Chicken Carne Asada Tacos with Pickled Onions

  • MizRev Posted: 05/13/10
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    Loved! So did my husband. So much that we ate the whole recipe in one sitting. The chicken thighs are key--much juicier and more flavorful than breasts. And cheaper. The only thing I would do different the next time is to add more chicken stock to the beans. They were a bit dry.

  • sukeedog Posted: 03/24/10
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    Delicious! We're taco fiends, and these did not disappoint. The chicken was surprisingly flavorful, considering the very few spices that went into the seasoning, and the pickled onions were a lovely addition - not "oniony" at all. If you can't find the cheese I recommend substituting a feta.

  • Laurie18 Posted: 03/28/10
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    Loved this recipe the only thing was I couldn't find the Cotija cheese so used what I had on hand. I would make this again.

  • Flits21 Posted: 04/12/10
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    Really great flavor combo. I assembled the tacos before my husband could see the onions, as he hates onion. He loved the tacos! I pickled them a few hours earlier. I used chicken breast and sprinkled with the spice mixture and let sit in fridge for abt. 1/2 hour before cooking. Served with chiptole brown rice (Husband hated this) and roasted broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini. Will make again. Super easy and quick.

  • Jessie123 Posted: 04/19/10
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    This was very tasty. The pickled onions were easy and beautiful in the tacos. I followed the recipe exactly. Really like the flavors.

  • jill0609 Posted: 08/12/10
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    Amazingly delicious! The thigh meat stays so tender, but flavorful. This meal is easy and so delicious. Will make again and again.

  • Saecca Posted: 04/10/10
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    I am not a fan of chicken thighs, but I used them as the recipe called. I would sub them for chicken breasts and go from there. I followed the directions exactly, but used whole wheat tortillas and some queso fresco I had leftover from another meal. Everyone loved the black bean mixture and the pickled onions/avocado topping- great flavor & texture combos!

  • 8stringfan Posted: 01/03/11
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    First, the good news: these were some really delicious tacos, the meal was filling, I thought the black beans were solid if unremarkable, the meal does fine as leftovers for a few days, and the whole thing was fairly cheap. The downside is that this is NOT a 30 minute recipe. No way. With cleaning and such I spent over an hour in the kitchen. That being said, I never believe CL when they say a recipe takes just 30 minutes from start to finish, so I wasn't surprised. Like a lot of folks, I also subbed in guacamole for the avocado since keeping cut avocados is a pain and because Whole Foods makes some ridiculously good guac. However, if you sub, do remember to go light on the guac to keep the meal "light". Also, the cojito I found was really pricey, so I just subbed in a cheaper (and quite tasty) crumbly white Salvadorean cheese.

  • jennbird75 Posted: 03/22/10
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    Wow. Just wow. This dish came together VERY quickly and tasted amazing. My boyfriend absolutely loved it and has requested that we put this on our "regular rotation" meal list.

  • cjbuddy Posted: 10/27/10
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    These are very tasty and fresh! Made with chicken breast and used guac instead of just diced avocado as I was making it anyway. Will make again and again. We love tacos in our house and these didn't disappoint!

  • mruharris Posted: 09/29/10
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    Simply delicious!

  • riverrunner06 Posted: 05/07/10
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    Outstanding recipe! Loved it. The pickled onions REALLY make it. Served with corn off the cob. Might try it next time with a guacomole twist to the avocado. Used Feta cheese since I have no clue what Cotija cheese is! For sure, I'll be making this again and have passed it on to friends.

  • sunshy321 Posted: 05/02/10
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    Very tasty! Easy and flavorful. I used white meat in place of the chicken thighs. Also, I made the pickeled onions about 3 hours in advance. I topped them off with low-fat sour cream and Mrs. Renfros Jalapeno Salsa. This will be a staple in my recipe box!

