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When planning what to cook, I ask myself what I want but also what do I have on hand that I can use up. I was craving some Mexican food and I had lots of precooked frozen chicken, watermelon, some tomatillos and tortillas on hand. I decided to make up some Chicken Enchiladas with Verde sauce and watermelon salad. I start out by making up some Verde sauce. Here are most of the ingredients. Everybody on the kamado along with some corn for elote. Once everything was nice and roasted I skinned and seeded the jalapenos and placed it all in a blender for a spin. (Note: I added a can of store bought sauce to increase the amount) A few months back I had cooked up a mess of chicken (Piernitas de Pollo Marinadas) and I had vacuum sealed a bunch of it for just this sort of occasion. (Link: http://www.kamadoguru.com/topic/29040-piernitas-de-pollo-marinadas-y-elote-its-whats-for-dinner-2/) I thawed out a package and pulled it for the enchilada filling. I added a cup of queso fresco and ½ cup of diced onion and mixed it together. I set up my work area, dipped a warm tortilla in the Verde sauce and rolled up the enchiladas. Poured some more sauce over them and spread on some Mexican cheese. I placed them on my preheated (to 300) kamado for 15 minutes. Unwrapped my corn and made it up elote style and plated it with the enchiladas, some Mexican Watermelon Salad and a Negra Modelo. Muy delicioso! Thanks for looking.
I had found some Chicken thighs and drums on sale for $.67 per lb. I purchase 3 packages to stock up. We had hoped to have our neighbors over to share this. Unfortunately those plans fell through so I cooked them up anyways and will divide up into individual dinner portions and use them up over time. I did half of them in the Mexican style Piernitas de Pollo Marinadas. (Link to recipe: http://www.kamadoguru.com/topic/29040-piernitas-de-pollo-marinadas-y-elote-its-whats-for-dinner-2/) Here’s the marinate mixed up. Chicken in and bagged up for a rest. The other half I just seasoned with some Durkee Smokey Mesquite seasoning. Around 3:30 I lit up the grill and the chicken was on by 4:00. Piernitas de Pollo Marinadas on the right and Smokey Mesquite on the left. With the drippings they are grilled and slightly steamed at the same time. I turned them approximately every 10 minutes. After the fourth turn they were done and I started removing them. Here it is plated up out on our patio table with some potato salad and some Mexican corn. (Elote) After dinner I put in a batch of pre-made Chocolate Chip cookies for dessert. Wonderful meal and beautiful day. Thanks for looking.
I shop at a local Mexican Market nearly every week. I've purchased this chicken there a few times and it’s really tasty but has very little heat to it. I recreated here with just a little heat to spice it up. Here are most of the ingredients for the marinate I used: And here is the recipe: 1 tbsp. Granulated onion 1 tbsp. Ground pepper 1 tbsp. Salt 1 tbsp. Paprika 1 tsp. Ground ginger 1/2 tsp. Achiote powder 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tsp. Chipotle Pepper 4 cloves garlic (Minced) Juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp. EVOO 1 tbsp. Malt vinegar 1 tbsp. Catsup And some raw onion and cilantro and the end. I mixed everything up in a large bowl and dumped in the chicken legs and 2 thighs and mixed it all up for even covered. Bagged it up with some onion and cilantro for a rest before grilling. Now on the grill with some corn on the cob. After 10 minutes I flipped everything. After it was up to temp I plated it up with some elote, a nice cerveza and some fruit that the wife insisted I include. Oh sooo delicious! Thanks for looking.