Saturday, June 9, 2012

Chicken Tostadas with Pink Pickled Onions

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a dish that I would describe as being vaguely Southwestern. While it is delicious, it is mildly flavored and may not be to the liking of those who relish the heat of true Southwestern or Mexican cooking. Children, however, really enjoy these tostadas, and, better still, those ten and older can make the dish by themselves if there is an adult nearby. I found the recipe in Family Circle  magazine and knew it would work well for a light family meal when the clan gathers this July. Convenience dictated a few simple changes to the recipe, so I used boneless rather than bone-in chicken thighs and swapped flour tortillas for the corn suggested by the recipe developer. In order to control the fat content of the dish, I decided to mist the tortillas with cooking spray instead of brushing them with oil. Save for those changes, the recipe is as it appears below. If you decide to try these, be sure to go the whole nine yards and make the pink onions as well. While they serve as a garnish, they also add a bit of pep to an otherwise mild dish. I do hope you'll try these. Here's how they are made.

Chicken Tostadas with Pink Pickled Onions...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Family Circle magazine

Pink Pickled Onions
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
Chicken Tostadas
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing tortillas
1 cup diced yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
8 corn tortillas
Shredded pepper Jack cheese (optional)
Fresh cilantro (optional)

1) To make pickled onions: Combine onion, vinegar, sugar, salt and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; simmer 1 minute. Pour into a heat-proof bowl, cover and chill until using.
2) To make tostadas: Combine chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne and salt in a small bowl. Rub spice mixture on chicken thighs. Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, lidded saute pan on medium-high heat. Sear chicken 2 to 3 minutes per side; remove to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add onion; saute 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 more minute. Pour tomatoes and broth into pan, scraping brown bits from bottom. Bring to a simmer, then return chicken to pan and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 35 minutes. Remove chicken, discard bones and shred meat. Return to pan. Keep warm.
3) To prepare tortillas: While chicken simmers, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly brush both sides of tortillas with vegetable oil and place them in a single layer on two baking sheets. Bake for 5 minutes, turn and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until brown and crispy. Remove from oven, cover with aluminum foil and set aside. Remove chicken, shred and return to pan; discard bones.
4) To assemble: Place one tortilla on plate. Transfer a bit of chicken mixture to tortilla using a slotted spoon. Place another tortilla on top. Garnish with pickled onion and, if desired, cheese and cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.

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Red Nomad OZ said...

I'd make the pink pickled onions just for the look of them - although I'm sure they're delicious! Hope your weekend is coming along nicely!!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Just the onion by itself is beautiful and pink!

Anonymous said...

wow those look delicious! and pickled onions! yum! thanks for sharing!

Chiara said...

those look tasty, delicious! have a good day, blessings....

KathyB. said...

Everything about this dish is appealing, especially because it will be a crowd pleaser all 'round.You always manage to post recipes in such a way as to make them simple and delicious. Plus, your stories , histories, and comments are enjoyable making me want even more to make the recipe. The recipes of yours I have used have always been good and worth making again, I suspect this one will too.

Diane said...

This looks quite yummy to me and I love those pink pickled onions. Stay well Diane

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Love it especially those pinky pickled onion! Lovely great dish for summer! Have a wonderful weekend, Mary! :)

Big Dude said...

It looks delicious and more heat can always be added by the consumer ala Bev who keeps the crushed red pepper sitting on the island.

SImple and Serene Living said...

I have never seen pink pickled onions before. How fun!

From the Kitchen said...

This sounds delicious. I think I could find other uses for those pink onions as well. I just dropped off my friend at the train station to return to Fond du Lac. She lived for many years in Lake Oswego when her husband was dean at Lewis and Clark. She told me she's a "lurker" on your blog and has used many of your recipes. Have a delicious weekend.


Angie's Recipes said...

I would enjoy those tostadas too. Looks very tasty.

Lori E said...

The good thing is those of us who like the heat can adjust the recipe to our liking.
I know my family would gobble these up either way. We eat onions every day and this is just one more way to enjoy them.
I like that you use a good amount of cumin. I find too many people have a light hand with their spices and herbs and their food is tasteless and bland.

Gloria Baker said...

really delicious dear Mary:) Have a nice and lovely day!

Lenia said...

What a delicious idea!Kisses,dear Mary!

Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn said...

Wow, Mary, we must have been on the same page with the tortillas this week! I love pickled onions - and can only imagine how well the sweet and sour pickles bounced off of the smokiness of the other spices. Yum!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I like the term "vaguely Southwestern." :-) I'd go south of the border for this!

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Anonymous said...

I've bookmarked this - it really looks wonderful and I love the spices you've used. This could well be dinner tomorrow - thanks!
Mary x

Pondside said...

This looks like a great summer Saturday night idea.

Ellen B Cookery said...

A great idea for the summer! By the way, I appreciate the healthy alterations you made from the original recipe.

Dining Alone said...

I love pickled onions on anything! This would be easy to spice up for people who like a hotter style of food.

Anonymous said...

I love the onions... they'd be a great side for all sorts of things. Even just with crackers and cheese, maybe...

France@beyondthepeel said...

What a nice idea to simply spray the tortillas with oil instead of brushing. I'll be using that trick for sure.

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