Meal Kit

Tortilla Chicken

with elote-style acorn squash

Prep & Cook Time: 35-45 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Medium

Contains: Milk

Calories Conscious
Carb Conscious
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Ponder, if you will, the deliciousness of nachos. The salty corn crunch of tortillas topped with melted cheese… no matter what other toppings and garnishing, that's what you want. Well, we're giving you just that here, but atop a succulent, delicious chicken breast instead of in a paper boat or a plastic fake baseball batting helmet. The elote-style acorn squash has just the right amount of soft chipotle heat to make a perfect match with the chicken. You'll be pondering the deliciousness of this meal all the way up to a clean plate. Tip: Easiest way to remove jalapeño stems and seeds: remove ends, then hold upright. Carefully slice the pepper into four pieces, leaving stem and seed to discard.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper
  • ½ oz. Tortilla Strips
  • ¼ oz. Cilantro
  • 13 oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tsp. Chipotle Seasoning
  • Info
    2 oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Info
    2 oz. Sour Cream

Due to our just-in-time sourcing model, we may have to send you a substitute ingredient. Not to worry! We make sure every ingredient sent to you meets our high quality standards. We’ll keep you informed should a switch occur, so please check the ingredient labels in your meal bag.

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Medium Non-Stick Pan
  • 2 Mixing Bowls

Before You Cook

Cooking Guidelines

To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:

  • Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
  • Seafood 145° F |
  • Chicken 165° F |
  • Ground Beef 160° F |
  • Ground Turkey 165° F |
  • Ground Pork 160° F

Customize It Instructions

  • If using salmon, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pat salmon dry and season flesh side with 1/4 tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Follow same instructions as chicken in Steps 3 and 4, searing on one side, 2-4 minutes, then roasting until salmon reaches minimum internal temperature, 7-10 minutes.

  1. 1

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Make several large slits in acorn squash with a knife. Microwave on high until easily pierced with a fork, 3-5 minutes. Trim ends and halve from pole to pole. Use a spoon to scoop out strings and seeds. Cut halves into ½" slices. Halve jalapeño lengthwise, seed, remove ribs, and thinly slice. Wash hands and cutting board after working with jalapeño. Coarsely crush tortilla strips. Coarsely chop cilantro (no need to stem). Pat chicken breasts dry, and season both sides with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.

  2. 2

    Start the Acorn Squash

    Place acorn squash slices on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tsp. olive oil and season with ¼ tsp. salt and chipotle seasoning (use half for a milder flavor). Toss to combine. Spread into a single layer on one side. Roast in hot oven, 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Squash will finish cooking in a later step. While squash roasts, sear chicken.

  3. 3

    Sear Chicken and Make Tortilla Topping

    Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add chicken to hot pan and cook undisturbed until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from burner. While chicken sears, combine cheese, jalapeño (to taste), crushed tortilla strips, and 1 tsp. olive oil in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

  4. 4

    Finish the Chicken and Acorn Squash

    Transfer chicken to empty side of baking sheet. If needed, carefully move acorn squash to make room. Cover chicken with tortilla topping, pressing gently to adhere. Roast until cheese melts, acorn squash is tender, and chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 7-8 minutes. While chicken roasts, make crema.

  5. 5

    Make Crema and Finish Dish

    In another mixing bowl, combine sour cream, 1 tsp. water, and a pinch of salt. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing squash with crema and cilantro. Bon appétit!

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