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Shredded Chicken Tacos

Monday, August 17th, 2009
Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

After an entire weekend of cooking and sampling recipes for the blog, I realized something – good recipes are hard to find.   It is difficult to find recipes that are not only nutritious, but that are also tasty and easy… recipes you won’t get bored with. 

I like simple flavors; I like rustic cooking; I like spicy; I like southwestern flavors; I like the combination of sweet and salty; but something I don’t like much…olives.  This is why the perfectly pretty and dainty tomato basil tartlets with olive tapenade didn’t make the cut.   I honestly couldn’t tell if I liked them or not.   I just couldn’t get around that overpowering olive flavor.  If I would have only gone with my gut and replaced the olive tapenade with a rich tomato sauce – you would be reading a different post.  But anyways, I digress…

Finally after a weekend of hot pans, mountains of dirty dishes and a load of unsatisfying cooking I made a real winner – shredded chicken tacos. Not your traditional ground beef hard shell tacos, but rather a shredded chicken taco with gooey Chihuahua cheese.  Mix in some crisp lettuce, diced tomato, fresh cilantro and a bit of Siracha and you are set. This is a recipe that is nutritious – it is tasty – it is easy.  It is all of those things and more.  Hold onto this one – you may end up using it often. 

Shredded Chicken for Chicken Tacos

Yield: 6 to 8 servings 
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 dried chili peppers
  • ¾ cup of your favorite beer
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1.    Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot or saucepan and add water to cover. Turn the heat to high, bring to a boil. Partially cover and adjust heat so mixture simmers steadily. Skim any foam that comes to the surface. Cook until meat is very tender, about 40 minutes. Remove the chicken from the liquid and set aside to cool.

2.    Strain the solids from the simmering liquid and return to the heat.  Let simmer until slightly reduced.  Turn off heat and let cool. 

3.    While your simmering liquid is cooling, shred your chicken thighs.  Do so by pulling the pieces of chicken apart by hand – this seems to be the easiest and most effective way.

4.    Once your simmering liquid is cooled, add about ½ cup of it back into the shredded chicken and toss.  Your chicken is now ready; you can now assemble your shredded chicken tacos.

Shredded chicken thighs

Shredded chicken thighs

Shredded Chicken Taco Assembly

What You Will Need:

  • Flour or corn tortillas, 6 inch in diameter
  • Cheese, shredded –  I like Chihuahua cheese for this recipe
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomato, seeded and diced
  • Cilantro, the leaves removed from the stems
  • Sour cream
  • Siracha, or your favorite hot sauce
Chihuahua cheese for chicken tacos...delicious

Chihuahua cheese for chicken tacos...delicious


1.)   Wrap your tortillas in foil and place them in an oven at 350 Degrees to soften for 5-7 minutes. 

2.)   Lay your softened tortilla down on a plate, add your shredded chicken and top with your favorite toppings.  Be sure to add hot sauce.   

3.)   Eat and repeat.


“Have It Your Way” Stir Fry

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Stir Fry with Chicken, Shrimp, Filet & Veggies.

Stir Fry with Chicken, Shrimp, Filet & Veggies.

If you are looking for a healthy recipe that can be modified to your taste- stir fry is for you. It is hard to mess up a stir fry – overcooking the vegetables, sure… but changing the amounts of any one ingredient will not make that much of a difference.  In fact, it’s probably better if you tweak the ingredients to suit your taste

My mother sent me her stir fry “recipe” – more like a long paragraph with tips on how she makes her stir fry rather than an actual recipe.  She stresses the “use what you like” concept, along with some basic sound stir fry principles.  Prep everything ahead of time; use a heavy, large pan; don’t overcook the vegetables; pick a sauce you like.  Her “recipe” has no accurate measurements just approximations, so experiment.  If you like more garlic, add more. If you go crazy for Bok Choy, go for it.  You like mushrooms, go bananas…you get the picture. 

It is made different every time, and it is probably important to say that it comes out good every time.  Remember, don’t get hung up on the measurements – do what feels right and follow the basic principles and I promise, you won’t be disappointed.


Asian dressing…also makes a great dip too

Friday, March 13th, 2009
Asian Dressing / Asian Dip

Asian Dressing / Asian Dip

Yes, this is our first post – and no, it is not about cake.  But yes, it is indeed really tasty – so why can’t the first post be about Asian dressing?

I made this Asian dip/dressing the other night, and served it on both salad and as a dip to go along with edamame .   The flavors were great, especially if you like garlic.  It is super easy to make and goes great on salads – would work as a marinade as well.