Chicken-Watermelon Tacos

Chicken-Watermelon Tacos

Fresh watermelon makes for a summery tomato substitute in classic chicken tacos. Dovetailing Tip: Use the grilled and shredded chicken from day 2 to use in todays tacos. Use the 2 cups of reserved cubed watermelon from day 2 for to days tacos.

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Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 233

4 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 large jalapeno pepper
1 small red onion (1/2 cut into large chunks, 1/2 thinly sliced)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (skin removed)
juice of 2 lime, plus wedges for serving
kosher salt
2 cups chopped watermelons
11/2 cups fresh cilantro
3/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese (about 3 ounces)
freshly ground pepper
12 corn tortillas
1 avocado, chopped

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the tomatillos, jalapeno and red onion chunks. Cook, turning, until blistered, 5 to 6 minutes for the onion and 7 to 8 minutes for the tomatillos and jalapeno. Transfer to a cutting board; cool slightly. Chop the tomatillos and onion; seed and chop the jalapeno.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatillos, chopped onions and half of the jalapeno. Cook until the vegetables release their juices, then add the chicken, the juice of 1 lime and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Simmer until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Keep warm over low heat.

Toss the watermelon, 1/2 cup cilantro, the sliced red onion, the remaining jalapeno, juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon olive oil and half of the cheese in a bowl. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Warm the tortillas in a dry skillet.

Add the remaining 1 cup cilantro to the chicken mixture. Divide among the tortillas; top with the watermelon salad, the remaining cheese and the avocado. Serve with lime wedges.


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