Chicken Vaca Frita

Chicken Vaca Frita
Yields 4
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Chicken Vaca Frita
  1. 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast or thighs
  2. 1 large sweet onion sliced, ½ moon shapes (not too thin)
  3. ¼ cup mojo (fresh or store bought)
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  1. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  2. salt
  3. ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  4. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground pepper
  1. 1/2 can black beans
  2. 8 tortillas
  3. lime wedges
Optional Toppings
  1. avocado, cheese, diced tomato, pineapple salsa, fresh or pickled jalapeño, shredded or pickled red cabbage, corn, and/or cilantro, lime wedges
  1. Using the side of a large knife (or mortar) mash the garlic to a paste with ½ teaspoon of salt. Transfer to a bowl (if using mortar just add ingredient to mortar ), add lime juice, olive oil and black pepper. Stir ingredients well.
Chicken Vaca Frita
  1. Add mojo to shredded chicken and let stand at room temperature 30-45 minutes.
  2. In a large pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté onions, season with salt + pepper. Cook 4-5 minutes until golden and crispy, be careful not to burn! Transfer onions to platter.
  3. In same pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil, add shredded chicken and fry one side 5-6 minutes, until brown and crispy. Using a spatula, flip shredded chicken and continue to crisp the other side. Season with salt. Add onions back to pan and stir chicken-onion mixture. Squeeze fresh lime juice and top with fresh cilantro. Set aside until ready to use.
  1. In the same pan, heat up each tortilla for about 1-2 minutes per side or until lightly charred or place tortilla shells directly on gas burners (if using gas stove).
  2. Assemble the tacos by adding the shredded chicken with onions first, then top with black beans (and additional toppings, if desired). Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!
Personal Preferences
  1. -I prefer to cook onions first because it gives the chicken additional sweetness from using the same pan.
  2. -LOVE to char tortillas directly on gas burners! If you do not have a gas stove you can use your outdoor grill.
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