Is it Cinco de Mayo yet? If you are not sure what to share with your family and friends for Cinco de Mayo, how about serving these Beer Braised Chicken Tacos?
Cinco de Mayo is another one of my favorite holidays, and this year I will be celebrating it in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I doubt very much that I will be able to get my chops around some Mexican food, but I will make sure to raise a glass of tequila to commemorate Mexican culture. I’m a little ignorant of the culture to be honest, but I do love the food.
Which brings me back to these wonderful Beer Braised Chicken Tacos. To create this dish I used chicken breast with bones, skin on. Using skinless and boneless chicken is fine, but the former helps to lock in flavor and moisture. The chicken is cooked slowly in a dutch pot for 1 1/2 to 2 hours in a mixture of herbs and spices, and of course, beer.
The beer in Beer Braised Chicken Tacos applies a nice depth of flavor, you will be able to taste it, but only for a few moments before the spices demand your tastes buds’ attention. You will need two bottles of beer, I used Corona, but you can use any lager. I wouldn’t suggest using a stout or bitter, that’s a whole different flavor category that would overpower this dish.
This recipe is great for parties. 2lb of chicken breast will go a long way to give you at least 16 tacos, and likely a few more, if you use 6 inch tortillas.
You can top your chicken tacos with almost anything you desire, but I really liked it with a simple combination of avocado, jalapeno, cilantro doused in lime juice.
Whatever you decide on as a topping, never fear these babies will not disappoint.