Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saucy Chicken Tacos

Fish tacos, ground beef tacos and now chicken tacos. Saucy Chicken Tacos to be exact.  I'll have to make shrimp tacos next to complete the superfecta. Speaking of superfecta's, it's that time of year again--live racing at Keeneland and the Derby is right around the corner.  I'm really going to try to get my act together and post some recipes that you could use for your derby party. You are having a derby party, aren't you? 

It's also getting closer to Cinco De Mayo and these tacos are the perfect way to celebrate! They're quick, saucy and super delicious! Add a side of rice and beans and you're all set. 

In an attempt to save money and be healthier, I made my own hard tacos shells. I already had corn tortillas in my pantry and couldn't find a reason to spend anymore money when I didn't need to. Bonus?  They're baked! There are a bunch of recipes on Pinterest to guide you through the process of making your own hard shells. Here's just one example.  Obviously, these will also be delicious with flour tortillas if you prefer soft tacos.  I am an equal opportunity tortilla lover.

Now, about this chicken.  It is saucy and southwestern-y and oh-so-perfect for tacos.  Did I mention it's super quick?  I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs to speed the process up a little bit.  Feel free to whip this tomato mixture up the night before and marinate it but you can also just throw it all in a skillet and go from there.

If you're like me, you'll have most of these ingredients already in your kitchen.  I have never used an entire can of chipotle peppers in any one recipe so I store them in an airtight container in the fridge.  I guess you could freeze them too.  Hmm…  I'll have to experiment with that.  Speaking of chipotles, I used two in this recipe but if you like things super spicy, knock yourself out.

This recipe is perfect for a weeknight.  It's quick, easy and delicious.  Add your favorite taco toppings and you are set!  I love white onion, cilantro, tomato, sour cream, lettuce and avocado.  I'm making myself hungry!

Saucy Chicken Tacos

1 package boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 5 or 6)
1 cup tomato sauce
2 chipotle peppers in adobo, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lime
Olive oil

Preheat skillet over medium heat.

In a small bowl, mix tomato, chipotle peppers, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, organo, salt, zest and juice.  Add chicken thighs and coat well.  Pour the entire mixture into the preheated skillet.

Cook over medium heat about 5-6 minutes on each side.  12-15 minutes total or until it registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Remove chicken from pan, transfer to a cutting board. Roughly chop chicken and add back to the pan and sauce.

Spoon chicken into taco shells and add your favorite taco toppings.  Delicioso!

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