  • kate2004rock Posted: 04/02/10
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    Overall, this dish was delicious and the spices/flavoring melded very well. The picked onions were AWESOME -- though I let them soak overnight so they got good and "pickle-y." The chicken ended up a little bit too salty, so i would definitely omit that from the seasoning next time. I served it exactly as written, with spicy black beans, cotija, avocado, etc as well as with a corn salsa for a little bit of sweetness and the flavors were wonderful together. I was slightly unhealthier, using flour tortillas instead of corn but this is definitely one I will make again for entertaining, setting it up as a little "taco bar."

  • shanz2005 Posted: 04/11/10
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    This was delicious! Followed the recipie exactly, except used queso fresco (it was on sale) My husband loved it!!! Will make again for sure! Fast and easy for a weeknight meal!

  • ekuhistorygirl Posted: 03/25/10
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    Oh wow! Going to make these again and soon. Chicken was seasoned to perfection, onions were great (and I don't care for onions that much). Only thing I did differently was omit avocado (because I hate it!) and I did the onions a little early and let them sit for about 2 hours in the refrigerator. Can't wait to make it again.

  • jaimern Posted: 04/10/10
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    I just finished eating these and I must say, I will making these alot this summer. Perfection.

  • dmt4641 Posted: 10/10/10
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    I subbed chicken breast for chicken thigh but it still turned out well. The pickled onion was the best part. I've never tried cojita cheese and thought it was great.

  • dinkydoo Posted: 04/23/10
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    This is a great recipe! My boyfriend hates onions but he loves the flavor and texture these gave the dish! My nieces and nephew also loved them and they are picky kids! I plan on making these once a month!

  • lobsterbaby Posted: 05/02/10
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    This was an okay recipe. I really liked the pickled onions. Used feta instead of listed cheese. Also, I doubled the bean recipe using 1 can of black beans and 1 can of kidney beans. Topped with a little bit of chipote tabasco on the tacos... But still lacking that special something. Will make the pickled onions again for sure!!!!

  • mjmayinsf Posted: 05/25/10
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    Sorry, for me this was just OK. It was fairly time consuming to make, so I probably won't make again as I didn't feel the results warranted the effort. The pickled onions needed more acid, and the chicken needed more spice. I suggest doubling the spice blend on the chicken if you like robustly flavored food. Cutting and trimming the chicken is one of the more time consuming parts - maybe try with ground chicken?

  • ESmith6 Posted: 05/28/10
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    This turned out to be really tasty. I made a couple of small changes. I used breasts instead of thighs, added an orange pepper and a poblano pepper to the chicken mixture and added 1 tbsp of olive oil so that the peppers and chicken were all coated with the herbs. I also used reduced fat feta because that's what I had in the house. Yummy! I'd definitely make them again.

  • starrb75 Posted: 08/13/10
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    I did not make the pickled onions, but the chicken had a really nice flavor (my husband actually complemented it w/o being prompted, which is saying a lot). Definitely take the time to lightly fry up the corn tortillas w/cooking spray in a cast iron skillet - it added an authentic Mexican flavor to the dish. We topped it with a pico de gallo salsa, in addition to ingredients called for in the recipe. It's definitely going in my "favorites" folder. Simple and quick to make as well. (I also made the black bean side noted in the April issue of Cooking Light - okay, nothing special)

  • LiteDoneRight Posted: 01/03/11
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    This was delish! Instead of just slicing avocado, I made guacamole. I couldn't find the catija cheese so I used goat cheese and it gave it a rich flavor. I made way too much of the pickled onions though. I'm wondering what else they could be used for...

  • steponme Posted: 04/29/11
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    Oh so many different tacos, so little time! This is a keeper; good taco. I used queso fresco instead of cotija cheese b/c of price, but kept everything else the same as recipe stated; even did the beans. Loved the pickled onions.

  • Beckydoll Posted: 05/02/11
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    trimming and slicing the thighs is a major pain, but worth the effort. the pickled onions make this dish, I used the leftover in a quick fruit and tomato salsa. Made corn relish as a side: sauted 1/3 cup of diced red pepper and 1/2 tsp of garlic, add can drained corn to roast in pan. Stir in T. of recaito and/or chopped fresh cilantro.

