The Holiday count down to “Turkey Day” has officially begun at this Nest! How do I know? Because I just spent 2.5 hours cleaning the carpets in my family room, cursing the fact that I didn’t hire it out, and stressing about the dust bunnies up on my vaulted entry way window ledge. (Mars will be scaling a ladder later today to take care of that little issue…I’m sure he’ll be over the moon excited!) Oh sure…It’s not the BIG crystal ball Time Square New Year’s Eve count down, but it works around here! We like to call it… The…Mom has that CRAZY “companies coming for dinner” look in her eyes take cover count down!
With all this cleaning, organizing, and preparing for the Holidays it’s easy to get bogged down and forget about dinner! So, I’m here to help with this super easy, super yummy recipe for chicken tacos!
A word about tacos…don’t over complicate them! (You’re already stressing about a giant bird!) I love unique different tastes as much as the next foodie, we are talking about a simple, tummy filling, dinner during this hectic time of year! Besides in a few days most of us will be cooking all kinds of fancy delicious traditional foods!
In your crock pot place 2-4 chicken breasts. This will be determined by the amount of “chicks” at your nest! I did three and it was enough to feed 5 adults and one adorable grand baby chick! If you’re feeding teenage boys who can eat everything in the refrigerator and your back up food storage supply…I’d do more. This is such a simple recipe just add more chicken, more seasoning, and more liquid. It’s easy peasy!
Tip: The chicken breast can be frozen or thawed. You’ll just adjust your cook time. Sprinkle your chicken breast with taco season and some dried onion flakes.
Pour in a 1/2 cup to 3/4 a cup of red enchilada sauce. It’s about taste preference. Because these are boneless skinless chicken breast, with not a lot of fat, we want some liquid in there so they don’t dry out. Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, if thawed, and 4-6 hours, if frozen.
Check your chicken with fork to see if it is done. If your chicken is falling apart, it’s ready. Do not drain the juice from the chicken. Shred the meat and then stir in back in. It’s loaded with flavor and moisture!
Tip: I use a potato masher to shred my chicken right in the crock pot! A couple of “smash and twists” and you have beautiful shredded chicken that the juices have been incorporated back into.
Chop, dice and shred your favorite taco toppings. We like shredded red leafy green lettuce. Chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives, and shredded cheese. We also add sour cream, and salsa.
I usually make ground beef or shredded beef tacos. This was my first time making shredded chicken tacos and they were a BIG hit! I made them one Sunday, not long ago, when I had a full schedule and not much time for cooking. I didn’t want to miss our usual Sunday dinner with the kids, plus our middle son was down visiting from school. I usually do something a little fancier for Sunday dinner. I have to say, this was GREAT! I had all the toppings done ahead of time and so all I had to do when I got home was “mash” that chicken to shreds and fry up the taco shells. Everyone seriously loved them!
Like I said earlier…a super simple, super yummy dinner! It’s a no fuss recipe! (Don’t we have enough to “fuss” about right now! Let’s be nice to ourselves!) All of us have our plates full and this is the perfect quick filling dinner time meal! Makes taco Tuesday a breeze! (I am a firm believer you can do “Taco Tuesday” any day of the week you want!)
Before I go today…I just want to let all my “nest buddies” know….My cute daughter-in-law asked me last night if I was doing “Thanksgiving” recipes for the blog this year! The answer is “Yes”! However, because of time constraints and the sheer scale of doing an entire Thanksgiving dinner for my first year “holiday blogging”… I am going to share a portion of it with you before Thanksgiving and a bigger portion…think Turkey…after Thanksgiving. I’m also going to be sharing some table decor idea’s with you later this week! I do want to let you know you can comment or email me ANY questions you may have about preparing your Thanksgiving day meal and I will be here to answer your cooking and baking questions.
Thanks for “popping” by and visiting! I really hope this recipe will help ease at least one dinner time for you this week! The printable recipe is below. Have fun with it and have a GREAT day!