Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Recipe of the Day - Char Chicken Tacos

I think these might already be on  Mr. and Mrs Gorilla's menu, but hey they can't all be super originals.  So enjoy everyone.  For the record though... I am not a huge fan of avocado/guacamole.  I don't know why...

Char Chicken Tacos
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs (breasts work, too)
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pit removed
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
2 limes (1 quartered)
Salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder or 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
4 jalapeno peppers
1 large yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rings
  1. First, make the guacamole: In a mixing bowl, combine the avocado, garlic, cilantro, and juice of one lime. Mix thoroughly and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat a grill on medium high. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the chicken pieces and then rub them with the cumin, and chili powder or cayenne. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Add the chicken, whole jalapenos, and onion rings to the grill. Cook the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until it's lightly charred and firm to the touch. Cook the jalapenos and onions for the same amount of time, turning them to make sure they caramelize evenly.
  3. Serve the grilled chicken with the guac, grilled vegetables, hunks of fresh lime, and more cilantro.

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