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Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Grilled Chicken Tostadas

This dish gives a Southwestern accent to the American summertime classic, grilled chicken. For more intensity, pickle the onions overnight.

Cooking Light JULY 2008

  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Pickled Onions:
  • 4 cups thinly sliced red onion (about 1 large)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 medium orange)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Chicken:
  • 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 medium orange)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons achiote paste, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded leaf lettuce
  • 3/4 cup chopped peeled avocado
  • 3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • Pickled jalapeño pepper slices (optional)
  • Reduced-fat sour cream (optional)
  • Cilantro leaves (optional)

Preparation

1. To prepare pickled onions, combine onion and 2 cups boiling water in a large bowl. Cover and let stand 15 minutes; drain. Add 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to onions. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

2. To prepare chicken, heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 7 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove garlic from pan; peel and mash. Combine garlic, 1/2 cup orange juice, and the next 7 ingredients (through pepper) in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal bag, and shake vigorously to dissolve achiote paste. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Add chicken to bag, and seal and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.

3. Prepare grill.

4. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 15 minutes. Shred with 2 forks.

5. Lightly coat tortillas on each side with cooking spray. Place tortillas on grill rack; grill 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.

6. Arrange 2 tortillas, overlapping halfway, on each of 6 plates. Top each serving with about 1/2 cup chicken mixture and about 1/2 cup pickled onions. Drizzle evenly with vinegar mixture. Top each serving with 1/3 cup lettuce, 2 tablespoons avocado, and 2 tablespoons cheese. Garnish with jalapeños, sour cream, and cilantro, if desired.

Note:

Achiote paste is made in part from ground annatto seed. It is a deep red, mildly spicy seasoning; you can find it at large supermarkets or Latin grocery stores.

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 314
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Protein: 33g
  • Carbohydrate: 27g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Cholesterol: 76mg
  • Iron: 1.6mg
  • Sodium: 213mg
  • Calcium: 141mg
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