Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ancho Chicken Tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I don't normally celebrate Cinco de Mayo for two reasons: 1) It's a glorified Mexican "holiday" that only Americans celebrate, and 2) there just aren't awesome Mexican places here in Pittsburgh. (Trust me, they don't exist.) This isn't to say that enjoying a nice cold margarita is beyond me.

I actually had no intention of making anything special for Cinco de Mayo, my posting schedule just happened to line up so my chicken tacos fell on the 5th. How lucky is that? Well, that's about as lucky as I get, so I'm going to roll with it. :)

I suppose I could have renamed these Ancho Chicken Tacos with Sweet Slaw and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream, but let's face it, that's a mouthful. So for the sake of brevity, we're just going to go with Ancho Chicken Tacos, and have a mouthful of chicken taco instead.

The original recipe called for some kind of slaw with avocados in it, which neither Adam or I are big fans of, so I decided to go off and do my own thing. Like make my own version of Primanti's coleslaw (since I'm not a fan of mayo-based coleslaw either) and top it all off with some flavored sour cream. Hmm, maybe I just need to start liking more things. :) Well, I liked these, does that count?

Ancho Chicken Tacos

Inspired by: Cooking Light, May 2011

3/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch wide strips
Cooking spray
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup Amish coleslaw, recipe follows

Prepare coleslaw and allow to sit overnight.

In a small bowl, combine chile powder, garlic salt, and cumin. Sprinkle chicken strips evenly with spice mixture.

Heat a large skillet over high heat. Coat liberally with cooking spray. Once hot, add chicken to pan. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until done. Remove chicken from pan.

Heat the corn tortillas in the microwave according to package instructions.

In another small bowl, stir together the sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro.

Divide chicken strips evenly between the 8 tortillas, top each with 2 tablespoons coleslaw and 1 tablespoon cilantro lime sour cream.

Serves: 4 (2 tacos each)

Amish Slaw

Adapted from:

1 medium head cabbage, cored and shredded
1 cup onion, finely diced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon coarse ground mustard
3/4 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, onion, and 1 cup sugar. Toss well.

In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the vinegar, salt, celery seed, 1 teaspoon sugar, mustard, and oil. Bring mixture to a boil, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely in the pan. Drizzle over cabbage mixture, tossing to coat. Refrigerate overnight.

Serves: 8 (205g servings)

Note: This is not the serving size needed for the taco recipe. You will have lots of slaw left over.

Both Adam and I enjoyed these tacos, and aside from having to prep the coleslaw the night before, they were pretty easy to make. However, the sour cream and the coleslaw both have fairly strong flavors which I felt kind of hid the ancho chicken a bit. Maybe next time I'll add a bit of ancho chile powder to the sour cream as well to bring up the heat a bit.

Nutrition Facts - Ancho Chicken Tacos
Amount per serving
Calories 391Calories from fat 173
% Daily Value
Total Fat 19.3g30%
Saturated Fat 6.9g35%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 189mg8%
Total Carbs 29.0g10%
Fiber 3.9g16%
Sugars 5.4g
Protein 37.0g
Vitamin A 8%Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 10%Iron 13%

Nutrition Facts - Amish Slaw
Amount per serving
Calories 321Calories from fat 186
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20.6g32%
Saturated Fat 4.1g20%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 341mg13%
Total Carbs 33.9g11%
Fiber 3.1g12%
Sugars 29.9g
Protein 1.7g
Vitamin A 2%Vitamin C 71%
Calcium 6%Iron 4%


  1. Well I'm glad the stars aligned so you made this for us! MMMMmmm And stay away from my yogurt! :P

  2. Mmmm I love the addition of the slaw! Happy Cinco de Mayo. =)

  3. I can comment! Yay :) I made ancho chicken tortilla soup with these same flavors in winter time but its far too hot for that now. This is a great Spring/Summer twist on it!! Love the picture too :)

  4. Yum! I didn't make Mexican for Cinco de Mayo...but now I'm thinking I need to celebrate late :)

  5. I'd love to get a bite of that taco!! These sound reaaaaally good!



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