Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Chicken soft tacos
For the chicken: i take a single organic-if-you-can-afford it chicken breast and with a very sharp knife cut it in two width wise so you have 2 large but thin pieces of chicken. I squeeze a lime on them and then sprinkle dried chipotle and salt over them. I quickly grill them on a hot grill pan. No oil needed. You'll get gorgeous caramelized lines on the chicken just from the scant natural sugar in the lime. Note, i take them off the grill pan when they are still a bit pink inside because I finish this dish off in the oven and want the chicken to still be juicy.
I cut the chicken in strips and place on the tortillas. This week I am using Fresh & Easy's cilantro jalapeño flour tortillas. Fresh & Easy is the US execution from Tesco. I love love love it. Which is odd because I never shopped at Tesco in the UK. But they have great meat and produce and packaging that reminds me of how they do it in the UK - and that is one thing the UK has over the US. In the UK you can buy sensible sizes of things and not be wed to 5 pound bags of green beans. If you have a store near you, check it out. I hear they are still losing money and I really wish them well. Note these tortillas are 40gram and 100 calories each - so you have to account for that versus the 30 gram in weight watchers. I count them as 1 and a 1/3 each for simplifying the math - which works out to 3 points each.
I then mix up a fresh salsa salad-y thing for inside. Today I used 1/2 cup of frozen white corn, about a cup of cherry tomatoes halved, a finely chopped fresh apple, a whole lime, half a fresh jalapeño and maybe 1/4 cup of that serrano salsa fresa from trader joes. The corn has points associated with it (2 points for the 1/2 C). I put a couple big spoons of this on the chicken on the tortilla. Then I top this off with just a pinch of reduced fat shredded cheese - in this case a mix of colby and cheddar.
I roll the tortillas up and place them in a glass baking dish and slide them into a hot oven. One of the things I think is really important on a diet, and especially at lunch, is to try to eat hot food. I know most people work out of the home and can't, but I feel like emotionally a hot meal seems more comforting and homey. When the tortillas are crispy, or when Andy starts pacing in the kitchen, and I take them out and serve them with any of the remaining salsa-salad mixture.
11 Points total - 6 for two tortillas, 3 for the chicken, 1 each for the corn and the cheese.