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Chicken Costa Brava Recipe

Chicken Costa Brava

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"This dish, influenced by the cuisine of the Costa Brava region of northern Spain, marries the saltiness of olives and the sweet, tropical flavors of pineapple. Serve over a bed of rice."

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  1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Sprinkle with salt.
  2. In a large frying pan, brown chicken in oil. Combine cumin and cinnamon, and sprinkle over chicken. Add garlic and onion; cook until onion is soft. Add reserved pineapple juice, tomatoes, olives, and salsa. Cover, and simmer 25 minutes.
  3. Mix cornstarch with water; stir into pan juices. Add bell pepper, and simmer until sauce boils and thickens. Stir in pineapple chunks, and heat through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 08, 2004

I'll admit that I was very wary of the combination of the ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised, as were my dinner guests. The word to describe this dish is complex. As others have noted, every bite is different, but they work together. It definitely will get the guests talking. Thank you!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 03, 2008

I scaled this recipe in half for just two of us; even so, we'll still have leftovers. I also cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces as others advised. Added about 1/4tsp cayenne pepper, but I would definitely double the cumin-cinnamon seasoning if I were to make this again. Served over steamed brown basmati rice. Thanks for sharing, ChristyJ!

Dec 03, 2003

This recipe is awesome!! I serve it over white rice. There is a different flavor with every bite and never any leftovers!!

Jun 23, 2003

I added mandarin oranges, green olives, and curry to this wonderful dish. I could've eaten the sauce alone, it was so chuncky and flavorful!

Jan 09, 2008

This was very tasty, but I must admit that I mostly used a different recipe for Chicken Costa Brava that I found in an old cookbook. All of the ingredients are the same, but some of the quantities are different: 2 whole chicken breasts instead of 5, 8 oz of tomatoes instead of 14.5, 1 cup of salsa instead of 1/2 cup, 2 tsp of cornstarch instead of 2 tbsp, and a mixture of black and green olives instead of 2 cups of black. I used a medium-heat salsa, and whole tomatoes that I crushed before adding. I wonder if maybe it was these small differences that kept mine from being "bland," as some people are complaining? Anyway, the fella liked it - the pineapple bits were particularly spicy and tangy and delicious - so next time I'll make it the Allrecipes way and update.

Jun 23, 2003

I am glad my family likes to try different international dishes or I would have never made this wonderful chicken dish! It is so good! I used a whole chicken, and the only complaint was that some of the pieces (like the wings)were hard to pick up and eat because of the great sauce that covers the chicken. I will try boneless breats cut into strips next time I make it, which will probably be very soon!

Nov 28, 2005

OMG!! This is SOOOO good!! The only changes that I made were to add extra onion (we love them) and leave out the corn starch. Try it ~ You won't be sorry!! Yummy!!!

Feb 24, 2008

Sweet and spicy! Fantastic flavor combination; even the BF who usually forgoes spicy foods said this was a winner. Earlier suggestions to cut chicken into bite-sized pieces seem to be a good idea, as we liked this over rice and it would've made it a little neater to eat. All in all a delicious meal. Thanks for this submission!


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  • Calories
  • 239 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.6 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 28.6 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 495 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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