Sunday, March 31, 2024

Chicken Tacos

 I make this all the time...

Some people like different things on their tacos. I like to chop up or shred some lettuce for the tacos.  If you do this first, then you can use the clean cutting board and then save it for the chicken (you don't want to do the chicken first, as it will contaminate the board).  Put the lettuce in a taco tray or bowl.

Cut up boneless, skinless, chicken breasts or thighs into very small pieces (1 breast per person or more if they are big eaters).  Cut off any fat.

Spray a large non-stick frying pan with Pam.  Heat on medium-high heat.

Sprinkle chicken pieces liberally with your favorite Mexican seasoning. You can buy a small jar of this type of spice in the grocery stor, or make your own by combining garlic, red pepper, chile powder, cumin, onion powder, oregano, cilantro, parsley, salt and pepper.

Place the chicken in the pan and stir-fry until just cooked through. You can add more seasoning, but you don't want them to be well-done unless you really like dried out chicken.

Remove chicken to a microwave-safe bowl or plate.  Place it in the fridge while you cook the rest.

Wipe excess herbs or chicken out of the frying pan with a paper towel.  Pour about an inch of vegetable oil into the pan (enough to cover the bottom of the pan, plus a little more).  Heat on medium-high heat until you can feel it getting warm. Turn heat down to medium.

Place one corn tortilla in the oil. Turn over after a few seconds. You want the tortilla to still be fairly pliable and not too brown. You don't want it to break apart when you try to fold it for the taco.  If the tortilla crisps too fast, turn the heat down.  Put each tortilla on a plate with paper towels or napkins to absorb the oil.  Add more oil as needed.  Make as many tortillas as you need for the tacos.

When tortillas are done, take the chicken out of the fridge and put it in the microwave.  Heat on high for about 40 seconds (more if you need to, so that the chicken is hot).

You can assemble the tacos or dinner guests can assemble their own.

In a taco tray or in bowls, put the lettuce, grated cheese, chopped tomatoes, picante sauce, and sour cream, as well as the cooked chicken.

These are quite a bit of work. You can cook the chicken ahead of time to make it easier. I like to cook up quite a bit of chicken and use it for leftovers.

These are low fat; gluten free; they're not not low carb unless you leave out the tortillas


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