Ancho Chile Chicken Tacos with Blistered Shishito Peppers & Cabbage Slaw
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Ancho Chile Chicken Tacos

with Blistered Shishito Peppers & Cabbage Slaw

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Made from dried, ground poblano peppers, ancho chile paste can provide complex, smoky flavor to Mexican dishes. Tonight, it’s the star of our chicken tacos, which also get seasonal flair from shishito peppers—cooked on the stovetop until their skins blister, for satisfying depth of flavor. Cooling lime crème fraîche and a crisp red cabbage slaw balance out the zesty tacos. (Chefs, shishitos are generally mild, but about one in ten can pack a punch!)

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  • Calories
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Prepare the ingredients & make the lime creme fraiche:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the lime creme fraiche:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the cabbage core; thinly slice the leaves. Place in a large bowl. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut off and discard the pepper stems. Place the peppers in a bowl; drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves and stems. Quarter the lime. In a bowl, combine the crème fraîche and the juice of 1 lime wedge. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the slaw:
2 Make the slaw:

Add the sugar, white bottoms of the scallions, and the juice of the remaining lime wedges to the bowl of cabbage. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Blister & chop the peppers:
3 Blister & chop the peppers:

While the slaw marinates, heat a medium, dry pan (nonstick, if you have one) on medium-high until hot. Add the peppers (including any oil from the bowl) in a single layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and blistered. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned and softened. Transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop.

Cook the chicken:
4 Cook the chicken:

While the slaw continues to marinate, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Add the chile paste and 2 tablespoons of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the chicken is thoroughly coated. Turn off the heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Warm the tortillas:
5 Warm the tortillas:

While the chicken cooks, stack the tortillas on a large piece of aluminum foil; tightly wrap the foil around the tortillas to seal. Carefully place directly onto the oven rack and warm 5 to 7 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Remove from the oven. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap.

Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:

Divide the cooked chicken and chopped peppers among the warmed tortillas. Garnish with the lime crème fraîche, cheese, and cilantro; divide between 2 dishes. Transfer the slaw to a serving dish. Garnish the tacos and slaw with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients & make the lime creme fraiche:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the cabbage core; thinly slice the leaves. Place in a large bowl. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut off and discard the pepper stems. Place the peppers in a bowl; drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves and stems. Quarter the lime. In a bowl, combine the crème fraîche and the juice of 1 lime wedge. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2 Make the slaw:

Add the sugar, white bottoms of the scallions, and the juice of the remaining lime wedges to the bowl of cabbage. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the slaw:
Blister & chop the peppers:
3 Blister & chop the peppers:

While the slaw marinates, heat a medium, dry pan (nonstick, if you have one) on medium-high until hot. Add the peppers (including any oil from the bowl) in a single layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and blistered. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned and softened. Transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop.

4 Cook the chicken:

While the slaw continues to marinate, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Add the chile paste and 2 tablespoons of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the chicken is thoroughly coated. Turn off the heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the chicken:
Warm the tortillas:
5 Warm the tortillas:

While the chicken cooks, stack the tortillas on a large piece of aluminum foil; tightly wrap the foil around the tortillas to seal. Carefully place directly onto the oven rack and warm 5 to 7 minutes, or until heated through and pliable. Remove from the oven. Transfer to a work surface and carefully unwrap.

6 Plate your dish:

Divide the cooked chicken and chopped peppers among the warmed tortillas. Garnish with the lime crème fraîche, cheese, and cilantro; divide between 2 dishes. Transfer the slaw to a serving dish. Garnish the tacos and slaw with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Plate your dish:
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