June 1, 2011

Super Easy Chicken Tacos

This is one of those great weeknight recipes- it's quick, but still healthy and delicious! No marinating time, either!

Chicken Tacos

1 lb. chicken breasts (whole or cut into 2" strips)

1 jalapeno (stemmed, seeded and chopped)

1 clove garlic, crushed or finely minced

juice 1 lime

sea salt

freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

canola oil

jack cheese, shredded

salsa verde (canned or in a jar)

guacamole (optional)

flour or corn tortillas

I used chicken breast meat that was already cut up into tenders / chicken finger pieces. In a bowl, combine the jalapeno (use gloves when you are handling and seeding), garlic, lime, a generous pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. If your chicken isn't already cut up into 2" strips, go ahead and cut it. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat. Heat about 1 Tbsp. canola oil in a pan large enough to hold the chicken in a single layer over medium heat. Add the chicken and all of the bowl's contents. Cook about 10 minutes each side- you want it to cook mostly through, but if it hasn't browned, that's ok. Remove the chicken from the pan and place in a new bowl, using two forks, shred the chicken. Meanwhile, pour about 4 Tbsp. canola oil into the pan you were just using. Add the shredded chicken back to the pan- you may need to do this in two batches, and turn up the heat to a little above medium. Fry the chicken for a few minutes, this will help it cook all the way through but also crisp and brown up the outside a little. Once it's nicely browned and a little crispy, place in a bowl.

Heat your tortillas, either in a pan over the stove or in the microwave (you can wrap them in a paper towel and microwave for about 15 seconds or so). To assemble the tacos, start with a warm tortilla, then spoon on some chicken, then sprinkle generously with the shredded jack, a spoonful or two of salsa verde and then guacamole (store bought or homemade). Salsa verde is primarily tomatillos- I buy mine in the Spanish food section of the grocery store. It comes in small cans or in glass jars.

You'll be pleasantly surprised that this is not only very fast and easy, but it tastes great! This also makes really good leftovers. You can have it the next day for lunch or dinner if you have enough. You can double the recipe if you want to have more- 1 lb. of chicken is probably going to only feed 2-3 people.

1 comment:

Farida said...

My kids love chicken and I will try your recipe for my son on weekends. Your son is very handsome, greeting him. Thanks for share.