Monday, January 31, 2011

Chicken Carne Asada Tacos


* 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
* 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
* 1 medium red onion, thinly vertically sliced
* 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into thin strips
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* Cooking spray
* 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
* 1 cup diced peeled avocado (about 1 avocado)
* 1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend
* Lime wedges


1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Place onion in a small saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; drain and plunge onion in ice water. Drain onion; add to juice mixture. Chill until ready to serve.

2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Sprinkle chicken with oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned and done, stirring occasionally.

3. Heat tortillas according to package directions. Divide chicken evenly among tortillas. Drain onion; divide evenly among tortillas. Top each tortilla with 2 tablespoons avocado and 1 tablespoon cheese; fold over. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

I was a bit apprehensive to eat these without sour cream, but it really wasn't needed. The onions had tons of flavor and squirting lime juice on top of it all made them delectable! In hindsight, I would have served this dish with some Mexican rice, just to add a bit more food for my hungry husband...and my hungry pregnant self!


  1. YUM! These look so good! I'm currently on a cooking sabbatical, but may have the husband make these for us!

  2. Really yummy... I was shocked how fabulous the onions were. Not onion-y at all, but tangy and deeeeelish!

  3. Tiff...these were amazing! We loved the onions and the fresh lime wedges to squeeze over everything. Such a fresh, yummy flavor! We will definitely make these again!