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Navajo Chicken Recipe

Navajo Chicken 
Luis Sanchez
Ernesto's Mexican Food
1901 16th Street (Corner of 16th & S) Sacramento, CA 95814; (916) 441-5850


2 lbs. chicken breast (cut into '' cubes)
4 Chile Pasilla or Chile Ancho
8 Chile California
5 garlic cloves
2 cups carrots (sliced)
1 cup onion (sliced)
2 cups mushrooms (sliced)
1 cup corn
1 pinch pepper
1 pinch salt
1 pinch cumin
3 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp. cooking oil


1. The base sauce of our Navajo Chicken is made with a 2:1 combination of chile California and Chile Pasilla.
2. Prepare Chiles by removing stems. Meanwhile, bring 3-4 cups of water to a boil in a pan; add Chile Ancho, Chile California, and garlic cloves. Cook for 10-15 minutes until soft.

3. Puree Chiles and garlic in a blender, then strain into a pan and add pinch of cumin, pinch of pepper, and pinch of salt.

4. Stir to mix. Achieve consistency by slowly mixing 3 tbsp. of flour with cup of water.

5. In a small pan, brown cubed chicken breasts, carrots, mushrooms, and add onions with 3 tbsp. of cooking oil. Brown all sides evenly, this should take about 10 minutes.

6. Remove all excess oil, stir in pureed ingredients, add the corn, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

7. Taste for flavor, for more spicing add jalapenos. Serves 6 people.

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