Tomatillos and pepitas form the basis for pepian sauce--one version of Mexican mole. Make it a meal: Serve with beans and rice and shredded cabbage tossed with Creamy Lime-Chile Dressing. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place tomatillos, onion, 3 tablespoons pepitas, 2 tablespoons cilantro, garlic, broth and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 3/4 cup, 12 to 15 minutes. The mixture will resemble a thick paste. Remove from the heat and stir in sour cream. Set aside.

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  • Meanwhile, place one piece of chicken at a time between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even 1/4-inch thickness.

  • Whisk egg white and water in a shallow dish until combined. Whisk cornmeal and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in another shallow dish. Dip each chicken breast in egg white, then dredge in cornmeal, turning to coat evenly.

  • Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 pieces of the chicken until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan, reduce the heat slightly and repeat with the remaining oil and chicken. Serve the chicken with the reserved sauce and garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon pepitas and 1 tablespoon cilantro.

Tips

Tip: Hulled pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are medium-dark green and have a delicate nutty flavor. They are sold salted, roasted and raw, and can be found in the bulk-foods section of natural-foods stores or Mexican groceries.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; 11.5 g total fat; 2.2 g saturated fat; 66 mg cholesterol; 460 mg sodium. 408 mg potassium; 16.3 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 28.1 g protein; 134 IU vitamin a iu; 5 mg vitamin c; 14 mcg folate; 35 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 72 mg magnesium;

Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2013
This was delicious! The chicken was thin and perfectly cooked the crust was crunchy and flavorful. Then there is the sauce. The sauce has this wonderful tangy and salty quality that is truly lip-smacking good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this recipe with roma tomatoes instead of tomatillos (because I have no idea what tomatillos are and could find none at the market) and the sauce was amazing. I had quite a bit of the sauce left over and put it on several other dishes throughout the week because I enjoyed it so much. Courtney San Diego CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My family liked this so much that it is now made a least once a month. My husband had a heart attack in Dec 2008 and was told to lose weight. So we joined WW and I am always looking for new receipes to keep us both losing weight. As of Jun 2009 my husband has lost a total of 45.6 pounds roughly. So if you need great recipes this is the place. Shelly Oklahoma City OK Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe! The sauce is wonderful and the recipe is fast easy and delicious. S.B. Atlanta GA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love this recipe! I've made it several times and it always turns out delicious. The sauce is wonderful! Julia Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Love the flavors of this sauce in fact I doubled the sauce recipe and used it as part of the liquid in my rice... awesome! Anonymous Hillsboro OR Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We really enjoyed this meal the sauce was OUTSTANDING. We served it with rice and black beans and I ended up covering the rice in the sauce because it was so delicious. I really liked how moist the chicken was Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
My husband has made this a couple times and it's amazing. The sauce is so good although we use regular tomatoes instead of tomatillos about 1/2 the time. Read More