Monday, June 6, 2011

Chicken al Pastor

Tacos al pastor is a favorite of my hubby's, but when chicken is cheaper than pork, which is the traditional meat for al pastor, I am willing to make a few tweaks and have a variation on this very tasty, very popular Mexican staple.

The seasoning in tacos al pastor is commonly a mixture of the sweetness of onion, the tang and acidity of pineapple, and some peppers/chiles. My recipe is a bit mild, you can increase the heat by upping the amount of the peppers used.

1 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs or breast, cubed ($2.25)
1/2 C. chopped pineapple, with juice ($.40)
3/4 tsp. ancho chile powder ($.10)
1 tsp. garlic powder ($.05)
1 medium onion, cut in strips ($.09)
1-2 T. chipotle in adobo with sauce ($.30)
juice of 1 lime ($.10)

Toss all ingredients except chicken, adding chipotle a tablespoon at a time (tasting to check for heat), then add chicken and allow to marinade 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Generously spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and cook over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes, until the chicken is golden brown and juices run clear.

Serve in tortillas with cilantro and onion, or with your favorite taco toppings.

Yield: 4 servings
Cost: $3.29
Cost per serving: $.82

1 comment:

  1. Sunshine SweetnessOctober 18, 2011

    Chicken's been on sale this week, so I'll be giving this recipe a try tomorrow. I love tacos al pastor and cannot wait for my family to try this.