Chipotle Chicken Soft Tacos
March 5, 2013
Aunt Suzy says . . .
My blog partner and I are looking for uses for leftover chicken or turkey these days, something we seem to regularly have on hand from roasting or stewing a chicken. . . or maybe buying a rotisserie chicken. I was looking for a chicken enchiladas recipe last week and was on The Homesick Texan blog when I ran across this taco recipe. It attracted me because it doesn’t use cheese, a ubiquitous ingredient in enchiladas, and looked unbelievable easy to make, which it was. It’s one of those recipes where you throw all the ingredients into a blender, heat the blended sauce up and then add chicken. What could be simpler? Oh, and did I mention these tacos are delicious and fun to eat? We served with amped-up Spanish rice and orange-avocado salad. Both the taco and Spanish rice recipes make a lot, so I’ve been enjoying for lunch. I think you could also freeze both of these for future meals.
Making the chicken in chipotle sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 small can diced tomatoes with juice
2 chipotle chiles en adobo (from a can), rinsed
1/4 medium yellow onion, cut in chunks
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch of ground allspice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons canola oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
About 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken (from stewed or roasted chicken)
Place all ingredients up to the canola oil into a blender. Blend until smooth. Place the canola oil into a medium saucepan on medium heat. Once heated, add the blended sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes, until it is a little darker and thicker. Add the chicken and stir to coat and blend and then keep on a medium burner until heated through, about 10 minutes. Ready to assemble!
Assembling the tacos
Corn or flour tortillas (I recommend corn)
Diced white onion
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Other favorite toppings – maybe avocado, tomatillo salsa, radishes, etc.
Place tortillas in foil and heat in the oven at 300 for 5 or so minutes until warm. For thin tortillas, you will want to use 2 per serving. Otherwise, for each taco, place chicken on a tortilla, top with your fave toppings and squeeze a little lime over all.
COOK’S NOTES: I just noticed on The Homesick Texan that she says 4 servings. 4 servings!! That would be for people who are going to eat 5 tacos per person :-). I think this makes enough chicken for at least 20 tacos given how many we’ve eaten and how much chicken is left.
This recipe could be made kid-friendly with no or 1 chipotle pepper, then adults could pass the hot sauce. If you omit the chipotle peppers, I recommend you add 1-2 teaspoons smoked paprika. We like to use sprouted corn tortillas from Food for Life. They are thicker, healthier, GF and have an intense corn taste. For the chicken, you can use an entire stewed or roasted chicken or chicken parts. I roasted 2 fairly large breasts and 4 legs (all bone-in/skin-on) and they were the perfect amount. To shred, I just pulled/broke the meat apart with my hands. You can also do this with 2 forks.