I was introduced to ‘naked’ burrito by a colleague at Oracle. Why ‘naked? It’s burrito without skin:) Since then, 200 cafe is my default lunch stop. There are weeks that I eat the same naked burrito 4 times a week, and it still tastes just as good as ever. The server at the burrito counter knows exactly the combo of my lunch box: Cilanto lime rice, black beans, chipotle chicken, lettuce, and lots of Pico de Gallo. I spent the whole Saturday concocting this meal in my kitchen. In the end, I wondered for a moment if I should have spent 15 mins and $8 and drive to Chipotle at Bridgeponte instead? The answer is No. Now I realized that I and make a good burrito in my own kitchen, the sense of accomplishment is not something I can buy with $8 at Chipotle.
- 4 lbs chicken thigh
- 1/2 large red onion, coarsely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 oz dried ancho chilli
- 2 Tbsp adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chilli in adobo sauce
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper.
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp oregano
- Rinse and pat dry chicken thighs.
- Arrange in single layer in two Ziploc freezer bags.
- Press out all the air and pound the thighs using a mallet until the thighs are flat and about quarter inch thick.
- Remove the chicken thigh to a large mixing bowl.
- Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.
- Blend ingredients in a food processor to form a paste.
- Spread the paste evenly over each piece of chicken thigh, ensuring that every piece of chicken is coated evenly with the paste.
- Chill overnight in the refrigerator.
Cooking and Assembly
- Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Arrange two or three chicken thighs in the skillet in a single layer.
- Cook 2 minutes on each side until the temperature measured with a thermometer measure 165 degrees F.
- Remove from pan and set aside.
- Repeat steps 2 – 5 until all the chicken is cooked.
- Cut chicken into strips.
- Serve with salad in taco/ burrito. I had mine with Pico De Gallo, Avocado Crema, Lettuce, Cilantro Lime Rice, Black Beans, and Sweet Corn. Awesome.