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Achiote Chicken Tacos with Esquites & Avo-Queso

Make your next Taco Tuesday legendary with these achiote chicken tacos, complete with fried corn Esquites and an avocado-infused Queso cheese sauce!

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Make your next Taco Tuesday legendary with these achiote chicken tacos, complete with fried corn Esquites and an avocado-infused Queso cheese sauce!

Ingredients

For the Achiote Chicken:

For the Esquites:

For the Avo-Queso:

Instructions

For the Achiote Chicken:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken pieces with the achiote paste until thoroughly combined. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least an hour (although a few hours is highly recommended). For best results, the chicken should be removed from the fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking, to allow even cooking.
  2. Cook the chicken just before serving, using any method you prefer: fry in a skillet, place on the grill/BBQ, or bake in an oven at 200°C/ 339°F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through.

For the Esquites:

  1. In a large pan or skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and jalapenos and cook for a minute, or until fragrant. Add the corn kernels. Stirring constantly, cook the corn for 10 or so minutes or until they begin to crisp.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl and stir through the lime zest and juice, pepper, salt, mayonnaise, and cilantro leaves. Can be served immediately, at room temperature, or cold.
  3. Just before serving, sprinkle over cotija cheese, paprika and cayenne pepper.

For the Avo-Queso:

  1. Heat the oil in the large pan and sauté the shallots until soft, around 5 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapenos and cook for a further 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add one cup of milk and bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining milk and cornstarch. Add this to the pan and whisk until combined and the sauce thickens. Whisk in the mashed avocado until well combined.
  3. Slowly stir in the cheese, a handful at a time, waiting until it has melted and combined until adding more. Once all the cheese has been added, stir though the salt and pepper.

Assembly:

  1. Warm the tortillas using your preferred method and assemble with the Achiote Chicken, Esquites and Avo-Queso, adding additional cilantro leaves, as desired.
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