Happy Labor Day everyone! This week I decided to spice things up a little with a Nacho Chicken Salad to go with my Misery Bay IPA (from the Erie Brewing Company). It’s flavorful with a little crunch. Does this pairing work well for a holiday weekend spent on the go?
Erie Brewing Company seems to have a wide variety of art on their bottles that match the fun names they’ve given their beers. Misery Bay IPA just rolls right off the tongue. But is it just as tasty?
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA) with 6.5% alc./vol.
Aroma: Mild citrus
Color: Light amber
Taste: It has a strong hops flavor, but maintains a lightness prefect for flavorful foods.
Level of Recommendation: This beer is for IPA lovers who like their favors strong, but not overpowering.
What you’ll need:
- Chicken thighs
- 1 Cup Chicken broth
- 1 Onion
- 1/2 Jalapeño
- 1 Clove Garlic
- Frozen Corn
- Cheddar Cheese
- Corn Chips
In a crock-pot place chicken thighs, chicken broth, the 1/2 jalapeño chopped and without any seeds (unless you want to add a bit more spice), the clove of garlic chopped, and a few dashes of salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. Set on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 7-8 hours depending on your crock-pot size and settings. Add frozen corn a half hour before time is up.
Once chicken is finished cooking, build your salad. Place in a bowl your lettuce, cilantro (chopped), tomatoes (chopped), broken corn chips, salsa, chicken, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese.
Eat right away! You don’t want anything to get soggy!
The salad is a nice mix of flavors. The cilantro adds a little bite to pair with the spiciness of the chicken and salsa, while the cheese adds a touch of creaminess. The beer really helps to tone down some of the intense flavors of the salad. The pairing brings out a little more citrus from the beer.
Level of Recommendation: When you want something lighter than nachos, but still bold in flavor.