Monday, May 9, 2011

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos

If you aren't already reading Jessica's blog over at How Sweet It Is you really need to start!  Jessica posts incredibly creative recipes and can also tell a hilarious story.  Last week I spotted her recipe for Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa and I knew I had to try them for Cinco de Mayo.  They turned out delicious!

Cinco de Mayo or not, make these asap!  I commented to Jessica that in the future I will be making the salsa by the bucket.  The strawberries really added a special something! 
Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos
from How Sweet It Is

4 chicken breasts
8 4-inch tortillas (I used flour)
3 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
zest of 3 limes
1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup tequila
1/4 cup lime juice
zest of 2 limes
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 avocado, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
4 large strawberries, chopped
juice of half a lime
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
toppings: shredded lettuce, freshly grated monterey jack cheese, cilantro, lime wedges (I topped mine with queso fresco and cilantro, YUM!)

2-24 hours before making the tacos, combine the marinade ingredients in a baking dish. Tenderize chicken, season it with salt and pepper, then slice it into strips lengthwise. Add the chicken to the dish and let marinate in the fridge until ready to make.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine panko, flour, lime zest and coriander in a bowl. Lay a wire rack on a baking sheet and spray with non-stick spray. Remove chicken from marinade and coat strips in panko mixture, pressing so crumbs adhere. Lay them on the baking sheet then give them a quick spray of non-stick spray or olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, then bake 10 more.
While chicken is cooking, combine avocado, tomato, strawberries and onion. Mix with salt, pepper and lime juice.
Heat tortillas if desired, then serve with crisp chicken, salsa, and toppings. Spritz with lime wedges.

Delicious!  Hope you enjoy!

Did you do anything fun for Cinco de Mayo?  What is the most authentic Mexican dish you've ever made or tried?


  1. I love Mexican food and these tacos look really really good! I will definitely have to make these soon! I would say the most authentic dish I have had would be enchiladas suizas with mole.

  2. I'm pretty sure I'd love any variation on a taco :)

  3. i looove tacos. maybe one of my top favorite foods ever!

  4. Yum! we did Mexican last night and I almost made these, glad to know they got rave reviews! Instead we made some other fabulous dishes that I can't wait to post :)

  5. love these crsiy taocs!! and the salsa..well that just rocks! love how sweet it is blog!


  6. This is such a lovely recipe. I love this version of tacos. It is really special. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. You had me at the tequila and lime! Really, an interesting recipe. I haven't made tacos for quite some time; I'll have to again. thanks.