Smoked Paprika Chicken Tacos with Spicy Goat Cheese

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I love tacos.  I love smoke paprika and I really, really love goat cheese!  This recipe combines all of these wonderful ingredients into an amazing taco (another one of my favorites – I could eat tacos all of the time!).

Serves 4

Time: 1 hour + a little extra

Chicken Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1.5  teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1-2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 limes, sliced into wedges
1 sweet onion, sliced thickly into 8 slices
Spicy Goat Cheese Queso
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 jalapeño pepper, diced
2garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup milk
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Taco Additions
corn tortillas for serving
chopped tomatoes
sliced avocado
cilantro, de-stemed

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Combine the smoked paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder in a small bowl.

3. Place the sliced onion all over the bottom of the baking dish, rub the chicken with the spices and then place the chicken on top of the onions.  Set the lime wedges in between the chicken. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool slightly, then shred.

4.  For the spicy goat cheese queso, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and add the diced jalapeño and garlic.  Simmer, without burning, for about 1 – 2 minutes.  Once the butter mixture is slightly boiling whisk in flour to create a roux.   Turn to low and let simmer for another 1-2 minutes until the roux is golden brown and bubbly.  Then, pour the milk in whisking until smooth and combined (keeping heat on low).   Once the roux has slightly thickened add the goat cheese and stir until the cheese melts and is creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

5. Slice the tomatoes and avocado and tear off the cilantro leaves from the steam.

6. Once the chicken has cooked shred into bite sized pieces.  Heat up the tacos until soft, scoop out some chicken onto each taco and add the vegetables and place a dollop of the goat cheese queso on top.

 

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Artichoke & Asparagus Chicken Skewers

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My husband and I really, really, really liked this dish!  We made it a second time with a pork tenderloin for a friend that can’t eat chicken and it’s equally as yummy!  The lemon herb vinaigrette is a little over kill / way too much oil for this dish so we skipped it the second time – I would highly recommend doing that.  The asparagus  that we get here in Colorado are way too skinny to put on the wood kabob stick, so I simply put them in the bag of marinade after I took the chicken / pork out of the bag, rolled the asparagus around a bit to coat them and then grilled them separately.

Serves: 4

Time: Refrigerate overnight, then 1 hour, approximately

Moroccan Chicken
1 1/2 – 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken, cut into bite size pieces
2 cloves garlic
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
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Lemon Herb vinaigrette

2 small to medium lemons, grated + juiced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 a lime, juiced

 

Minted Goat Cheese Yogurt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper, to taste
3 ounces soft goat cheese
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Kabob Veggies
1 (6 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 bunch asparagus
 
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1) Add the ingredients for the chicken marinade to a food processor and blend until smooth, add to a gallon sized zip-lock bag with the chicken pieces and massage the marinade over the chicken.  Refrigerate overnight.
2) The day of:  Mix all of the ingredients of the minted goat cheese yogurt together, cover and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
3) Pour the lemon juice and add the lemon zest into a small sauce pan over low heat; bring to a simmer and simmer for about 1 minute or until the zest absorbs the juice.  You do not want the zest burn and get stuck to the pan.  Add this mixture to the olive oil, parsley, salt, honey and lime juice. Whisk to combine and set aside.
4) Get the coals of your BBQ ready. Soak the wood kabob skewers for about 5 minutes.
5) Thread the chicken and artichoke hearts on the wood kabob artichoke .  Place the asparagus in the bag of marinade and move around to coat.  Place the chicken/artichoke kabob artichoke plus asparagus on the grill and grill until the chicken is cooked through and the asparagus are tender but aren’t overcooked.
6) Serve the chicken with the the lemon herb vinaigrette, the minted goat cheese yogurt and couscous on the side.

 

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