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Dinner Tonight: Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce
I was initially attracted to this recipe for chicken with pumpkin seed sauce because of the similarities between it and Leo Maya's chicken with green sauce. Both cook the chicken in a glorious green sauce littered with tomatillos and chiles, but I found out that the similarities don't really stack up much beyond that. Where the Leo Maya's chicken was bright and acidic, this one is layered and rich with two kinds of seeds (sesame and pumpkin) and handful of pistachios. Both are incredible, but the complexity stuffed into this weeknight meal is unparalleled.
That said, it's not exactly as simple a dish to prepare as Leo Maya's, even if it can be done in under an hour and there aren't that many ingredients. That's especially true if you happen to have the seeds hanging out in your pantry. I had just made a batch of Ersatz Papalote's salsa, and was left with some pumpkin seeds. I did have to go out to buy the pistachios, but even if you don't have those, this gorgeous meal is certainly the effort. If you're in a rut with your Mexican meals, this one will set you right.
About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is a co-founder of The Paupered Chef, a blog dedicated to saving time and money while enjoying food in every way possible. He sells wine for a living and lives in Columbus, Ohio.