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chili lime chicken tacos

chili and lime chicken tacos

chili and lime chicken tacos

This one gets filed in the fast, fresh and SUPER easy file.  It's that time of the year when things start to amp up around here.  Spring is springing...sports, work travel schedules, etc etc all seem to point away from cozy nights around the fire and more to what can I get on the table before someone chews an arm off.

Well, let's all take a deep breath and settle done.  Dinner will be on the table in about 20 minutes.

I love the crunch of radishes and the peppery brightness that watercress brings to the tacos. Not to mention all of the antioxidant and anti-cancer properties of superfood watercress.  I'll take that, too.

chili + lime chicken tacos

1.5 lbs ground chicken (1/2 breast, 1/2 thigh)

2 bird or serrano chili peppers, sliced thin (seeded or not depending on the level of heat you prefer)

1/4 c scallions, sliced thin

1/2 c cilantro, chopped

1 lime

about 2 t cumin

about 2 t cayenne cayenne

salt

freshly ground black pepper

olive oil

to serve (all optional, as you like it, please):

fresh corn tortillas

more lime

thinly sliced radishes

watercress

avocado

crumbled cojita or queso blanco

hot sauce (our fav is chipotle Cholula; a close second in chili + lime)

rice

black beans

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

In a large pan, heat a couple of tablespoons of oil.  Add the chicken and brown.

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

Add garlic, scallions, chili and cook for a few minutes. Turn down the heat and add the cumin and cayenne.  Stir and continue to cook for a minute or so more.  Add the cilantro and juice of 1 lime.  Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.  The chicken has very little fat so it will be dry if you cook it for too long. Don't add the lime until the very end.  You may even want to hit it with a quick garnish of olive oil.

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

Serve with warm corn tortillas and any garnishes you'd like.

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos

the pig and the fig chili + lime chicken tacos