Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Variations on a Theme: Chicken Tacos with Fruit Salsa

These recipes were contributed by Rachel Nielson.

I love to make fruit salsas in the summer, and I've found that they are delicious with simple, chicken tacos served on corn or flour tortillas.

Here is the recipe I use for the chicken.  Soooo easy:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Combine and rub over chicken.  Add oil to a pan, add chicken, cook 4 minutes on each side or until done.  Cut into chunks for strips.

Here are some options for fruit salsas:

Pineapple Salsa  (from For the Love of Cooking blog)

  • 1 small pineapple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp red onion, diced finely
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and diced finely (This can be left out if you don't like spice)
  • 1 green onion, chopped finely (I leave this out if I don't have it)
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
  • Dash of sugar
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste  (I've never added this, but maybe should)

Strawberry Avocado Salsa (from Cooking Light magazine)

  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped avocado
  • 2 T. finely chopped red onion
  • 2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 t. grated lime rind
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 2 t. finely chopped jalapeno pepper (if you like it hot)
  • 1/2 t. sugar

Mango Avocado Salsa  (from Natalie Dayton, a friend)

  • One diced avocado
  • 1-2 diced Roma tomatoes
  • One diced mango
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 c. onion, diced
  • Juice of one lime (or lemon juice if that's what you have)
  • Several dashes Frank's Red Hot sauce (if you like it hot)
  • Salt and garlic salt to taste  (I've never added this, but maybe should)

Peach Salsa (from Cooking Light website)

  • 2  cups  finely chopped peeled peach (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped red onion
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped cilantro
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lime juice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground red pepper
  • 1  jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1  garlic clove, minced


Sarah McK said...

I plan to make several of these salsas soon! Thanks for posting such yummy, summer appropriate salsas!

Laura said...

Every one of these looks absolutely divine. Do you have a favorite Rach?

Laura said...

Made the pineapple one tonight--so yummy!!!!!