  • solarheck Posted: 04/27/11
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    Carne asada signifies beef, so "chicken carne asada" is a paradox. Just call them chicken tacos. Please.

  • BJackson08 Posted: 04/30/11
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    This was so tasty. My husband is a super picky person and he really enjoyed this dinner. We will be adding this to our permanent recipe box. I ended up using Feta because I didn't have Cotija but it was still really good. Can't wait to make have this again! Thank you for the recipe.

  • Belladonna714 Posted: 04/27/11
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    This was one of the best CL recipes I've made. There was so much depth to the flavors, and they all melded together so wonderfully! The only changes I made was using sweet onions instead of red, and whole wheat tortillas. I would most definitely make this again!

  • matthewspann Posted: 05/26/12
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    I didn't have Cotija cheese, but took a chance on Feta, and it worked quite well.

  • Clobberella422 Posted: 10/13/12
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    Very, very good, quick to prepare and perfect for a weeknight. The onions were fantastic. I used breasts instead of thighs and did not have any trouble slicing them. I served this with CL's Simple Black Beans and some baked zucchini slices spiced with chile con limon. Delicious and healthy.

  • nevacation Posted: 04/19/13
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    This was outstanding! I used chicken breasts instead of thighs, and used flour tortillas instead of corn. I wasn't sure about the picked onions, but so glad I made them. Totally made the dish! The whole family loved this dish.

  • NessaMcD Posted: 05/06/12
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    Made these tonight and my brother-in-law ate 8!!! My husband had 7 or 8 and I managed 4!! Perfect blend of spices.

  • pooklee Posted: 05/17/12
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    Very good. Easy to make. Very suprised at flavors and how they came together. Agree thighs were a pain. Will do a breast next time. Maybe some peppers...

  • olive04 Posted: 06/11/13
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    I made my usual pickled onion using vinegar, lime juice and a dash of sugar as this eliminated the boiling step. Good flavors for the chicken ...will make again.

  • jstuckermail Posted: 04/30/13
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    These were OK. The chicken is not very exciting. They definitely needed some salsa, or at least some cilantro or something for flavor. However, the onions are fantastic! I wasn't sure about them, but after chilling for about an hour, they were wonderful on the taco--a citrusy pickled onion. Would be amazing on fish tacos especially!

  • EllenDeller Posted: 04/20/12
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    Really good! My big change was to use 1/2 as much meat and fill up the taco with lettuce, radishes, scallions, and a spoonfull of reduced fat shredded cheese. That's more economical and healthy. The onions are so easy and wonderful--I'm sure I'll make them to go with other dishes too. Served with steamed zucchini and a baked corn dish.

  • JenniferMai73 Posted: 11/27/13
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    If you replace the steak with chicken, the dish is called Pollo Asado Tacos.

  • Emz101 Posted: 07/07/13
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    This recipe was good with a lot of alterations. I found the recipe is pretty much just a standard taco with very little flavor. I found using thigh meat was way more fatty and I would have preferred breast meat. As well there was barely any seasoning so I added way more pepper, cumin, some tex mex seasoning and put in some salsa while the chicken was cooking. I don't have access to corn tortillas or cotija cheese so I substituted whole wheat tortillas and mozzarella cheese. As well as a topping I added sour cream, tomato's, cilantro and lime juice. The pickled onions were the only outstanding thing in this recipe and added a real fresh crunch to the taco. I mainly wouldn't keep this recipe because I can make a way flavorful taco without a recipe.

  • daneanp Posted: 08/14/13
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    Easy and delicious. A nice change with the onion and thigh meat. DD loved it. The only change was we used flour tortillas because that is what we had on hand. Will look forward to trying it again with the corn tortillas. Served with mixed fruit as a side dish.

  • larrylarmour Posted: 05/06/14
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    Made the onions and was not impressed. Would have done the vinegar as one person mentioned. They were bland tasting.......decided to do a different dinner so never got to the tacos.

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