Estelle’s Thai Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw
December 24, 2012 by Irene Saiger
As 2012 comes to an end, I want to thank all of you who have continued to give me support and encouragement over the past year. Some of you send me private e-mails, some of you post comments on the blog, some “like” me on Facebook, and some of you subscribe but never say a word, and that too is appreciated.
My friend Estelle sent me and our friend Susan this e-mail about a Shabbat dinner that she prepared for her family, and because she is an incredible cook I am sure these chicken tacos are as good as she said they were. More importantly, you will see that she left her comfort zone, not an easy thing to do, whether it be in the kitchen or elsewhere. May 2013 be filled with health, happiness, good food, and just enough courage to try something new.
” Dear Friends,
Over the past years I have admired many of my friends. I have been lucky to have been surrounded by women that have given me advice, names of painters, doctors, and recipes that have turned a meal into a memory. I have forwarded many of those recipes to you, but today I thought I would write a little story along with an incredible recipe, that I served on Shabbat.
I have two wonderful friends by the names of Irene and Susie. I look forward to their blog posts, not only for the delicious recipes, but truly for their stories, and the memories they share with all of us. After reading many of Irene’s stories and recipes, I wonder if we are related. Often times when I make something truly delicious, I always wonder what Irene and Susie would have said about this dish.
Recently I had a lovely lunch with a new friend. We talked for a long time and then swapped Shabbat recipes. I told her I was going to make Thai Chicken Tacos but was not going to serve them with corn tortillas, as the recipe called for. I explained that I could hear my dad’s voice saying, ” What is a tortilla?” But my friend told me that she had done a Mexican themed Shabbat dinner and it was fine. She gave me “permission” to veer from the norm. When I came home, I was still not convinced but then I fondly remembered many Mexican Shabbat dinners at Susie’s house. Most of them had tortillas that complemented her delicious menu. Could I have the courage to do that? I did it, and our dinner felt both familiar and like an adventure, but most importantly, it still felt like Shabbat.
Warmest wishes to all, Estelle. “
Thai Chicken Tacos
1 lime, halved
l lb skinless boneless chicken breasts, thighs, or tenders, cut into strips, 1/2″ thick.
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 shallot, sliced
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 to 1 tsp chili flakes
1/2 to 1 tsp hot sauce
2 Tb vegetable oil
16 corn tortillas heated
1 recipe Cabbage Slaw
Juice one half of a lime. Cut remaining half in wedges (oops forgot to serve them) and set aside. In a bowl combine chicken strips, cilantro, shallot, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, chili flakes, and hot sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour ( I did it overnight.) In a large skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium high till cooked, about 1o minutes, stirring occasionally. To serve, layer 2 tortillas (we used only one) top with chicken and cabbage slaw. Serve remaining cabbage slaw and lime wedges on side.
in a bowl toss 2 cups shredded Napa cabbage, 1/2 cup shredded carrot, 1/2 cup sliced green onion, 1/2 cup sliced radishes (did not use as I forgot to buy them) 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and 1/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (did not use as my mom is allergic.) Although think it would be better with sliced or slivered almonds. Add 1/4 cup rice vinegar and toss.