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D’Noche – Chicago, IL

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Last week I went to visit my boyfriend in Illinois (I realize normally you go somewhere warm for spring break, but surprisingly enough my trip to the mid-west meant I missed a DC snow storm).  I flew into O’Hare and he took me out to a surprise dinner in Chicago.  We ended up at D’Noche (because he knows my never ending love for Mexican food).  The restaurant had all kinds of delicious Latin American food, it was the perfect meal!

dnoche menu

We started things out with a sangria blanca (because white wine sangria is one of my favorite things, and who doesn’t need a drink after a flight?) and guacamole (because you don’t need a reason for guacamole).

sangria blanca

We also ordered the trio de empanadas (very reminiscent of my time in Argentina).  An order came with a beef, shrimp, and chicken empanada along with a variety of different sauces (one of them being chimichurri, which is the best I’ve had since getting back from Argentina) that went well with all of the empanadas and the guacamole as well.

empanadas

empanada halves

For dinner I got chiles rellenos (pobalano peppers stuffed with cheese, and covered in salsa Ranchera) which came with beans and rice.  The cheese was melty and rich and delicious and the side orders were great too.

chiles rellenos

Luke opted for the tacos de camaron (shrimp tacos) with green rice which he let me try (because I would have stolen some anyway…) and they were quite yummy as well, the goat cheese went surprisingly well with the shrimp (I never really thought of putting shrimp and cheese together, but then again cheese goes with pretty much everything).

tacos de camaron

It was an absolutely delicious start to a wonderful trip!  I’ll be telling you all about my visit to Urbabna-Champaign in an upcoming post, so keep your eyes open for it!

New Apartment Mates and Chicken Tacos with Black Beans and Corn

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New Apartment Mates and Chicken Tacos with Black Beans and Corn

First thing’s first, we now have 2 new apartment mates, meet Bruce and Sunshine (I know the picture isn’t very good, but they weren’t being very cooperative)!  Our friend Andrew is moving to South Carolina and couldn’t take his fish with him, so we volunteered to take care of them, I think they’ll be a great addition to the apartment, so thanks again Andrew!

Fish tank

Now, onto the matter of the delicious and easy recipe I have for you.  I love love love love love Mexican food.  It is by far my favorite genre of food (can you describe food in genres???).  I could absolutely eat it every day and never get sick of it.  We’ve had Mexican food at least once a week since we moved into the apartment and these chicken tacos have made several appearances, they’re one of my favorites.  This week I decided to jazz them up a bit by adding black beans and corn, they were pretty delicious if I do say so myself.

chicken tacos

First sprinkle some spices (cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper) on the chicken.  Then bake it in the oven.

raw chicken for tacos

While the chicken bakes make the beans and corn.  Drain and rinse the beans and combine them in a pan with some frozen corn.  Add some lime zest, lime juice, cumin, garlic powder, and salt & pepper.  Let them cook for a few minutes, then stir in some fresh copped cilantro.

black beans and corn

When the chicken is done let it cool for a few minutes and shred it, add some lime zest and the squeeze some fresh lime juice over top and stir it around.

lime and chicken

Serve the chicken and beans and corn on warmed tortillas topped with salsa, cheese, sour cream, and fresh cilantro as desired.

finished chicken tacos

Leftovers also make delicious salads for lunch the next day.  I layer lettuce, red belle peppers, chicken, black beans and corn, salsa, and shredded cheese in a container, and bring along tortilla chips and of course, sour cream.

chicken taco salad

Recipe

Chicken Tacos  with Black Beans and Corn

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the chicken:

     2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

     2 teaspoons ground cumin

     1 teaspoon paprika

     1 teaspoon chili powder

     1 teaspoon garlic powder

     salt & pepper to taste

     1 lime – juice and zest

For the black beans and corn:

     1-15 oz can black beans

     8 oz frozen corn

     1 lime – juice and zest

     2 teaspoons cumin

     1 teaspoon garlic powder

     salt & pepper to taste

     3 tablespoons fresh cilantro

8-12 tortillas

salsa (for serving)

sour cream (for serving)

shredded cheese (for serving)

cilantro (for serving)

 

For the chicken: 

     – Preheat the oven to 400 ºF

     – Sprinkle each side of the chicken breasts with the spices

     – Bake for 25-30 minutes

     – Allow the chicken to cool for a few minutes, then shred it

     – Zest the lime and squeeze the juice over top of the chicken and stir

 

For the black beans and corn:

     – Drain and rinse the black beans and combine them with the corn in a pot

     – Add the spices and lime, and stir

     – Cook for a few minutes until the corn and beans are cooked

     Then stir in the cilantro and cook for a few more minutes

 

Serve the chicken with the black beans and corn on tortillas, topping with salsa, sour cream, cheese, and cilantro as desired