chicken chilaquiles and jicama slaw

July 29, 2013 § 46 Comments

The other day I roasted a chicken and we didn’t even eat it for dinner!   It was one of those days.  We are remodeling this old cottage and the weekends are completed devoted to just that, sun up to sun down.  I had purchased a whole chicken and didn’t want to freeze it so I roasted it knowing we were not going to be able to have a sit down dinner.  I am glad I did because using the chicken the next day for chilaquiles was  a delight.  Served with jicama slaw.


I n g r e d i e n t s

  • 1 small roasted chicken,  shredded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes in purée
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce, from same can of chipotles
  • handful of cilantro, 1/2 cup chopped
  • tortilla chips,  at least 4-6 cups
  • 1/2 cup greek style yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cotija or feta cheese

Combine the oil and garlic in a large heavy bottom pot.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the garlic is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the tomatoes with their purée, chipotles and adobo sauce and 1 cup of water.  Break up the tomatoes, season with salt and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer until lightly thickened, about 10 minutes.  Add the chicken and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.  Turn off the heat and add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro.  Place a handful of chips in a serving bowl and top with chicken chilaquiles.  Make sure to spoon a little extra sauce on each serving.  Garnish with cilantro sprigs, greek yogurt and crumbled cotija cheese.


Jicama is such a curious root.  “The root’s exterior is yellow and papery, while its inside is creamy white with a crisp texture that resembles raw potato or pear. The flavor is sweet and starchy, reminiscent of some apples or raw green beans, and it is usually eaten raw, sometimes with salt, lemon, or lime juice and chili powder. It is also cooked in soups and stir-fried dishes.”  (wikipedia)  I simply added lime, a little thinly sliced red onion, cilantro, salt and pepper.  This was so cool and refreshing alongside the warm, spicy chilaquiles.  This was a perfect matched dinner, texturally speaking.  The soft spicy chilaquiles, creamy yogurt, crunchy tortilla chips and the crispy cool jicama all together sang in harmony with each bite.

I n g r e d i e n t s

  • 1 medium jicama, peeled and juliennned
  • 1/4 – 1/2 small red inion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • coarse salt and pepper

I did not want the red onion to be dominant in this slaw.  Use what your palate enjoys and play around with the lime juice as well.

In a medium bowl place all the ingredients and toss well.  Serve right away, or allow to marinate in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.

Serves 4.


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§ 46 Responses to chicken chilaquiles and jicama slaw

  • Having a cooked chicken in the refrigerator id so smart. Quick fix dinners with that on hand.

  • What a great idea for the chicken. And props for finding time to blog with all the work you are doing on the cottage!

    • Thank you! I got up this morning and can barely move after yesterday! Some of this work is so physical. Blogging is so fun for me I’ll always make time. :) Thank you for your kind comment.

  • This is the first time Ive heard of jicama! It kinda looks like sliced red onions in the picture of them you have!

  • PigLove says:

    Looks delicious! XOXO – Bacon

  • Now that is new food…to me. Really delicious ideas and lovely pictures. Good luck with all the hard work.

  • I imagine these southwestern flavors and chili’s are not very present in your neck of the woods. Thank you for your kind comment. :)

  • Yet another ingredient I haven’t heard of. Which kind of reminds me of when I was in Houston 5 years ago. We went to a Tex-Mex supermarket and I could hardly believe the veg section – so many beautiful looking veg that I’d never seen before. Unfortunately, even though one of the people I was with is from there, they neither knew the names or what they would be used for. Darn! Could’ve stayed several hours.

    • That is really funny. I have the same experience when I visit California. Some very interesting vegetables, roots, plants and cactus’ to eat! Very foreign to me. However, it is an entertaining walk through.

  • Jicama is so refreshing! I’ve never had the pleasure of cooking with it, but I imagine it’s perfect for summery slaws.
    Remodelling is always rather painful, but always so satisfying in the end :)

  • Love this post! We had chilaquiles for brunch out, visiting our daughter in Chicago and I’ve had them on the back of my mind every since. And I love, love jicama–sweet and fresh. thanks for the recipes!

  • Liz says:

    Yum, this looks amazing. Love how you work around the food “challenges” (roasted a chicken, but no time to eat it–will make chilaquiles :-) ) Agree that jicama is a curious root. You added great flavor with the lime juice, etc. And you have made me very hungry!

  • yum! I’ve only used jicama once, and I got carried away and overloaded an avocado salad with it :P I’m sure I’d like it when it’s not overwhelming all the other ingredients. Good luck on the remodel!

    • The jicama rootsI found were huge! I could not imagine eating that much so I asked the produce guy to 1/2 it and he did! This was a really nice way to prepare it…I think it goes really well with spicy food. Seems to really cool it off a little. Thanks on the remodel…I think we are on the 5 year plan though… It has been quite a learning process that is for sure! Good thing my husband knows what he’s doing! :)

  • Suzie says:

    This sounds really tasty! I know what you mean about finding time to sit down and it, let alone cook! Things can get hectic. I hope your remodeling goes well.

