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Monday, April 15, 2013

Beer-Marinated Chicken Tacos

Please note:  This photo is of Chris' plate.  He believed that his plate was much more photogenic than mine, so I agreed to snap a shot of it.  It actually doesn't look too bad... I wouldn't say no to it, that is for sure!!!

There are probably a lot of you out there that do not know my love for The Simpson's.  I have been a fan of them since they first appeared on the Tracey Ullman Show back in 1987!  I will admit, I don't watch it as religiously as I used to... I mean at certain times of the year, it conflicts with The Walking Dead.... soooooo, you can see my dilemma!  But anyway, you are probably wondering where the heck I am going with this, huh?  And oh my gosh this better be good because now I'm just sort of rambling... and now it's going to be a let down.. BUT... There is a great saying that Homer is known for:

"To Alcohol!  The cause of and solution to all life's problems!"

Chris and I like to say that about beer from time to time.. (jokingly, of course, mom!!).. and now we have come full circle, right?  I mean it's obvious I told you that story because these are BEER marinated chicken tacos... right?  Maybe, what I really mean is that these tacos are the cause of and solution to all life's problems????  I'm not sure any more....  They are pretty darn good, you know!!

Beer-Marinated Chicken Tacos
Adapted from Serious Eats
Printable Recipe 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup beer
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 chicken breasts, flattened for more even cooking
flour or corn tortillas
lettuce/tomato
shredded cheese
tortilla strips (optional) (I love these New York Texas Toast Chipotle and Cheddar)

Directions:
Mix together the beer, sesame oil, garlic, oregano, salt, cumin, pepper and cayenne.  Rinse the chicken and place in plastic resealable bag.  Pour the marinade over the chicken, seal the bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (I let mine marinate for about 4 hours).

Preheat grill to 375 degrees F.  Clean and oil grill grates.  Remove chicken and discard marinade.  Place the chicken over direct heat and grill 8-10 minutes per side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.  Remove from grill and allow to cool before slicing.  Heat the tortillas on the grill if desired.

Build the tacos by adding lettuce, tomato, cheese, or whatever you decide... top with chicken and serve!  (of course I used a sauce... silly questions.. I had some of that Lone Star dry rub left over and I made the same sauce.. it worked deliciously!!!)  Enjoy!

One Year Ago:  Cocoa and Chili Rubbed Pork Chops
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10 comments:

Yenta Mary said...

Beer in the tacos, beer with the tacos ... it's a perfect pair!

Lea Ann said...

I just bookmarked a beer marinated chicen taco recipe this weekend, I'll have to compare the two. Anyway, I know I'll be making them soon. Love the alcohol saying. Happy Monday!

Big Dude said...

I think his plate and the close-up both look outstanding. The marinade and the sauce both sound very good as well. I could enjoy digging into that meal.

Cranberry Morning said...

Sounds like a good marinade, regardless what you're going to do with the chicken!

StephenC said...

I'd like to add a comment but I've got to go beer my hair.

Pam said...

I made chicken tacos last night for dinner. The beer marinated chicken sounds great!

Carla said...

Yum! Yum!
Excited to try this. Thank you for sharing.

Mary Younkin said...

oh, these look awesome! I love a beer marinade for chicken, so these tacos are a guaranteed win.

Vanessa @ Cakes and Teacups said...

They do look pretty darn good Jenn. My hubs would devour this!

Chris said...

I use beer in marinades a lot. The best part is that you usually only need 2-4 ounces in the recipe, leaving at least 8 ounces for me to dispose of in an appropriate manner ;)