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Sous Vide Red Chili Chicken (Adobado)
2 hours 30 minutes active
Sous vide chicken stays incredibly moist and tender. We tried dry rubs, but cooking the meat with a flavorful sauce worked best. For our flavorful red chili sauce (adobado), we liked the earthy, fruity flavor of ancho chilies, but pasilla, guajillo and pulla chilies worked, too. For a milder heat, remove the seeds after stemming the chilies. Serve with rice or tortillas and sour cream. For an equally flavorful but simpler alternative, cook each chicken breast in ¼ cup coconut milk whisked with 2 teaspoons red curry paste.
tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil
ounces whole dried ancho chilies, stemmed and seeded
01Using an immersion circulator according to product directions, heat a water bath to 145°F. Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the chilies and toast until lightly browned, about 20 seconds per side. Transfer to a food processor, reserving the oil in the skillet. Process until coarsely chopped, about 30 seconds. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the chilies, oregano and garlic then cover, remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes.
If you use the simplified version with the coconut milk and curry paste, would you still stir in butter and lime juice at the end?
Esther - good question. You will definitely want to add the lime juice at the end, in order to give the chicken a nice pop of brightness at the end. The butter can be optional, since you will have a nice amount of creaminess from the coconut milk; I would recommend still using it, as butter helps to emulsify the sauce and make it silky smooth. If you take a taste without the butter and are happy with the texture and richness, however, you can skip it.
The Milk Street Team
Hi Jarrod -
Ancho chiles are dried poblano peppers, which are relatively mild. They measure between 1,000 – 2,000 on the Scoville Scale. Compare that to a bell pepper, which has no heat and measures at zero and a jalapeño pepper which is about 5,000 and you can generally gauge how hot this will be. Hope that helps!
The Milk Street Team
This was so stinking good. Thank you!!!