Friday, July 29, 2011
I've recently posted two recipes for roasted chicken - one in the slow cooker and one in the oven. I've also posted one of my favorite ways to use the chicken from those roasted chickens. We're usually able to get 2 or 3 meals out of one chicken, so it's nice to have a little variety, so we're not just eating chicken Caesar salad for a week straight. Another one of my favorite meals to make with leftover chicken is tacos (or burritos). You can use store-bought taco seasoning, but I made my own this last time.
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp corn starch
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
Approximately 2-3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
Taco seasoning (see recipe above)
1/2 cup water
Desired toppings (lettuce, sour cream, cheese, beans, rice, salsa, hot sauce, olives, etc.)
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, taco seasoning, and water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and most of the water has evaporated. The amount of seasoning will depend on your taste preferences. I ended up adding the whole batch of seasoning, but you can start with less and add more after tasting. Remove from heat; keep warm.
Warm tortillas in a clean skillet over medium heat. Place chicken and other desired toppings; fold like a taco. Note: To make this a cheaper meal, add beans and rice to the tacos. This will mean you need less meat. Additionally, make sure the chicken is on sale when you buy it. I usually pay approximately $3.50 for a 5-lb. chicken and get a few meals out of it.