5/19/14

braised chicken tacos with spicy carrot-raisin slaw

This would be that one big meal you make that could easily make a several smaller meals for the next couple days with its leftovers.
A little bit of extra work for two to three more meals for the rest of the work week.
These kicked up chicken tacos on day one, then BBQ chicken sliders, a quick veggie stir fry, and maybe even a stuffed omelet--just to name a few.
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I stole this recipe from Marc over at No Recipes.
Craving tacos with a little bit of kicked up flavor and heat.
I added on the slaw for a 'cooling' aspect and a bit of crunch.
The slaw is so good, you can eat it on its own. The heat of the spicy mayo mixed with the crunch of chopped pecans and a bit of sweet from the honey and raisins--so good!
Use this slaw on any type of spicy taco filling really, very versatile.
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This makes a lot of tacos, about 12-15?
I only used a 1/4 of this and made BBQ sliders the next day, and a nice stuffed omelet a couple days later.  The leftovers are very versatile, can be used for anything really.
It also freezes well!

braised chicken tacos with spicy carrot-raisin slaw
chicken recipe from No Recipes
slaw from vanillasugarblog.com
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2 pounds whole chicken thighs
3 small onions, sliced thinly
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 dried ancho chiles, stems and seeds removed
3 dried guajillo chiles, stems and seeds removed (I skipped this)
14 ounce can of chopped tomatoes in juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 bay leaf
(I added in 1/2 cup of light brown sugar)
juice of 1 meyer lemon (or juice of 1/2 regular lemon)
salt to taste

carrot-raisin slaw
1 cup of shredded carrots (enough slaw for 2-3 people as a topping)
1/2 mayo
a few squirts of sriracha sauce
a handful or two of chopped pecans
a handful or two of raisins
a squirt or two of honey to your liking

Generously salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. Add about 2 TB of oil to a large heavy bottomed pot and heat until the oil is very hot. Brown the chicken in batches, leaving room between the pieces of chicken so they turn a golden brown on one side before flipping. Transfer the browned chicken to a plate and repeat.  Turn down the heat to medium low, add the onions and garlic to the pot, and cover with a lid for 10 minutes. When you remove the lid, the onions should be wilted and cooking in their own juices. Use a wooden paddle to scrape up all the browned bits (a.k.a. chicken flavor) from the pan, then turn up the heat to medium high to burn off the liquid. When most of the liquid has evaporated, turn the heat back down and stir and continue to caramelize the onions until they are brown and glossy (another 20-30 minutes).
Meanwhile, tear up the chiles into small flat pieces and place them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Roast in a 350 degree oven until they are fragrant, but be careful not to burn them as they will become bitter. Transfer the roasted peppers to a bowl and cover them with very hot water. Once the peppers are soft, transfer them to a food processor or blender adding in about 1/2 cup of the water they were soaking in along with the can of tomatoes. Puree the peppers and tomatoes until they form a smooth sauce.
When the onions are done caramelizing add the pepper puree, along with the chicken, cinnamon sticks, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, bay leaf and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce the heat to the lowest setting, partially cover with a lid and cook until the chicken falls apart when prodded with a fork (about 1 1/2 hours).
When the chicken is done, remove the bay leaf an cinnamon sticks, then use 2 forks to shred the meat. Taste the sauce and add salt to taste.
I served this with my carrot-raisin slaw, or you can serve it plain, or with sliced avocados, fresh cilantro, lime wedges and tortillas.
For the carrot-raisin slaw: just mix all to your liking, go easy with the hot sauce at first and add more as you taste-test.  I figured about 1 cup of shredded carrots for every 2-3 people?

15 comments:

  1. Girl! This looks AMAZING! Especially the slaw. I want to eat it straight from the bowl. YUM!!

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  2. Dawn, this looks absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering! I'm putting it on the table tonight! xo

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  3. Omg that slaw looks so good! I posted slaw today but want yours now! YUM!

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  4. I love that chicken. This looks amazing, Dawn. Wish you were cooking for me this week. Have to cut out all pills etc, surgery next week. So I hurt.
    Glad your ankle is better; walking around Whole Foods every day for a week didn't help it, I'm sure, but impossible to resist

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  5. What a great use for one of my fav slaws.GREG

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  6. Oooh, these tacos look amazing! Did you make those tortillas? They look so thick and fresh!

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    1. they are from Trader Joe's. Really good.

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  7. I love making things that result in lots of leftovers! It's what's for lunch all week. The slaw with the tacos sounds so good!

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  8. I have been obsessed with tacos lately. They're kind of all I think about. Love the slaw on top!

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  9. oh yum! carrot slaw is sooo good. as are tacos. duh.

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  10. this is a supper staple for me, dawn, or at least something like it. that slaw is perfect!

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  11. I love dishes like this that generate a lot of leftovers! Particularly when they're so good first time around, as this seems to be. I haven't made tacos lately -- definitely need to again. Thanks for this.

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  12. Whoa, this looks delicious. Especially that carrot-raisin slaw. Yum!

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  13. Awesome! I think we could live off of tacos alone. New recipes are always welcome!

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  14. Mmm, what a great combo...love the carrot slaw with this!

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