Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Tacos.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I’m dyyyying to know your plans for tonight. As well as your entire menu, because I’m a freak.
A curious, nosy freak that wants to know what goodness you will partake in.
Since I’m still kitchenless, we are going out. All I can tell you is that a lot of tequila, guac and queso will be involved. Too many chips. Way too much cheese in general.
Sounds like a dream!
Ohhhh chicken tacos, let me count the ways. I realize that there are a million other chicken taco recipes out there (in fact, these weeknight chicken tacos are one of the most popular on my site!) so why on earth should you make THESE ones?!
Three words: chipotle.beer.braised.
Yes yes yes. This is chipotle beer braised chicken. In your taco!
Basically beer tacos. Booze tacos.
This flavor is unreeeeeeal. Oh my gosh. The chicken is so tender and juicy. The lime cabbage is crunchy. The avocado is perfect because what else is avocado if not perfect. Tomatoes, quick pickled radishes, some cilantro and a creamy chipotle drizzle for some richness. Lots of lime spritzes! Whatever tortillas you favor, be it corn or flour.
We use the boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they are just so flavorful. You could also probably do this in your slow cooker, but it is such a quick process from the stovetop to oven that I wouldn’t even bother, unless you have zero time at night.
I always think I have tonnnsss of time at night but I am one of the biggest procrastinators to ever exist, so then at 8:49PM I’m like OMG I HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO. Which makes it seem like a really great time to watch youtube videos or shop online for another 45 minutes. And then search on pinterest for DIY salt foam for my margarita.
I know you get this.
But I DID make you tacos, so let’s just pretend we’re eating them together. I hope you have something delicious in mind for today!
Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Tacos
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce minced
- 3 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chiles
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 tablespoons grapeseed canola or vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup of your favorite beer
quick pickled radish
- 6 radishes thinly sliced
- 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chiles
for serving & topping
- 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 to 2 avocados thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
- charred tortillas
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the chicken in a dish or resealable plastic bag and cover it with the salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, minced chili and adobo sauce. Add in the lime juice. Marinate for 30 minutes.
- Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Add the chicken and sear it on both sides until it’s deeply golden brown. Pour in the beer and let it cook down almost halfway.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, just until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the skillet and using forks or kitchen tongs, shred the chicken and toss with any of the juices and beer in the skillet.
- To assemble your tacos, add the cabbage and avocado to the tortilla. Top with the chicken, tomatoes, radishes, cilantro, queso fresco and chipotle cream. Enjoy!
quick pickled radish
- Place the radish slices in the fridge. Whisk together the vinegar, water, sugar and salt and pour it over the radishes. Let sit for about 30 minutes and store in the fridge.
- Whisk together the sour cream/yogurt, lime juice and adobo sauce until smooth and combined.
for serving & topping
- In a bowl, toss the shredded cabbage with the lime juice and olive oil. Season it with the salt and pepper.
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32 Comments on “Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Tacos.”
These tacos are to die for! Loving loving loving the beer braise. I think these babies would go great with some tequila…. ;) xoxo
Loving the beer braise!! So much yes here. I could eat these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ;-)
Any modifications to cook the chicken in an instant pot???
They look delish! Charred steak & black bean taquitos and slow cooked pork mole tacos with lime pickled onions are on the menu at my table tonight!
Love those rainbow toppings. Tell us more about salt foam! We’re heading to Cigar City Brewery tonight. If the food truck parked outside doesn’t have tacos then we have to find the Taco Bus.
Yum! I would make these, but thanks to hello fresh we are having their tacos tonight. Of course I have to add avocado to them. And I’m making your mango margaritas from yesterday (minus the mint – sorry it’s just not a flavor I can get behind).
These look great. I’m making carnitas with homemade salsa verde, your pineapple bacon goat cheese guac but considering leaving out the goat cheese because people are lame and might think it’s “too much”. Also tequila queso fundito and your tres leche donuts! Side note, how well do you think the donuts will keep if made a few hours in advance?
Happy cinco de mayo!
Nom Nom Nom.
We are heading to Tulum Mexico in about 10 days and all I have one my mind is TACOS. oh and margaritas. :)
You’re the best! Come to BOSTON!
Also are you brewing your own kombucha yet?!?!?!
give me alll the toppings! and oof; procrastination is a major thing around here. especially since it’s getting warm, and all i want to do is lounge about…
We’re making nachos tonight with the chipotle chicken taco chicken from Mel’s kitchen cafe and your bacon pineapple guac! Tres leches cake courtesy of Wegmans for dessert 😍
I saw this recipe at about 1pm and ha fit obviously the table for dinner tonight! So good! And everyone thought it was such an elaborate , delish taco dish but it really was easy!
GAH, autocorrect. *had it on the table
I made this last night along with your strawberry margaritas and both were amazing! I’m used to cooking chicken breasts and have never cooked with beer so I was a little intimidated. However, it was quite easy and I am glad I did it! I ended up using Gumballhead for the beer and got to sip on one while I was cooking. Will definitely make again!
I saw this recipe at 2pm and made it at 6pm!! Jessica, they were SO GOOD. Everyone was dying over them – and really they’re so easy you could make them on a weeknight too. Great work as usual!!
Very nice and my hubby’s favorite chicken recipe. Thanks dear for such yummy recipe.
I love chicken tacos, you know. And you added one more level to it by presentation. This is really great. Thanks for the awesomely yummy recipe.
I totally need to try these! They don’t seem as quick for a weeknight meal but definitely sound tasty!
A healthy awesome dish, this is truly awesome.
Made these tonight….soooooo good! Even the neighbor kid that never eats anything love ’em!
Made these tonight and they were soooo good! Another great recipe that will go in my regular rotation.
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Never could be better than this. Just awesome. If you ever tell me, i would reply “FANTASTICALLY BEAUTIFUL”. This is the word i could find for you and about this recipe!
I have to admit that my mouth is full of water while seeing the recipe of beer braised chipotle chicken tacos. Awesome share. Like it and love it :)
These are divine! Even though we accidentally made them wrong—we added the beer right to the marinade. After marinating (and realizing our mistake) we browned the chicken as directed and then poured the marinade into the pan, reduced it by half, and then popped it in the oven. These were so delicious! We also used chicken breasts instead of thighs, because that’s what we had on hand, and they were great. Love the flavors and the toppings. My husband went nuts for these. :)
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These look awesome! I am wondering if you have any suggestions for how to convert the recipe for the slow cooker? Thanks!
Wow! how delicious recipe..! I just love it and will definitely try this today. Thanks for sharing.
Made tonight…these are everything!!!
I am definitely in love with some of these recipes. Time to cook :)
SO good! Awesome flavor & definitely worth the little extra time to cook on stove and in oven. Pickled radish is a great touch! Excited to share this recipe with my fam & make again soon!
Made this last night (scaled it up to feed a larger group) and it was a big hit. A little too spicy for my elderly mother but over a bed of rice it helped to tone it down a bit. I am definitely going to try adapting this a bit to work in an instant pot. Thanks for another great recipe!!!!