Chicken Tacos (Iron chef Jose Garces inspired)

Chicken Tacos (Iron chef Jose Garces inspired)

Chicken Tacos (Iron chef Jose Garces inspired)

Ingredients for chicken tacos

This is one more recipe that is inspired from iron chef, Jose Garces who has a huge presence in Philadelphia.  This recipe combines a delicious mix of several fresh and healthy ingredients.  The use of chayote adds an extra crunch and chillies gives an extra kick while the avocado and cucumber give the desired cooling.  I customized this by adding habanero curry powder to the chicken which adds to the boldness of the heat!!
Cube Chicken - 1 pound, 1 bell pepper, 1 onion, 1 teaspoon habanero curry powder, 1 teaspoon corn starch, salt to taste,
Corn Tortillas (6 inch)-12 ea
Chayote and Cucumber Salad- see recipe
Chile Sauce – see recipe
Avocado Espuma – see recipe

Chayote & Cucumber Salad Recipe
Chayote-1 ea, julienne
Cucumber-1 ea, julienne
Lime Juice-2 ea, fresh squeezed
Cilantro-1/4 bunch, chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil-2 Tbs
Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and reserve for taco.

Chile Sauce Recipe
Dried Red Chiles-10 ea, remove stem, toasted
Onion-1/2 ea, medium dice
Plum Tomato-2 ea, rough chopped
Garlic-1 ea, clove
Cumin Seeds-1 tsp, toasted
Fennel seeds-5 ea, toasted
Sesame Seeds-2 tbs, toasted
Apple Cider Vinegar- 2 tbs
Water-1 ½ c
Vegetable Oil-2 Tbs
Salt-1 tbs
Combine all ingredients except for salt and oil, in a pot and reduce by ½. Puree in a blender and emulsify with oil. Season with salt.

Avocado Espuma Recipe
Avocado-1/2 ea, peeled and chopped
Jalapeño-1/2 ea, peeled and chopped
Cilantro-1/4 bunch, just leaves
Lemon Juice-1 ½ tsp, fresh squeezed
Light Cream-1/4 cup
Sugar-1/2 tsp
Salt-1 tbs
Puree in a blender and refrigerate till ready for use.

Assembling the taco:
Stir fry finely chopped bell pepper (1 ea), onion (1 ea) in oil for 5 minutes at high heat.  Coat chicken cubes with corn starch, salt and stir fry chicken for 5 minutes at high heat.   Mix both chicken and vegetables and stir fry for 2 minutes at high heat after adding habanero curry powder. 
Warm the corn tortillas on a pan, about 30 seconds on each side at medium heat.
Spread 1 tbs of the avocado espuma on the bottom of the tortillas. Lay 1 teaspoon of chicken on the spread. Add a desired amount of the chayote-cucumber salad on top. Finish with a tsp of the chile de arbol sauce and serve.


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