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Monday, May 03, 2010

Portable Chicken Tacos

My daughters soccer games are on Monday nights, usually around 5:30/6:00.  Dinner can be tricky!  These chicken tacos were a great solution to eating on the go--so easy to prepare!  I came up with the recipe, and I'll admit, I'm kinda impressed with myself:)

I had cooked, shredded chicken in the freezer which was made using this process. I froze it in a ziplock bag with about 1/2 cup of chicken broth.  I add the broth to keep the chicken flavorful during the freezing process.  When I use this method, I can never tell that the chicken has been frozen, and freezing it flat in a ziplock makes thawing a snap.  I  also use mason jars, but it takes longer to thaw in them.
I dumped the chicken out into a pan, broth and all.  Then I added chili powder and taco seasoning (I make mine homemade, using this recipe), and 3 oz. cream cheese.  This is just enough to make the chicken creamy and give it a rich flavor.  Salt & pepper and some fresh herbs, and Voila! Seasoned chicken for tacos!  This would be great in enchiladas, too.
Fresh Herbs and Lettuce From My Garden!  So exciting!!
We were running late, rushing around to find jackets and long sleeved shirts as the weather went from sunny and warm, to windy, chilly and stormy.  I knew it was either make dinner portable or show up way too late, so I took a tortilla, added the chicken and some cheese, then heated in the microwave for about 25 seconds or until the cheese melted.  I ripped squares of foil, rolled the tacos up like a burrito and then rolled them in the foil.  I put the lettuce and tomato I had prepared into a ziplock, threw everything into a bag, and off we went to soccer.  
My girls would rather not have the lettuce and tomato on their tacos, so they were very happy to eat their tacos in the car without the toppings.  Todd and I ate ours at the soccer field, where I snapped this picture before I scarfed the rest down.  The angle is a bit weird, but it was in my lap and I felt very WEIRD snapping photos of my food at a soccer game, so it was a quick pic!  Sorry if the bite out of it is unappetizing!;)
The family loved these.  I will be making them often!

Portable Chicken Tacos
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp taco seasoning (or to taste)
3 oz. cream cheese
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Fresh Parsely and Chives (optional)

Whole Wheat Tortillas
Shredded Cheese
Lettuce
Tomato
(whatever toppings you like)

Heat chicken, broth, seasonings, cream cheese, salt and pepper in pan on med. heat for about 5-10 minutes, stirring to incorporate the cream cheese as it melts.  Remove from heat and add fresh herbs (optional)

Make you tacos using the method described above if you need a portable dinner.  If not, serve chicken on the tortillas, add toppings of choice and enjoy!

This post is linked to:
30 minute blog challenge @ Steady Mom
Works For Me Wednesday @ We Are That Family
The Boardwalk Bragfest @ Bobbypins Boardwalk

9 comments:

  1. Amy, you have the best recipes!! Sounds great! Sometimes I set everything out on the counter for tacos/burritos & let kids make whatever they want! (when we have more time). Thanks for another great recipe & all of the details of how to prepare & freeze the chicken:)

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  2. We've also used pita bread for mexican food on the go. Works great for holding the filling inside the pocket. I'll be trying your filling recipe inside pita bread soon! Thanks!

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  3. I absolutely love this dinner idea and will definitely be trying it...especially since we're moving in 3 weeks and don't have a ton of time, or available pots and pans! Good stuff! Thanks for sharing...I'm visiting from the 30 min. blog challenge. You might like some of my recipes as well...judging by the ingredients and how you make everything yourself! I think I'll peruse around for some more recipes! Thanks!

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  4. I'll definitely be making these! I've been wanting to cook a big batch of chicken to freeze. Hmm...sounds like procrastinating, doesn't it?:)
    BTW, your lettuce is beautiful!

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  5. Excellent! For us it's tee ball, but it's a disaster either way. I am sold. Thank you!

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  6. Well done! I'll try them out for sure, they look SO yummy!

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  7. Wow -- this looks so wonderful. YUMMY! Thanks for sharing this marvelous recipe with the Boardwalk Bragfest!

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  8. @ Cathy-you are so welcome.
    @Aiming4Simple-Pita bread is a great idea for portable food!!
    @Janine-I will for sure come take a look, love that we have food in common!
    @Marie-if you are procrastinating, you should feel right at home here:)
    Wish you could come by for a salad of homegrown baby greens, would love to have you!
    @Kathleen-so true, isn't it hard trying to figure out food and sports??!
    @Leslie, Heidi and Jan- thanks for commenting.

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