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Soft Fried Tortillas With Tomatillo Salsa and Chicken

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“Chalupas Poblanas de Pollo This recipe is from Epicurious and is from Central America/South America and Mexico. If you can't find 4-inch tortillas, you can buy larger ones and trim them using a 4-inch cookie cutter or a paring knife. • Salsa can be made 2 days ahead. Cool, uncovered, before chilling, covered. Reheat to warm.”
12 chalupas

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 lb tomatillo, husks discarded and cut into quarters
  • 3 green serrano chilies, coarsely chopped
  • 14 cup white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, quartered
  • 34 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 (4 inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded (from 1 chicken breast half)
  • 2 -3 tablespoons crema (sour cream)
  • 13 cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 13 cup queso fresco, finely crumbled (Mexican fresh cheese)


  1. Make salsa:
  2. Purée tomatillos, chiles, onion, garlic, salt, and water in a blender until smooth.
  3. Heat oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then carefully add tomatillo purée (oil will splatter) and simmer, stirring, until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro and simmer 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl.
  4. Make chalupas:
  5. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in cleaned dried skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then briefly cook tortillas, 3 at a time, until softened and hot but still pale, about 10 seconds per side, adding more oil if necessary. Transfer tortillas with tongs to paper towels to drain briefly, then to a large shallow baking pan in oven to keep warm, arranging tortillas in one layer (overlapping slightly if necessary) and covering pan with foil.
  7. Spread each warm tortilla with about 1 teaspoon salsa, then top sparingly with a few shreds of chicken. Thin crema with a little water and drizzle over chicken, then sprinkle with onion and cheese. Serve immediately.

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