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A Cooking Lesson: How a Group of Chefs Is Educating and Inspiring Teens (Video)

By Mike Bock — August 10, 2017 1 min read
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The benefits of freshly prepared foods are widely known, but the kitchen can be a daunting place for many teens. As part of a community effort to educate young people about healthy eating, trained chefs in Omaha, Neb., are showing young people from low-income neighborhoods how to navigate through the kitchen and learn how to make nutritious meals on a budget.

If you’re interested, here’s the recipe featured in the video:

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Serving: 5


2 chicken thighs and legs

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

½ yellow onion

2 garlic cloves

½ can fire-roasted tomatoes

¼ cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons chipotles in adobo, minced

1 lime, zest and juice


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Thinly slice the yellow onion and mince garlic.
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a sauté pan, heat half the oil over medium high heat. Brown chicken on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes, and transfer to a half hotel pan or baking dish.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add remaining oil. Add onion and cook, stirring constantly until brown, or about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add tomato and chipotle and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Carefully pour tomato mixture into the pan with the chicken.
  • Cover pan with foil and place in the preheated oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Remove chicken and place in a bowl. Cover with foil to keep warm. Pour cooking liquid and heavy cream into a blender and puree on high until smooth
  • Shred chicken and mix with sauce. Season with lime zest and juice.
  • Serve with warm tortillas and pico de gallo.

Pico de Gallo

Yield: 1 cup

Servings: 5


2 Tomatoes

½ Jalapeño pepper

¼ Yellow onion

¼ cup Cilantro, chopped

1 Teaspoon Sugar

Salt and pepper to taste


  • Dice tomatoes and place in medium bowl.
  • Mince jalapenos and combine with tomatoes.
  • Mince cilantro and mix with tomatoes.
  • Season with sugar and salt and pepper.

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