OMG, do these tacos crave a pale ale. I knew immediately what I was going to pair with these crispy honey chipotle chicken tacos even before I made these honey chipotle chicken tacos. It’s that serious, guys. I definitely wanted a beer that was slightly hoppy, without being a palate-wrecker. It’s a known fact that hoppiers beers go well with spicy foods, and this case is no different. In this case, however, the chicken is also sweet. A pale ale is a nice balance. It tones down the sweetness just a notch and really enhances the flavor of the spice. Try some of these pale ales!
So, I’ve got another little know fact for you guys. I worked at Chili’s as a server for about 5 years (a long, long while ago). Yup, yup I did. I loved it sometimes. I hated it most other times, and one thing is for certain, I could never work in food service ever again.
I did, however, have a creepy obsession with their honey chipotle chicken crispers. Do they even still make these? I don’t know. I haven’t been to a Chili’s in about 3 years, but one things is for certain, I still have dreams about honey chipotle chicken crispers, even if I don’t necessarily want to admit it.
I’ve seen a couple of copycat recipes floating around, but I thought I’d put my own little spin on it by making these crispy honey chipotle chicken tacos with cilantro lime rice. Poor Zach. He totally missed out. I will have to make them for him when he gets home. Luckily enough for me, I have enough leftover for tonight’s dinner! I’m literally counting down the seconds until dinner, which at this moment is approximately 18,000 seconds (if I eat at the same grandmotherly time of 4 pm, like I did yesterday). But, really, who’s counting ….
Beer pairing and recipe is below! Have a great day everyone!
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