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BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa |Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

I'm a huge fan of all things involving Mexican food. Smoky parika, super spicy cayenne, sweet tomatoes and soft avocado, all make Mexican dishes unique and delicious. It makes me feel like I'm having a fiesta in my mouth, with bursts of flavor erupting with every bite.

The base of many Mexican dishes is corn, which lends itself very well to someone living on a gluten-free diet. Most traditional Mexican food is naturally gluten-free and needs little adaptation, if any, to make it safe for all us who are sensitive to gluten.

But one of things I admire most about Mexican cuisine is its emphasis on fresh ingredients.

BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa |Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

And here in VT, classic Mexican ingredients are in full bloom and we're getting loaded up with these delicious goodies in our CSA basket each week. This week we opened our bag to find gigantic heirloom tomatoes, brilliantly green and purple tomatilloscrunchy purple cabbage and a bunch of fresh cilantro.

Are you thinking the same thing as me? It was time to throw a Mexican feast for me and Mr. Henderson. This time featuring fresh salsa verde served over warm, shredded chicken tacos. Oh boy was this gonna be good!

BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa |Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

And in proper summer fashion, I decided I needed to add a BBQ flare to this dish for a little added fun. Wary at first how the two flavors would intertwine, I was elated when I took my first bite.

The sweet tang from the barbecue sauce was the perfect balance to the smoky roasted tomatillo salsa. Topped with a perfectly ripe avocado and crispy purple cabbage, the tacos were simply sensational!

BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa |Gluten-Free | Queen of Quinoa

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BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

The sweet tang from the barbecue sauce was the perfect balance to the smoky roasted tomatillo salsa. Topped with a perfectly ripe avocado and crispy purple cabbage, the tacos were simply sensational!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword bbq, chicken, tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 15 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 829 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 large bone-in chicken breast preferably organic and cage free
  • 1 large white onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 cans about 1 liter ginger ale (no sugar added if you can)
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce see below for my homemade recipe
  • 1 pound tomatillos husks removed and washed
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 corn tortillas I like these ones
  • 1 cup cabbage thinly slice
  • 1 avocado pit removed and sliced

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of a crock pot with the chopped onions. Place the chicken breast on top of the onions and add the ginger ale. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cook the chicken on high for 4 - 6 hours, turning down to low for another 2 - 4 hours.
  3. Once the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the liquid and place on a cutting board until it's cool enough to handle.
  4. Shred with two forks and place in a small sauce pan.
  5. Add the barbecue sauce to the sauce pan and heat over low heat to warm the chicken back up.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Toss the tomatillos in 1 tablespoon olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  8. Roast in the oven until the tomatillos begin to soften and their juices start to ooze out, about 5 - 7 minutes.
  9. Add the roasted tomatillos, cilantro, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a high speed blender and blend on low until you have a smooth consistency.
  10. Heat the tortillas in a microwave or over medium heat in a dry saute pan.
  11. Serve the chicken onto each tortilla, top with cabbage and sliced avocado and drizzle with tomatillo salsa.
  12. Wrap up and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free | egg-free | nut-free | soy-free

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 829 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1052mg46%
Potassium 1915mg55%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 55.3mg67%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Now, if you don't already know this about me, I try to avoid eating refined sugar whenever I can. Since sugar is one of the top ingredients in barbecue sauce, I decided I needed to whip up my own, easy homemade version for this recipe. You could easily replace this sauce with your own favorite barbecue sauce and the recipe would be just as tasty!

 

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Homemade Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

Smoky, sweet and delicious 

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 /2 cup
Calories 260 kcal
Author Queen of Quinoa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Whisk all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat.
  2. Whisk until the sauce is warm, 1 - 2 minutes.
  3. Either add the chicken to the sauce pan or transfer the sauce to a jar and store for later use.

Recipe Notes

gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free | egg-free | nut-free | soy-free

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 2113mg92%
Potassium 454mg13%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 53g59%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2580IU52%
Vitamin C 22.8mg28%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post is shared on: Gluten-Free Fridays Recipe Party, Whole Food Fridays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays

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  1. I have never purchased a tomatilla. Is there a knack for picking these out. I see them in the Spanish market, but not sure how to choose.
    I appreciate any tips on this.
    Thanks
    Camille

      • I am Hispanic and corn tortillas are a staple in my home, as well as tamales during Christmas time; both products are corn based. In my research I am not finding corn to be a grain that people are allergic to. Are corn tortillas Gluten Free without having to buy special brands? (Corn, lime, salt, and some water)…Tamale masa is not a flour dough, its fresh ground corn, lard, and seasonings mixed thoroughly for hours until consistency reaches is full potential.

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