Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Amazing Chicken Tacos!


Black Pepper and Ginger Chicken Taco with Red Curry-Peanut Sauce and Peanut Relish
(courtesy of Bobby Flay and Food Network)

Chicken marinade:
1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts
Salt

Red Curry-Peanut Sauce:
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoon red curry paste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Peanut Relish:
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup chopped pistachios (I didn't use these)
Salt and pepper (or these)

Assemble:
8 blue corn tortillas, (6-inches each)
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup grated white cheddar cheese
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
Cilantro, for garnish

For Chicken Marinade:
Whisk together soy sauce, oil, ginger, garlic and black pepper in a medium shallow baking dish. Add the chicken breast and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Heat a large grill pan over high heat until smoking. Remove chicken from marinade and season with salt to taste. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until just cooked through. Let rest 5 minutes, slice each breast on the bias into 6 slices.

For the Red Curry Peanut Sauce:
Heat peanut oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the curry taste and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the soy sauce, coconut milk and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the peanut butter and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the Peanut Relish:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

To Assemble:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay tortillas out on a flat surface. Divide both of the cheeses among the tortillas. Top the cheese with 3 slices of the chicken, some of the red onion and ilantro. Fold the tortillas over to form a half moon and brush the tops with peanut oil. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese melts. Serve 2 on a plate, drizzle with the red curry-peanut sauce and sprinkle with peanut relish and cilantro.


*These were devoured in minutes!! The kids preferred hard shell tacos and no sauce, but us adults were in love! I liked the sauce so much that I used more on the side for dipping.

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