Friday, June 17, 2011

Spicy Marinated Turkey Cutlets

This is a really, really quick meal to prepare because cutlets are thin and cook very fast, and you can marinate it ahead of time while you do other things (like living your life and whatnot). The turkey is delicious while still tasting like turkey; it's got both zip and zest, refreshing at the same time as spicy. This meal was a real winner. Not to mention fast and easy. It's a keeper!

1/8 teaspoon spicy seasoning blend (I used Slap Ya Mamma Cajun seasoning)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4-5 ounces turkey cutlets (you could also use chicken tenders or chicken breast cutlets)
1 small lime or lemon wedge (or 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice)

you'll also need:
an appropriate-size sealable plastic bag
medium non-stick frying pan

 1. combine the seasoning blend and oil in a re-sealable plastic bag. (Actually, if I do this again I'll put it in a bowl and coat the turkey first before putting the whole thing in the plastic bag -- that would do a more even job).
2. slide the turkey into the bag and turn it over a few times, until evenly coated. Close the bag, pressing out any air. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes, or for up to 12 hours in the fridge.

3. heat pan over medium heat, then put in the turkey. Cook until both sides are golden brown and the center is no longer pink, about 3 to 5 minutes. You'll know it's time to flip it over because you'll start seeing the white through the translucent side. Trust me, you'll know when it's time.
4. serve, and sprinkle the lemon juice over it. I made it with a side of steamed green beans and mushrooms, over which I sprinkled another 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice.
5. enjoy your quick and healthy meal! If you want a nice side-dish of carbohydrates, I recommend fluffy white rice with butter stirred in. That can never go wrong.

I got this recipe from Serves One.

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