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Beer-Marinated Chicken Tacos

Many Americans are accustomed to guacamole loaded with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and fiery chiles, but a more traditional version in Mexico and parts of Texas is simply mashed avocados with a bit of salt and lime juice. It's rich and buttery -- a fabulous topping for these juicy chicken tacos.

Type: Chicken, Poultry
Courses: Starters and appetizers
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

6   Boneless skinless chicken thighs - (abt 4 oz ea)
6   Flour or corn tortillas - (6" to 7" dia)
1 cup 237mlDark Mexican beer
  = (such as Negra Modelo)
2 tablespoons 30mlDark sesame oil
1 tablespoon 15mlFinely-chopped garlic
1 teaspoon 5mlDried oregano
1 teaspoon 5mlKosher salt
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlFreshly-ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlCayenne
2   Ripe Haas avocados
1 tablespoon 15mlFresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlKosher salt

Recipe Instructions

To make the Marinade: In a small bowl whisk together the marinade ingredients.

Rinse the chicken thighs under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place them in a large, plastic resealable bag and pour in the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place the bag in a bowl, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning the bag occasionally.

To make the Muacamole: Cut the avocados lengthwise around the pits, twist the halves apart, and remove the pits. Scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Add the lime juice and salt. Using a potato masher or the back of a spoon, mash the ingredients together. Cover with plastic wrap, placing it directly on the surface to prevent browning, and refrigerate until about 1 hour before serving.

Remove the chicken thighs from the bag and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken thighs over Direct Medium heat until the meat is firm and the juices run clear, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling time. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and cut the thighs into thin strips.

Warm the tortillas over Direct Medium heat for about 1 minute, turning once halfway through grilling time. Pile the sliced chicken inside the tortillas. Top each taco with a spoonful of guacamole. Serve warm.

This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

Wine Recommendation: Pour a glass of soft red wine with lots of fruit, such as a California Pinot Noir.

Beer Recommendation: A dark Mexican beer tastes just right for this grilled apperitivo.

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