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Pollo Asada Nachos (No Stove Required!)

Pollo AsadaWhen we moved to California from the east coast I discovered a new chain of grocery stores I had never heard of, Fresh and Easy.  I actually have shopped there weekly and so when they approached me to a do a post on their store I jumped at the chance.   This post is brought to you on their behalf, but the experiences are 100% mine.

Now that the summer is here we are grilling a lot more and I don’t want to spend a lot of time prepping everything.  Normally making carne asada would take forever, and that is why this meal was so great.  Simple, no dishes and fast!

Using ingredients all from Fresh and Easy I was able to prep and serve it in under 20 minutes.

Pollo Asada Nachos:
Fresh and Easy Pollo Asada Marinated Chicken Thighs
Tortilla Chips (I used Fiesta Mix)
Mexican Cheese Blen
Tomatoes (chopped)
Red pepper (chopped)
Lettuce (shredded)
Sour Cream

Pollo asada nachos

 If you have never been in a Fresh and Easy it is pretty different that those huge mega-supermarkets.  
Fresh and easy market
Their focus in on making your shopping experience as quick and hassle free as possible.  This is one of my favorite things about them:  Small children parkingI can ALWAYS find a parking spot when my kids are in tow.  It is little things like this that keep me coming back.  (Some stores have designated hybrid and electric car parking as well.)
Picking out cheese
Because the stores aren’t huge, it is easy to swing in and pick up exactly what you need.
Selecting lettuce
But the stores are large enough that they have a wide variety of items without having to trek though aisle after aisle of processed junk.
Grocery store
We were able to run in and grab all the ingredients we needed in less than 10 minutes.   (I would normally wait that long in line just to check out at the big grocery store)
Chicken Asada
I exclusively chose Fresh and Easy name brand products they are guaranteed to be free from any artificial colors and flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats.
Fresh and easy
With the pre-marinated chicken thighs it was super easy:  Just throw them on the grill for about 15 minutes (to an internal temperature of 165.)

While the chicken is on the grill you can make up plates of chips and sprinkle them with the shredded cheese (I use between 1/4 and 1/2 cup depending on how many chips are on the plate):
Cheese on nachos
Throw those in the microwave for 30 seconds. (See? No dishes!)
Melted cheese on nachos
Take your chicken off the grill and give it a quick chop:
Chopped chicken nachos
Now, while the cheese is still warm and melty, add the rest of your toppings:
Chicken nachos
A perfect accompaniment to these nachos would be an ice cold beer, (preferably poolside) and luckily Fresh and Easy had me covered for that too (plus all their beer is already chilled.. I TOLD YOU they make it easy)

Beer and wine
  A perfect summer meal.
Chicken taco salad
And since I am sure that the vast majority of my readers have never been in this store, I thought I would give you a few other reasons why we shop there.

They have a great selection of different ethnic foods including some of the best British and Kosher selections we have seen around here. (Fresh and Easy was originally owned by a UK company.)
Ethnic section
Their gluten free products are wonderful and much more affordable than some of the other specialty markets around here:
Gluten free
And our location has an on-site bakery which features bread that is High Fructose Corn Syrup free (our other grocery stores have HFCS in their products):
Store bakery
So those are all the reasons we shop at (and LOVE) Fresh and Easy.  You can find your nearest location here.   (Right now they are located exclusively in California, Nevada and Arizona)

OR.. Next time you are in Northern California you can visit their stores, and maybe even swing by and see me.  I’ll make dinner:
Chicken carne asada

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