6/2/2015 Refresh Your Tacos with Colorado Lettuce

June 2, 2015
Contact:    Wendy White, (303) 869-9174, Wendy.White@state.co.us  
Refresh Your Tacos with Colorado Lettuce
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month showcases lettuce in the BBQ Chicken and Lettuce Tacos recipe.
Available Now...Lettuce
Although mostly eaten raw, lettuce can be braised, steamed, sautéed and grilled. Choose lettuce with crisp leaves and no brown edges. Leaf lettuce is fat free, very low in sodium, high in vitamin A and a good source of folate. Look for Colorado lettuce at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or at restaurants across the state.
BBQ Chicken and Lettuce Tacos
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC
6 Boneless Chicken Thighs
3 Tbsp. Chicken Seasoning
6-8 Tbsp. BBQ Sauce
1 Head Iceberg Lettuce
Rub the chicken with seasoning then grill or smoke chicken until fully cooked. Finish with your favorite BBQ sauce and remove from the grill/smoker. Allow to cool slightly and then shave or slice into thin strips. Remove the outer leaves of the iceberg lettuce until you find the first layer of firm lettuce. Remove the core then cut lettuce in half from top to bottom. Remove the lettuce in layers, which will form a lettuce taco shell. Assemble tacos by placing chicken in lettuce “shell” and top with favorite condiments such as diced tomatoes, roasted peppers and onions, salsa, sour cream and cheese.
Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com for a complete list of recipes.