Breaking Down the Dish | Taco Republic’s Wood-Fired Chicken


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It’s a taco shop, taco joint, or taqueria… and a chicken place? Aside from its diverse selection of Mexican street-style tacos, Taco Republic is also serving up something unique to its taco shop name. Before we get to Taco Tuesday, Taco Republic like’s to host Wood-Fired Chicken Mondays.

One bite and you taste some seriousness juiciness, with the meat effortlessly falling off the bone. How do they get it so juicy? It’s all about the homemade brine they let marinate the chicken for 12 hours. This step ensures the chicken stays moist during the cooking process. Next, a generous layer of homemade rub is slathered onto every nook and cranny of the chicken. A perfect blend of sweet & spicy ingredients gives the chicken its unique flavor.

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And now for the main event. Taco Republic cooks the chicken over a 100% wood-fired grill where the smoke helps ignite the flavors of the homemade rub. 8-10 minutes later on grill and grill marks will appear, signaling that it’s ready to be finished off in the oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This step in searing the chicken in the oven helps seal and redistributes the moisture throughout the chicken to make sure every piece of meat is nice and tender.

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You can order the Wood-Fired Chicken on the regular menu, or you wait until Monday when they offer it to-go with tortillas, rice and beans for just $15.95. Or add pulled Wood-Fired Chicken to the Al Verde salad for some protein.