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Grilled Chicken With Green Chile Sauce 4th of July
Marinate meats to make them tender without adding a lot of fat. On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was
approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies
on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon oregano and backyard barbecues across the country.
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup water Fourth of July Cookouts
10 to 12 tomatillos, husks removed and cut in half
1/2 medium onion, quartered More than 1 in 4
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the
2 serrano or jalapeno peppers Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped to 17.6 million market hogs and pigs on March 1, 2008. This
1/4 teaspoon salt represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s total. North
1/4 cup low fat sour cream (or Homemade Sour Cream) Carolina (9 million) and Minnesota (6.7 million) were the
juice of 2 limes runners-up. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Combine the oil, juice from one lime, oregano, and black pepper
in a shallow glass baking dish. Stir. Place the chicken breasts in 6.8 billion pounds
the baking dish and turn to coat each side. Cover the dish and Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2007. Chances
refrigerate overnight. Turn the chicken periodically to marinate are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your
chicken on both sides. backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted
Put water, tomatillos, and onion into a saucepan. Bring to a for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the
gentle boil and cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from
tomatillos are tender. In a blender, place the cooked onion, Nebraska (4.7 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
tomatillos, and any remaining water. Add the garlic, peppers,
cilantro, salt, and the remaining lime juice. Blend until all the
ingredients are smooth. Place the sauce in a bowl and refrigerate. Georgia
The state that led the nation in watermelon production last year
Place the chicken breasts on a hot grill and cook until done. (1 billion pounds). Other leading producers of this popular
Place the chicken on a serving platter. Fourth of July dessert included California, Florida and Texas,
Spoon a tablespoon of low fat sour cream over each chicken each with more than 400 million pounds.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
breast. Pour the sauce over the sour cream.
More than 74 million
Yield: 4 servings--Serving size: 1 breast Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a
Each serving provides: barbecue during the previous year. It’s probably safe to assume a
Calories: 192 lot of these events took place on Independence Day.
Total fat: 5 g Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2008, Table 1213
Saturated fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 71 mg
Sodium: 220 mg
Calcium: 53 mg
Iron: 2 mg
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