My chicken chili is regularly requested for parties. I wanted to recreate the same flavors in a dish that would be easier to transport. These tacos are the result. They have as popular as the original chili recipe. They're easy to make and people love the "chicken chili" flavor, and are great for using up leftover chicken. —Leith Devine
boneless, skinless chicken breasts OR an equal amount of leftover chickenl
ground dried garlic
salt and pepper to taste
cans chopped green chilis, depending on spicy you like it
can white beans (great northern or cannelini), chopped
taco shells or soft corn tortillas, your preferene
queso fresca, crumbled or jack cheese, grated
mild salsa, pureed
sour cream, to taste
sliced jalapeno peppers (optional)
In This Recipe
To cook chicken, boil water in a medium pan. When the water comes to a full boil, add chicken and bring water back to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, then shut off heat and cover tightly. Leave chicken in the hot water for 30 minutes. Check chicken with a thermometer to ensure temperature is at 165 degrees. Drain and shred chicken with 2 forks into bite-sized pieces.
Combine cumin, coriander, garlic, dried cilantro, cayenne and salt and pepper.
Chop the onion and saute with green chilis in olive oil until soft. Add spice blend and toast spices. Add the shredded chicken and chopped white beans. Combine thoroughly, warm through and set aside.
Salsa Aioli: Puree salsa (I use mild, but adjust spiciness to your taste) in a food processor. Add to mayonnaise and stir to combine.
Serve chicken mixture in taco shells or corn tortillas with fresh chopped avocados, cheese, sour cream, chopped tomato, lettuce, sliced jalapenos and fresh cilantro. Top with salsa aioli.