Blackened Chicken Tacos: A Little Bit of Mexico At Home

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Chicken tacos, what else is there more to want than this?  Maybe a beer to go with it….

Ingredients

1 chicken breast
1 tablespoon of crushed black pepper
1 tablespon of Cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of Paprika
1 teaspoon of canola oil
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/5 of a lemon
2 corn tortillas (white or yellow)
2 tablespoons of oil
1/4 cup of yellow onions
1/4 cup of cilantro

Directions

Take the chicken breast and cut it into various small strips.  After this is done, rub down all the chicken with all the salt and peppers.  After it is completely rubbed down and covers all portions of the chicken, pour in the canola oil and lemon.  Let this marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Take the onions and dice them finely. You can either top your tacos with the onions as is, or you can grill them and caramelize them to give them some more depth.  I always just grill the onions with some canola oil to give it some color and a grilled taste.  Take the cilantro and dice them finely as well.  After all the prep work is done, take the chicken out of the refrigerator and get out a non-stick saute pan.  Pour some canola oil into the pan and start frying the chicken up.  ( IF YOU HAVE A GRILL, YOU CAN JUST BRUSH CANOLA OIL ONTO THE CHICKEN AND GRILL IT INSTEAD).  After the chicken is cooked, remove it from the heat source and let the chicken rest for at least 5 minutes!!!! This is very important because this prevents all the juice form leaking out of the meat if you were to start shredding it right away.

After the chicken is done resting, start shredding the chicken with your fingers.  Now put a corn tortilla (or 2 if you want to double layer the taco) onto a skillet.  Let it warm up and when it becomes pliable, take it out of the pan and start buidling the taco.  Lay the shredded chicken down first, then the grilled onions, then the cilantro.  At this point , it is up to your discretion if you want to put other condiments, such as avocado, hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream, etc.  I prefer to put guacamole, sour cream, and some fresh squeezed lime.  At the very core of the taco though is the chicken, onions, cilantro, everything else after that is up to the person making or eating it, so ENJOY my recipe and be creative!

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~ by thankgoditsfood on October 2, 2009.

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