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Chicken Tortilla Pie

October 2006
Chicken Tortilla Pie

by 4 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin (2/3 palmful)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander (2/3 palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper (1/3 palmful)
  • Salt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 or 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup beer or chicken broth
  • 12 tomatillos (about 1 to 1-1/4 pounds)husks removed, fruit rinsed and chopped
  • 4 8 inches flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Directions
  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the ground chicken and cook, stirring, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and bell pepper, then the cumin, coriander and pepper; season with salt. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the lime juice.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion and jalapenos and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the beer and boil to reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatillos and simmer for 6 to 7 minutes.
  3. Heat a large skillet over high heat and blister the tortillas, about 30 seconds on each side.
  4. Preheat the broiler to high. Brush the inside of an 8-inch round cake pan with the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan. Place a tortilla in the pan, then top with one-third of the chicken, one-quarter of the tomatillo sauce and 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat the layering 2 more times. Top with the remaining tortilla, tomatillo sauce and cheese. Broil for 2 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Drylands Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2005 (New Zealand)