This is our favorite leftover chicken recipe. It's from Rick Bayless. We sometimes eat it as tacos, and we sometimes eat just the salad by itself. Either way is excellent.
Chipotle Chicken Salad Tacos (Rick Bayless)
Makes about 4 cups, filling 12 to 16 tacos
Serving 4 as a casual meal
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
(no need to use your very best balsamico here)
1/3 cup olive oil, preferably extra-virgin
2 canned chipotle chiles en adobo, finely chopped
1/2 small head Napa cabbage,
thinly sliced (about 2-1/2 cups)
1 large carrot, peeled and
chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1-1/2 cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken,
preferably grilled, roasted or rotisserie chicken
1 large ripe avocado, peeled,
pitted and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/3 cup coarsely grated Mexican queso añejo
or other dry grating cheese, such as Romano or Parmesan
12 to 16 warm, fresh corn tortillas
1. The Filling:
In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil and chipotles. Season generously with salt, usually about a generous 1/4 teaspoon. Add the cabbage, carrot, onion, cilantro and chicken. Toss everything together and let stand for 15 minutes. Taste and season with additional salt if necessary.
2. Finishing The Dish: Scoop the filling into a wide shallow serving bowl, dot with the cubed avocado and dust generously with the cheese. Set on the table with the warm tortillas, and you're ready for some great roll-them-yourself tacos.
Working Ahead: The chicken filling is best eaten the day it is made, though it will keep for several hours in the refrigerator.