To go along with the chorizo tacos and the beef tacos I had made on Sunday I also wanted to make some chicken tacos. I didn’t want to do something with just shredded chicken, which would have been easy to do with some chicken, but I wanted something a little different with some nice sauce to go along with it. I had looked at a few different recipes I found on the Internet, but then I came upon this one from Michael Chiarello on the Food Network for a chicken taco filling. It looked pretty easy to make, only used a few ingredients and I could get it done along with all over the other things I was making that day. The original recipe is for a pretty large quantity, so I ended up scaling it down quite a bit to fit my crowd and I still had a lot left over, so you could make it even smaller if you only have a couple of people to feed. The recipe shown here is in the amounts that I actually used. If you want the larger quantities, all you need to do is double this recipe.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 onions, minced
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1/2-inch chunks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 Serrano pepper or jalapeno pepper, sliced thin
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground oregano
2-3 cups chicken broth or water
For the Tacos:
Red onion, sliced thin
Radishes, sliced thin
Salsa (homemade or store-bought)
Guacamole (homemade or store-bought)
Flour or corn tortillas
Heat a large saute pan over medium heat and pour in enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and onions and cook until the vegetables are soft and nicely caramelized, about 10 to 12 minutes.
In the meantime, season the chicken breast pieces with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken pieces and toss the chicken to coat it well. Heat another large saute pan over medium-high heat and add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Cook the chicken until it is lightly browned, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Once the onion mixture is caramelized and softened, add the chile peppers, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, cumin and oregano. When the chicken is done, transfer it to the pan with the onions. Pour in the broth or water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve the tacos, place all of your chosen toppings and the chicken filling in separate bowls along with the warmed tortillas so people can construct their own tacos.
This was a simple recipe for the chicken that yielded some great flavor thanks to the spices used. You could certainly substitute some rotisserie chicken and just heat it up with the onion mixture and spices if you have left over chicken from another meal or do not want to cook the chicken yourself. The sauce is nice and thick and clings nicely to the chicken to add another level of flavor to the dish. I would choose to make chicken tacos this way every time.
That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe. until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!