Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baja Chicken Tacos

Now that we're settled in our new home, my husband has been enjoying all the space of single family home living. After years of renting and living in city apartments, I'm starting to think he's enjoying the suburban life despite his initial hesitation. One reason for his change of heart is probably due to his 'man cave,' which he has transformed our full finished basement into. In fact, every Tuesday and Saturday night, our basement becomes the perfect spot for my husband's band, The StereoDrones, to practice in. What this means for me is that I have 5 hungry guys to feed Tuesday and Saturday nights! Tonight, I prepared some Baja Chicken Tacos with all the fixings...

Baja cuisine focuses on freshness and these tacos certainly highlight fresh and colorful ingredients such as lime juice, tomatoes, corn, avocados and cilantro. The seasoning for the chicken is not spicy, but rather refreshing with the additional of fresh lime juice it's tossed in prior to sauteing. Once the chicken is cooked, it's placed in warmed tortillas and topped with one of my favorite salads - black bean and corn salad. I chose to use this salad in the tacos because it has a lot of great textures and flavors that pair well with the seasoned chicken. If you're looking for a different twist on the usual chicken tacos, give this one a try!

Baja Chicken Tacos
original Joelen recipe, inspired by Cheesecake Factory

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite sized pieces
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried mexican oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Sazon seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon canola or olive oil for sauteing
corn or flour tortillas

sour cream
shredded cheddar cheese
black bean & corn salad

Combine the cut up chicken breast, seasonings, fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large bowl. Toss to season chicken thoroughly.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of canola or olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the seasoned chicken and saute until cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat tortillas per package directions. Fill tortillas with sauteed chicken and garnish with your choice of garnishes and black bean & corn salad.