    • Thanks Suzie! So true. It is so important to me for us to sit down and summertime seems like the time of year we are not able to come together at the table. Daylight equals more time to get things done! :)

  • Lilly Sue says:

    Yum! I do that a lot too- living alone, a lot of time I just have to cook up all the fresh stuff or meat that will go bad if I don’t freeze..then when I come home later or have no energy to cook, it is nice to have it partially done :)

  • ladyredspecs says:

    OK another “foreign” ingredient, please explain jicama………….

    • It used to be very foreign to me too! :) But you can find it in every market you walk into over here. Jicama is a pale brown turnip with crisp sweet flesh, originating in Mexico it is such a curious root. The root’s exterior is pale brown and papery, while its inside is creamy white with a crisp texture that resembles raw potato or pear. The flavor is sweet and starchy, reminiscent of some apples or raw green beans, and usually is eaten raw, sometimes with salt, lemon, or lime juice and chili powder. It is also cooked in soups and stir-fried dishes.

      • ladyredspecs says:

        Could jicama be substituted with nashi pear? By your description it sounds like there is a similarity.

      • hmm. good question. I think so…if pear is really crispy, why not? What I really like about jicama is it’s crunchiness and it stays like that too even if you marinade it for days. I bet the pear would be good as a slaw with lime and red onion.

  • Fig & Quince says:

    Yes, do explain re jicama! I’m not sure what it is either. I was also intrigued by cotija, your suggested sub for feta cheese. Don’t think I’ve ever had/seen cotija. Shall be on the lookout!

    Remodeling is so much work and but it is so much fun too. Enjoy the process!

    • Hi Azita! Both the jicama and cotija are from Mexico. Jicama is pronounced as Heh-ka-MA. It is a root and is usually eaten raw. It’s very crispy and sweet. The cotija is a dry, firm cheese, a bit salty (like feta) and it crumbles well. A perfect cheese for topping. I guess these and many more foodstuffs from Mexico are becoming less foreign over here in the USA. I love it! :)

  • abrooke65 says:

    Beautiful. I love chilaquiles and jicama slaw. This is like my ideal breakfast! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Aw yeah! This really would be a good breakfast, I agree. I like spicy in the morning, and even put a poached egg on it! Hmmm. next time I think I’ll make it for breakfast instead. :)

  • ohlidia says:

    Looks delicious! I love jicama and what a great idea to a slaw with it!

  • Michelle says:

    Your chilaquiles look so good. And isn’t jicama wonderfully refreshing?

  • radhika25 says:

    I’ve never seen jicama either. Will look for a picture on google….

    • Jicama seems to be very obscure. I didn’t realize this until after posting jicama slaw. Maybe some day you will have an opportunity to try it. It is very mild and somewhat bland, the lime really punched up the flavor. Nice to hear from you! :)

  • I am so glad you find the time to cook and blog while remodeling your cottage. I don’t know how you do it but I’m impressed, inspired, and hungry! Good luck with everything!

    • Thank you Mary Frances! We need all the luck we can get around here. You know…I actually cooked for almost a whole year…in my living room! We had to clear the kitchen for a complete makeover and it took us far too long to put it back together. (yes…dishes in the bathroom sink) “they” say…patience is a virtue, right? I sure love my new kitchen, as you can imagine! :)

  • Saskia (1=2) says:

    I’ve never seen jicama for sale here in Australia. It often pops up in US recipes and I’m very intrigued! I’m wondering whether one of the Japanese root veggies would be a good replacement, like daikon or taro? Is jicama close to a radish in texture? I’d love to try your slaw – lately I’ve been making slaw once a week and I’m tiring of my own recipes (as are the family)!

    • Good question! The texture is close to a radish, however, there is not a trace of radish flavor in jicama. I read somewhere a white turnip can be used in place of jicama. The texture of jicama is like a crisp apple, but not as sweet as an apple. Do you have turnips in Australia? I am not familiar enough with daikon or taro root to say, but I would be willing to try in a slaw.

      • Saskia (1=2) says:

        We do have white turnips here. From your description, I think they’ll be a good replacement. Daikon is like a cross between peppery radish and white turnip, so that could be good too. Will let you know how it turns out!

  • cbogosian2 says:

    Oooh yum! I love jicama! Looks delicious!

    • Thank you! So many have never heard of jicama before, didn’t realize it is such a regional root. Great slaw though, if you get a chance to make it. Thanks for stopping in. :)

  • laurasmess says:

    Yum! I’ve never heard of jicama but it looks fascinating! Love the idea of these chilaquiles…. I unfortunately don’t have leftover chicken in the fridge but I might just cook some from scratch, just for these delicious chilaquiles!!! Thanks lovely! xx

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  • Jicama slaw sounds delish. I’m feeling a bunch of cilantro in this and let’s put in on fish tacos. Yes?
    Be well,

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