Coriander Chicken Tacos with Mango-Tomato Salsa

Have I ever mentioned that I am obsessed with coriander?

It smells sooo heavenly.  I want to swim in it!  It’s actually the seeds of the cilantro plant.  No wonder I love it!  I love cilantro!

How about a recipe that includes both?  Spanish maybe?  Done.

Coriander makes such a great spice for chicken, seafood, and vegetables and is used extensively in many Latin American countries including Mexico.  Try this recipe with a different protein for variety!

The mango-tomato salsa is divine.  It’s all the chicken needs.  If you have an avocado handy, add that in too!

Coriander Chicken Tacos with Mango-Tomato Salsa

Yield 4-5 cups chicken & 2 cups salsa.

the chicken:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • juice of half a lime
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for cooking

the salsa:

  • 2 mangoes, diced
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered or halved
  • 1 avocado, diced (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno, partially seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • juice of whole lime
  • salt to taste
  • 8-10 tortillas, corn if you’re going gluten free

Begin with the chicken, dicing the meat into uniform pieces.

Measure out the coriander, garlic powder, oregano, pepper and salt, and add to a zip top bag with the chicken.  Add canola oil and the lime juice, seal up and toss to evenly coat. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Next, prepare the salsa.  Dice up the mangoes, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro and onion and add to a bowl.  Sprinkle in the coriander and salt and squeeze the lemon juice over the top.  Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate.

Add the chicken to a skillet with 2 tablespoons canola oil.  Cook on medium high heat until cooked through and browned on the outside.

Warm the tortillas in a clean skillet over high heat until warmed through and beginning to brown.  Keep warm in a kitchen towel until ready to serve.

Assemble tacos, topping chicken with salsa mixture.  Serve with hot sauce and wedges of lime.  Enjoy!

 

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