Recipe by Chef Kiki
"Don't let the cactus part fool you! They already sell it canned or peeled whichever you prefer. One of my bff's mom taught me this recipe and it goes great with just about anything. Not for the faint of heart if you're not into spicy things."
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skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
fresh tomatillos, husks removed
fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded
1 (16 ounce) jar
canned nopales (cactus), drained
This is really simple and tasty. I've made it twice now and the second time around I used 4 tomatillos and when I blended the tomatillos and jalapenos I added a little chicken broth.
Not enough flavor for me. Definitely needed salt. I used fresh nopales (grown on our property) and they made the mixture pretty slimy. My Mexican husband told me when it was too late that I should have chopped them before boiling and the boiling would take the sliminess out. Maybe next time.
Very good! I also used additional tomatillos and only used 1 jalapeno since I have a tendency to make things too hot for most tastes. I added about 1/4 C chicken broth and 1/4 t ground cumin. Serverd on tortillas with mex blend cheese and something new, Rosa Rita green salsa verde, which had just the right kick. Will make this again!
Good & easy recipe. As So. California residents my mother grows cactus aka Nopales in her yard & she harvests this "green meat" throughout the year. As kids we grew up on it. Thanks for sharing with my additions it was a hearty meal that got rave reviews. I served it corn tortillas, a side of rice and limes.
My edits: I added tablespoon of chicken bouillon, garlic and a big chunky onion.
I understand that this is "con Nopales" but after having it, I can't say that the cactus was really worth the mess and effort. I think a better substitute for the flavors in this would just be green peppers/pepper medley. Otherwise, a fantastic recipe. I added some garlic powder, a bunch of fresh cilantro, and a 1/4 onion to the green sauce and the flavor was phenomenal. Will definitely make it again with the above adjustments.
Not bad. I used pre-cooked, packaged chicken slices, and added a dash of garlic powder, 2 tbsp lime juice, and 2 tbsp of dried cilantro leaves. I didn't shred my chicken, just a personal preference. Thanks, Chef Kiki.
Very good flavor! We used bell peppers instead of nopales and added one white onion and a bit of chicken broth, served over white rice and/or in corn tortillas. Everyone loved it! Definitely a keeper!!
made with chicken breast chunks, did not shred, added black beans with the cactus and some onion, cumin and a dash of chicken boullion, put on tortillas and used tomatillo salsa as a topping with some grated cheese, YUMMY!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Pollo con Nopales (Chicken and Cactus)
Serving Size: 1/2 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 29
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