Adobo Chicken Tacos

Entertaining for a dinner can be tricky business. 1) make a great meal. 2) be an excellent, social host or hostess to your guests- don’t spend too much time in the kitchen. 3) limit your cleanup so that everyone doesn’t spend the evening doing dishes. 4) make it all look effortless. It can be nerve-racking for even a seasoned chef, but I want to encourage every one of my readers to try! One of the main ingredients to achieving the elements of a successful dinner party is choosing the appropriate meal. You don’t want dishes that need to be made at the last minute. Unless you are going for Iron Chef status, you don’t want to plate dishes individually. The first step is a nicely served buffet with flavorful dishes that can mostly be made ahead of time. These tacos are a great starter for your entertaining desires.

Adobo Chicken Tacos
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Recipe type: Chicken Entrees
Serves: 4
  • For Chicken:
  • 4 thin chicken breasts
  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced vertically
  • 1- 7 oz can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 heaping tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • For Tacos: (optional)
  • 12 crispy taco shells or small tortillas
  • 2 vine tomatoes, diced
  • roughly chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • sour cream
  • sliced olives
  • ¾ cup cheddar or cotiga cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder, brown sugar, cumin, garlic cloves, and the liquid from the chipotle peppers. Finely chop the peppers, add, and stir to combine.
  3. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish lightly with cooking spray.
  4. Put the sliced onions on the bottom of the dish. Lightly season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place them on top of the onions.
  5. Layer the sauce over the chicken. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and take away the foil. The onions should have broken down and the chicken should be tender and cooked fully through.
  7. Use two forks to “pull” the chicken into bite-sized shredded pieces. Continue to mix the chicken with the sauce as you do this, as it will soak it in and keep it moist. Cover with foil to keep warm before serving.
  8. Assemble a taco bar by putting all of your toppings of choice in individual bowls. You can do this ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve the chicken hot and the toppings slightly cooler than room temperature.