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Soft Tacos With Chicken and Tomato-Corn Salsa

This was a fantastic taco recipe and a nice change of pace from the typical ground beef tacos with lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese and salsa that we usually have. The Tomato-Corn Salsa is a delicious medley of fresh flavors. We used a mixture of grape and yellow pear tomatoes from our garden, sliced in half. It made for a beautifully colored salsa that was quite filling.

The original recipe called for poached chicken, but I knew I wanted to grill the corn – it really brings out the sweetness – so I figured that marinated, grilled chicken would taste so much better. The Cilantro-Lime marinade kept the chicken moist and tasty and added another dimension of flavor to the dish. Crock Pot Mexican Chicken is another great chicken recipe for tacos

 

I like to cook vegetarian once a week. It’s cheaper and faster, usually. So I started thinking how I could change this for a faster, weeknight meal. I think that garden zucchini cut in large strips (brushed in olive oil and seasoned to taste with salt, pepper, and cumin) or black beans would be great substitutions for the chicken if you’re in a bit of a crunch and don’t have time for marinading the chicken, or if you’d simply rather a meatless meal.

 

Soft Tacos With Chicken and Tomato-Corn Salsa

Soft Tacos With Chicken and Tomato-Corn Salsa

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

The marinade makes perfect chicken taco filling! I'd also love to use it as a quick sauce to make vegetarian tacos, using strips of zucchini or black bean as the main filling.

Ingredients

Cilantro Lime Marinade

  • 1/2 c lime juice
  • 2 Tbs white wine vinegar
  • large handful of cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, halved and seeded
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 c olive oil

Tacos

  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ear of corn, grilled
  • 1/2 pound ripe grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound ripe yellow pear tomatoes, halved
  • 2 jalapeño, seeded if desired and minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 lb. chicken tenderloins
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Put all marinade ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour over chicken in a resealable plastic bag and let marinade in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
  2. Preheat the grill. Toss together the tomatoes, minced jalapeño, cilantro, and onion. Season to taste with salt, and add 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice.
  3. Rub corn with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and put on the grill, turning every 4 minutes. Grill until tender, golden, and slightly browned.
  4. Remove chicken from the marinade and grill over medium-high heat until a thermometer reads 160 degrees F. Remove chicken from the grill, wrap in foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into strips.
  5. Cut corn off the cob and add to tomato mixture. Slice chicken into strips, place in a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of lime juice.
  6. Warm tortillas in a tortilla warmer or by wrapping in damp paper towels and microwaving for 30 seconds on high heat. Place one or two on each plate, top with shredded chicken and a generous spoonful of the salsa, and sprinkle cheese on top. Serve, passing additional salsa if there is any at the table.

Notes

adapted from The New York Times

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 362Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 44mgSodium 752mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 20g

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Jen

Friday 11th of September 2009

MMMmmm I made these last night. Soo yummy! My boyfriend ate 4!!

Peanut Sprout

Sunday 2nd of August 2009

My kids will love this. I'm going to save this for when our pear tomatoes finally ripen. Sounds & looks delicious.

oneshotbeyond

Tuesday 28th of July 2009

great looking light and fresh tacos!

Anonymous

Tuesday 28th of July 2009

Am making it now looks, smells and tastes great so far! The salsa is amazing!

journeytowholefoods

Tuesday 28th of July 2009

now that says summer!