The Daily Dish

Soft Chicken Tacos with the Works

By Susie Middleton

spicy red beans

These tacos are the perfect destination for leftover chicken. Set up a taco bar and let your family assemble their own tacos with their favorite fillings and toppings. You can find chipotles en adobo in the Mexican food section of the grocery store.

Serves 4-6


2 large ripe avocados, pitted
2 limes, 1 juiced and 1 cut into wedges
1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt; more as needed
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper; more as needed
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 tsp. chili powder
Scant 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 14-1/2oz. can petite-diced tomatoes, drained
1 medium chipotle chile, finely diced, plus 1 to 2 Tbs. adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles en adobo)
2-1/2 to 3 cups leftover roast chicken, shredded or cut into thin strips
12 small corn tortillas, warmed
6 oz. queso fresco or feta, crumbled (1-1/3 cups)
3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage (about 6 oz.)
2/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, washed and patted dry


Mash the avocados with the lime juice in a medium bowl. Season with about 1 tsp. of the salt and the pepper, or to taste.

Set a large, heavy-based skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and onion, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and cook, stirring, until softened and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the chili powder and cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, chipotle, and adobo sauce and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, mashing the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Stir in the chicken, cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the chicken heats through, about 10 minutes. Taste, and season with salt and pepper if needed.

Let diners assemble their own tacos by spreading the warm tortillas with the avocado and then topping with the chicken, cheese, cabbage, cilantro, and a squeeze of juice from the lime wedges.

Serving suggestions

Serve with Jícama, Avocado, Radish & Orange Salad with Cilantro.

Nutrition information (per serving):

Size : based on six servings; Calories (kcal): 510; Fat (g): 28; Fat Calories (kcal): 250; Saturated Fat (g): 7; Protein (g): 29; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15; Carbohydrates (g): 40; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5; Sodium (mg): 1010; Cholesterol (mg): 75; Fiber (g): 9;

Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.


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About the Author
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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine and the author of veggie cookbooks Fast, Fresh & Green and The Fresh & Green Table.

Follow her on Twitter at @sixburnersue

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