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Mojo-Marinated Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa


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  • Marinade:
  • Servings: 4 - 6
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno chile peppers, including seeds
  • 1 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (without tenders), about 8 ounces each
  • Salsa:
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 medium tomatillos, about 1/2 pound total, husked and rinsed
  • 1 small jalapeno chile peppers, tem removed
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1 medium garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Servings 1
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Step 1

1. In a medium bowl whisk the marinade ingredients. Place the chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Press out the air and seal the bag tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place the bag in a bowl, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. Prepare a two-zone fire for high heat.
3. Lightly brush the onion slices on both side with oil Brush the cooking grate clean. Grill the onion slices, tomatillos, and jalapeno over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until lightly charred, 6 - 8 minutes, turning once or twice and swapping their positions as need for even cooking. Be sure the tomatillos are completely soft as you remove them from the grill. Combine the onion slices, tomatillos, and jalapeno in a food processor along with the remaining salsa ingredients. Process until fairly smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings Pour the salsa into a serving bowl.
4. Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade. Separate the tortillas into 2 piles of 6 tortillas each. Wrap each pile in a sheet of aluminum foil. When the fire is ready, brush the cooking grate clean. Grill the chicken over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the meat is firm to the touch and completely opaque in the center, 10 - 12 minutes, turning once or twice and swapping their positions as needed for even cooking. At the same time, grill each packet of tortillas over indirect medium heat until warm and salt, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the chicken and tortillas from the grill. Keep the tortillas in the foil while you slice the chicken as thinly as possible.
5. Put some sliced chicken in each warm tortilla. Pass the salsa and sour cream for topping. Serve right away.

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