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Soft Tacos Of Grilled Chicken Breast

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a aunthetic mexican dish
  Jalapeno chiles 4 (stems removed)
  Roasted poblano tomato salsa 2 Cup (32 tbs) (plus more if you've got a salsa-hungry crowd)
  Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon
  Limes 3 , cut into 6 wedges
  Boneless chicken breast 3 1⁄2 Pound
  Green onions 18 (roots and wilted greens removed)
  Vegetable oil/Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Steamed hot corn tortillas 3 Dozen


In a small ungreased skillet, dry-roast the jalapenos over medium heat, turning them regularly until the chiles are soft and well darked in spots, 5 to 10 minutes. Place in a food processor or blender with 3/4 cup of the salsa, the Worcestershire and the juice from 3 or 4 lime wedges. Process to a smooth puree. Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer in a baking dish, pour the salsa mixture over them, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour but not more than overnight.

Preheat a gas grill or light a charcoal fire and let burn until the coals are covered with gray ash. With a brush (or an oil mister), lightly coat the green onions with oil, then lay them over the fire in a pot that's not too hot. Grill, turning them regularly, until they're soft, sweet and mouthwateringly browned, about 4 minutes. Remove 2 of the largest green onions, chop them into 1/4-inch pieces and stir into the remaining 1 1/4 cups of salsa. Squeeze another lime wedge or two over the remaining onions and keep them warm on the side of the grill or in a low oven.

Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, scraping as much as possible back into the pan; reserve the marinade. Brush (or mist) the chicken lightly on both sides with oil, lay on well-oiled hot grill grates until cooked through but still juicy, about 8 minutes per side. During the last couple of minutes on the grill, brush a nice coating of the reserved marinade over the chicken.

Slice the chicken into 1/2-inch-wide strips, scoop it onto a warm serving platter and flank with the grilled onions and lime wedges. Pass the platter with hot tortillas kept warm in a towel-lined basket. Let your guests make their own soft tacos with the chicken and grilled onions, encouraging them to spoon on the salsa-onion mixture and squeeze on lime to their liking.

NOTE: In Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen, we described a good method for heating corn tortillas. Wrap them by the dozen in clean kitchen towels, lay the packages in a single layer in a steamer, set the lid in place, bring the water to a strong boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes. For larger quantities, as called for in this recipe, you may find the following easier: Set a cooling rack over a roasting pan containing about 12 inch of simmering water; lay the tortillas a few at a time on the rack and steam them until thoroughly soft. Stack them by the dozen, wrap in towels and keep warm in a small ice chest (without ice of course) or similar insulated container. You may also heat the corn tortillas in the microwave (wrapped in microwave-grade plastic wrap in stacks of 10 to 12) for 1 minute on high before storing them in an insulated container, though they don't tend to be quite as freshly moist.

Recipe Summary

South American
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Anyone who's experienced the enticing allure of spicy grilled chicken from a street stall in Mexico will understand what this dish is all about. Lip-tingling seared chicken (here chicken breasts) dressed out with Roasted Poblano-Tomato Salsa and lime is served wrapped in soft, steamy tortillas with grilled green onions. These are some of the most classic flavors from Mexico, and they're perfect for summer entertaining. Start your guests with some Tangy Green Guacamole and accompany your tacos with a big salad or bowls of pinto beans simmered with bacon and roasted tomato.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 643 Calories from Fat 77

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8 g12.6%

Saturated Fat 4.7 g23.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 115.1 mg38.4%

Sodium 349.7 mg14.6%

Total Carbohydrates 86 g28.8%

Dietary Fiber 6.2 g24.8%

Sugars 1.2 g

Protein 55 g109.5%

Vitamin A 23.7% Vitamin C 35.2%

Calcium 19.5% Iron 32.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Soft Tacos Of Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe