The first meal of the day in Mexico is often a hearty one. Chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros (tortillas, eggs, tomato-chilli sauce, refried beans and rice served with avocado or guacamole) are both popular choices.
- 6 tomatillos, husked and halved
- 1 large onion, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 jalapeno, stemmed, cored and halved lengthwise (remove seeds for less heat)
- 1 large clove garlic, peeled
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 10 corn tortillas, each cut into ½-inch strips
- 1 ½ cups shredded cooked chicken
- ¼ cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
- ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh coriander, for serving
- Dollop sour cream, optional
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Place the tomatillos, onion, jalapeno and garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle 2 tablespoons oil over the vegetables and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and roast until the vegetables soften and start to brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a blender, add the broth and puree. Season with salt.
2. Heat ½ inch of oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When hot, add the tortilla pieces in batches and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 1½ minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.
3. Carefully pour out the oil from the pan and return the pan to medium heat. Add about 1½ cups of the tomatillo puree (you will have some leftover) and cook until slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Add the tortillas and gently stir until they are coated. Divide the mixture among 4 shallow bowls and top with queso fresco and coriander and a dollop of sour cream if using.
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