Shredded Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Why we love it:
- 3⁄4 pound Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless)
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil (or mild oil of your preference)
- 1 15-ounce can Black Beans
- 2 Tablespoons Chipotle Peppers In Adobo (from a can, measure the liquid and add 2 chilies)
- 1⁄2 cup Water
- 1 Lime (zest and juice)
- 12 Corn Tortillas (look for small “street” taco size, or use whatever you have)
- 1 Avocado
Slice the chicken into 2” cubes or strips. Place in a bowl.
Heat a large skillet with sides, over medium-high heat. Cast iron works well here. While the pan is heating, combine the salt, cumin, and chili powder in a small bowl. Stir to mix. Pour all but about ½ a teaspoon of the spice blend onto the chicken and toss to coat well, it should pick up all of the spices and be very well coated.
Once the pan is hot, add oil. Then add the chicken pieces to the pan. Cook for 4 minutes.
Flip the chicken and lower heat to low and cover at least ¾ of the way with a lid. Cook on low for about 8-10 minutes, returning to flip the chicken once more about halfway through.
Meanwhile, open the can of beans and drain them, but no need to rinse. Place them in a small pot with the reserved spice blend and about ¼ cup of water. Turn on medium heat and bring to a simmer.
3. FINISH CHICKEN
Remove the lid and use two forks to shred the chicken into bite-size pieces (go as finely shredded as you have patience for). Then add the chipotle peppers and the adobo sauce, mashing it up with the fork. Add ½ cup of water and zest in the lime. Stir to combine and simmer the mixture over low for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally to blend the flavors.
Slice the lime in half and squeeze ½ on the chicken. Slice the rest into wedges for serving.
Heat the tortillas over a gas flame, or in the oven or toaster oven until warm and pliable, just a few seconds each.
Serve beans. Lay out tortillas and top with chicken and sauce. Garnish with lime. Slice the avocado and serve alongside.