Monday, January 6, 2014

Marinated Chicken Tacos

Next time you have a craving for tacos, PLEASE consider dumping the sodium-laden, super processed taco kit from the grocery store and try this fresh, delicious alternative.  This marinade is my absolute favorite, the one where I can't stop sneaking scraps of the meat while I prepare the rest of the meal, the one where there are never leftovers.  This marinade can be used with steak or chicken and is fantastic with either.  It comes together in minutes and come dinner time you can have these tacos on the table even faster than the pre-packaged alternative. 

In the summer we cook the chicken on the grill, but since it was all of 17 degrees out tonight we settled for the grill pan in the kitchen.  We also tailor our taco fillings to the time of year, our mood, and what we have on hand.  Tonight we used avocado and Greek yogurt for some protein and healthy fat, but in the summer we would add local tomatoes and corn.  Any way you dress it up, this is a super easy recipe that is perfect for a weeknight!

Marinated Chicken Tacos

For the marinade:
1/3 c white vinegar
1/2 c soy sauce
1/2 c olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
juice of 2 limes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb chicken breast
cooking spray

To garnish:
6 in corn tortillas
Greek yogurt

1. Put all marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.  Add the chicken breast and marinate for a minimum of 6 hours and up to overnight.
2. Spray a grill pan over medium heat with cooking spray.  When hot, add chicken breasts and cook until done (about 5-7 minutes per side).  A trick for this is using a panini plate or even another pan on top of the chicken once you flip it.  This allows the heat to circulate so the chicken cooks more quickly and the outside doesn't burn.
3. Allow the chicken to rest for about 5 minutes.  While it rests, microwave the tortillas as directed on the package and dice the avocado.
4.  Slice the chicken, assemble your tacos, and enjoy!

Marinade recipe from For the Love of Cooking

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