Wednesday, January 23

cilantro lime chicken tacos with homemade tomatillo sauce

I had a craving for some craft tacos and since a trip to the city wasn't going to happen, I took matters into my own hands. Based on a recipe from Bobby Flay, I came up with these feastly cilantro lime chicken tacos. Now, I don't like to toot my own horn but these tacos were definitely brag-worthy. Times 100. A little labor intensive but absolutely worth it in the end.

Chicken, two limes, olive oil, cilantro, six tomatillos, two serrano peppers, 
one large yellow onion (diced), corn tortillas, cotija cheese, pepper jack cheese, avocado, garlic

First, marinate chicken in lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and cilantro. In the meantime, shuck and wash tomatillos, then roast in the oven on 400 degrees until blackened, turning periodically to blacken all sides. In a food processor, mix tomatillos, two cloves of garlic, half an onion, one serrano pepper and the juice of one lime until a salsa forms. Transfer tomatillo into a medium sauce pan. Add marinated chicken and one-fourth of the remaining onions and cook on medium heat. Once thoroughly cooked, shred chicken and simmer in sauce on low heat until ready to serve.

In a small bowl, mash avocado, lime juice to taste, salt and pepper, the remaining onions and a bit of cilantro to make a guacamole mixture.

Next, take your corn tortillas (I love Trader Joe's Corn/Wheat Tortillas) and sprinkle a small amount of pepper jack cheese on them. Broil until cheese melts. Add shredded tomatillo chicken, a bit of guacamole, cotija cheese crumbles and any other ingredients you like (I chose some more serrano peppers and sour cream) and FEAST.


pretty little things said...

this looks delicious! I love anything with cilantro! xo

Taylor Hart said...

Holy smokes! That look delicious! New Follower... now I'm hungrey.

Shannon said...

Be still my heart! This seriously looks like the most delicious dinner EVER!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I am SO glad you posted this recipe. I was dying when I saw them on IG the other day.

Do you have a recommendation for pre-made tomatillo sauce? I have yet to purchase a blender/food processor. Also, I'm lazy.

Lena said...

My mouth is literally watering. My world has been deprived of good Mexican food (including ingredients like cheddar cheese.. wut?!) since we moved. OHMYGOSH how I miss it!

Alli said...

um, can you come cook for me? That looks like it tastes so good it might change my life.

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

MMM... I'm not droooling... (yes I am)

this seriously looks delicious.

<3 katherine
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vogueandheels said...

That looks delicious! I need to try this!


Martha Rule said...

Kind of embarrassed I've never cooked with a tomatillo, sounds tasty and need to try!

angie said...

YUM!!!! I looove the sound of this recipe...I have to try it!