November 9, 2012 9:00 AM
Lime-Rubbed Chicken Tacos with Corn Guacamole
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Tacos de pollo con guacamole con elote
Serves 6 to 8

Chicken Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, or 1/4 teaspoon dried

Corn Guacamole Ingredients:
2 large ripe Mexican avocados, halved, pitted and diced
1 jalapeño chile, roasted, chopped, or to taste
2 garlic cloves, roasted with the skin on, peeled and minced
3/4 cup corn kernels, shaved from corn, or cooked from thawed
3/4 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or chopped
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste

To assemble Tacos:
10-12 corn tortillas, homemade or store-bought

To make the Chicken:
Mix the lime juice with the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper and rosemary in a bowl. Pour on top of the chicken, in a container. Cover and refrigerate anywhere from 1/2 hour up to 12 hours.

Heat a medium-sized sauté or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add corn or safflower oil; once it is hot but not smoking, add the chicken. Sauté until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from the pan, place on chopping board to cool. When cool enough to handle, slice into diagonal strips about a 1/2-inch wide.

To make the Guacamole:
Place the jalapeño and garlic cloves in a small baking dish under the broiler, for 6 to 9 minutes, until completely cooked through, soft and skin is charred. Once cool enough to handle, peel garlic and mince along with chiles.

Place diced avocado in a mixing bowl. Add the charred and minced garlic and jalapeños, gently tossing everything together well. Incorporate the corn and tomatoes. Squeeze the lime juice on top and sprinkle the salt. Mix it all together.

To assemble Tacos:
In an already hot skillet or comal set over medium-low heat, heat the tortillas. It will take about 1 minute per side.

Place the tortillas in a tortilla warmer or wrap them in a clean kitchen towel or cloth napkin. Serve them together with the guacamole and the chicken at the table and assemble your tacos!


My wife and I have just started watching Patti's Mexican Table and love her. What a great TV presence and of course, the recipes are great. We are going to make the Bricklayer-Style Beef Tacos this evening.

We look forward to watching more of Patti's shows and her charming persona.


David & Kathleen Sciascia

David Sciascia | November 24, 2012 1:15 PM

Hola David & Kathleen, Thank you so much for watching and for your gracious comments! Please let me know how your tacos turn out and if you try anything else! All the best to you both.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from David Sciascia | November 26, 2012 5:31 PM

Taco episode: how do you "char" the garlic? In the skin? Under the broiler? Both?
Love your show. Love Mexican food. Love you. You are today's answer to Diana Kennedy.
Muchisimas gracias! Beto

Bob Fisher | November 28, 2012 11:16 PM

Hola Beto, You char the garlic with the jalapenos in a small baking dish under the broiler. Yes, leave the skin on. When it cools down, you'll just peel off the skin. Thank you so much for your comments. I am a huge fan of Diana Kennedy!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Bob Fisher | November 29, 2012 1:48 PM

I made this last night for dinner and it was a hit! The chicken was really flavorful and the corn guacamole was light and fresh. I made the recipe for two of us and it was plenty. If I were to make it for 4 people I would add maybe a half pound more chicken and double the guacamole. I will definitely make this again. Pati, we love your show. I can't wait till your cookbook comes out!

Emily Weber | December 8, 2012 4:21 PM

Hola Emily, Thank you for writing me about making the chicken tacos! Your amounts for four people sound perfect. Also, please get a copy of my cookbook!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Emily Weber | December 10, 2012 6:21 PM

Pati suggested I try the lime rubbed chicken tacos... I think on facebook.. I made them tonight and now I think I want to eat them everyday! They are so good. I love them !! Thank you Pati for suggesting them. Im a fan... I will need to get the cookbook!

Jacquie Androsko | December 28, 2012 10:56 PM