Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ultimate Chicken Tacos

I am very rude when it comes to fulfilling requests. Sometimes I do them instantly or sometimes I ignore and do the requests weeks later.

Then there are times when I have no idea what to make and I am as clueless as the state of Pakistani politics.

Arisha Fatima requested Chicken Tacos a couple of weeks ago and to be honest I have forgotten about them. I even forgot who requested them until I was reminded days earlier so this Friday I decided to grocery shop for not only chicken tacos but for Ultimate Chicken Tacos.

Now there can be 100s of variations for tacos but since chicken was requested so it shall be delivered.


5 Chicken thighs preferably with skin and bone in

1 Tablespoon cumin powder

1 Tablespoon paprika

1/2 Tablespoon red chili powder

Salt and black pepper to taste

1 Red onion finely sliced

Half cabbage finely sliced

1 Jalapeno

Half a bunch of coriander

1 Avacado

1 Lemon or lime

Sour Cream

Store bought salsa

Shredded cheese

Crunchy or soft tortilla bread, I used both because I can and I will

First and foremost thing we will do is to get the chicken marinated in all the spices.

Add cumin powder, paprika, red chili powder, salt and black pepper. 

Add 2 to 3 tablespoon of olive oil and carefully rub the marinade into the chicken and completely coat the meat.

Basically the recipe called for cayenne pepper but since I did not have I used red chili powder.

Sometimes you have to make with what you have and try not to waste your time in getting what you can't have.

Set the oven to preheat on 374 degrees fahrenheit and take out a grill pan.

Rub the grill pan with some oil and cook the chicken on high heat for 3-5 minutes on both sides.

The chicken is cooked on the outside but still raw on the inside. So we will bake it for 45 minutes on 375 degrees.

So we put the chicken in a baking tray, seal it with aluminum foil and cook it for 45 minutes in the oven.

Unlike my unlucky and unfortunate life the chicken was perfectly cooked and not burnt after 45 minutes.

With the help of 2 forks I shredded the chicken which was a bit of a struggle but what do you get without struggle? The answer my friend is a NOT SO DELICIOUS MEAL.

Keep the chicken warm and covered and now moving on to chopping off the taco fillings.

Slice the onion and cabbage very finely.

Chop the jalapeno and avocado in small cubes.

PROTIP - to save your avocado from rusting after peeling it squeeze lemon or lime juice over it.

Break the coriander leaves of the stems.

Cut the lemon or lime wedges.

If you are dumb enough to still not get it then there are pictures to see below.

Now it is time to finally assemble the tacos.

Let me tell you how I did it but it is not necessary that you follow my way. You can totally fill your tacos according to your own choice.

I however started with a layer of the chicken.

Covered it with a layer of cabbage and then a layer of sliced red onions.

Added some small jalapeno cubes over it. Poured some salsa on it. A teaspoon of sour cream topped with avocado cubes.

Last but not the least I sprinkled some coriander leaves and then shredded cheese on it.

Ultimate Chicken Taco is ready to be devoured.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beef Mushroom Melt Sandwich

So these days people who I have no beef or larai with are having beef with me.

Also I fell down while running on a grater patterned metal bridge and scratched my leg pretty bad with deep wounds just like the deep wounds some people have given to my heart in recent times.

For some people wounds heal with bandages and antiseptics. For me they only heal with good food.

It is the weekend so I wanted something simple and something I could make without much effort. I was eyeing on grilled cheese sandwiches and I thought let's made Beef Mushroom Melt Sandwich.

Beef and mushroom goes hand in hand like me, video games, hard rock music and some other things which I cannot tell due to privacy.

I cut the beef in thin slices the night before. Used the chuck steak but you guys can use any piece for it.

This was extremely easy and fun to make. If you have kids, adults who pretend to be kids or they just simply can't grow up they will enjoy it a lot.

The ingredients mentioned below are for 2 sandwiches only.


200 Grams of beef steak thinly sliced

1 Onion sliced

5-6 Mushrooms white or button

Salted butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Pinch of garlic powder

Slices of two or one different types of your favorite cheese

4 Bread slices of your choice

Start with putting a little oil on a grill pan and cooking the thin beef slices on it.


Season the beef with salt, black pepper and garlic powder. If you don't have garlic powder then it is alright. Everyone doesn't have everything.

Depending on your liking you can cook your beef to well done or just medium. Since these are thin cuts they won't take much time to cook to well done. Just around 2-3 minutes.


Put the cooked beef aside and it is time to cut our shrooms and onion.

Put one or two tablespoons of oil in a pan and a cube of butter. Start cooking onions and mushrooms on low heat.

Seasons the onions and mushrooms with salt and black pepper.

Caramelizing onions and cooking mushrooms will take 5-10 minutes.

Time to assemble the sandwich. Felt like Nick Fury assembling the Avengers for the first time if you ask me.

I used oatnuts bread but you guys go ahead and use any that you want.

Place two slices of cheese on the bread and top it up with beef, caramelized onions and shrooms.

Place two more cheese slices on it and cover it with the second bread slice.

Put butter in the pan and keep the heat on medium low.

Add the sandwich two the pan and cook each side for 3-4 minutes.

Slice the sandwich in half to see a glimpse of pure beauty.

I had some oven baked jalapeno chips on the side and here you go. Don't envy me for eating this all by myself.

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