, please just email me at Lee.Karchawer@gmail.com. I get most of my recipes from a few different sites online and sometimes combine different ideas I find.
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