I think I may have mentioned previously that I’m a lazy cook. I like maximum flavour and versatility in a dish, with the minimum effort. That’s where this Smokey Pulled Mexican Chicken dish comes in very handy. It takes no effort at all to make. It can be cooked in the slow cooker, or in the Thermomix, and there’s no difference at all in the taste or texture.
When we returned from Mexico I knew I hadn’t yet had my fill of Mexican food. I was actually still seriously craving all those delicious flavours. So much so, that when we returned to American the first thing we did is visit a Mexican Restaurant!
Once we returned to Australia I set about trying to recreate all the flavors I loved so much. I discovered that although my son hated avocado, after 10 days in Mexico he would happily eat his body weight in guacamole.
The kids also loved burritos! The delicious soft flour tortilla filled with a delicious smokey, meat filling and packed with Mexican rice were our lunchtime staple. Whilst I would always chose Pork Carnitas, the kids preferred the Mexican chicken.
Once we returned home I set about mimicking the flavours from Mexico in my owned Mexican pulled dish. This recipe makes enough Mexican chicken for a number of meals. It such a help having leftovers in the fridge when your busy. Knowing that I don’t need to start a meal from scratch is a real load off my mind. The Mexican chicken can be served with rice, used as a filling for wraps or tacos or as a topping for Nachos.
My kids love it when I top their nachos with the pulled chicken, although I think they just like an excuse to eat corn chips covered in cheese and sour cream. My favourite way to eat this dish is with homemade tortillas as a taco filling. I usually make my own guacamole and some Tomatillo sauce and enjoy a light, healthy, tasty Mexican dish.
The rich smokey flavour in this recipe comes from smoked sweet paprika. Even as the Mexican pulled chicken cooks the smokey flavour travels through the house.
As I said previously, all the ingredients can be just dumped in the slow cooker or you can use a Thermomix. If you have a TM5 I have an extra special “cheat” for you. On the TM5 EDC recipe chip there’s a dish called Hungarian Goulash. When I make Mexican Chicken, I follow the recipe chips instructions for Goulash. I just use the Mexican chicken ingredients. It works perfectly every time.
I have included this recipe on the website especially for my gorgeous Thermomix consultant in Coffs Harbour Gemma. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as I do.
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