Though the amount of chicken skin may seem like a lot, it renders out most of its fat so that you only end up with 2.3 ounces after cooking. Use the cilantro stems for the sauce; the leaves will go in the rice. You'll use the parsley stems and carrot trimmings in the stock for Dinner 3 and the broccoli florets in Dinner 5.

Recipe by Cooking Light November 2015


Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 10 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tacos)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375°.

  • Place chicken skin flat on a jelly-roll pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes, making sure skin gets brown and thoroughly crisp but not burned. Drain on paper towels. Chop skin into small pieces; toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Set aside.

  • Combine 2/3 cup vinegar, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add carrots and broccoli. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain.

  • Combine cilantro, parsley, pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and garlic in a mini food processor; process until finely chopped. Add remain­ing 1/3 cup vinegar and oil; pulse until well combined. Combine 1/2 cup sauce and beef in a large zip-top plastic bag; turn to coat. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, turning once.

  • Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from pan; let stand for 5 minutes. Cut steak across the grain into thin slices; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  • Heat tortillas according to directions. Divide steak, vegetables, and remaining 1/3 cup sauce among tacos. Sprinkle each taco with about 2 teaspoons chicken skin; serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

391 calories; fat 22.3g; saturated fat 5.1g; mono fat 12.6g; poly fat 2.7g; protein 25g; carbohydrates 22g; fiber 3g; cholesterol 66mg; iron 3mg; sodium 347mg; calcium 95mg.