Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

   blog 163

Hi guys!

I’m writing this post late in the night purely because there’s a good chance I’ll be on a small hiatus for the next few weeks.

Why?

Because I’m moving!  Yep, the past week all I’ve been doing is packing away.  We even got a 26 foot trailer to pack it all in.  Crazy!

So, about these tacos.  I’ve been craving Mexican food so badly the past few weeks but have yet to get it.  And even though what I’m really craving is deep fried chips with salsa, and globs of gooey cheese over shredded beef, this was a pretty good sub for a healthy dinner.

And just in case you’re wondering, my brother (and I quote) said these were “the best tacos he ever had”.  A nice compliment if I do say so myself.

The best part?  They’re sooo easy!  They only took me about 1 hour to make from beginning to end, and some of it can be made in advance if needed.

Keep reading for the best tacos ever 😉

blog 154

Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Sauce:

1 container 0% plain Greek yogurt

1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped

Juice of 1 lime

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 jalepeño, seeded and chopped (I added a few seeds for heat)

1/4 tsp. paprika

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Leave in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to set.

blog 156

Ingredients for Spice Mix:

1/2 Tbs. chili powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. chili flakes (or to taste)

1/4 tsp. ground oregano

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/8 tsp. ceyenne pepper

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

blog 164

Ingredients for Tacos:

Drizzle of olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 lb. chicken breast, cut into cubes

1 recipe for spice mix

8-12 corn tortillas

Shredded lettuce

Reduced fat Mexican cheese

1 tomato, diced

1 avocado, diced

1 can corn, drained

Chopped cilantro, for garnish

In a saute pan, heat the olive oil at medium heat.  Add the garlic and saute until fragrant.  Add cubed chicken and cook for a few minutes.  Then add the spice mix and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.  Add 2 Tbs. water, cover, and set the heat to low.  Cover the pan and cook until the water absorbs.

Meanwhile, heat the corn tortillas over a hot pan.  I wait until each side of the tortilla is browned and then place them in a tortilla warmer until dinner time.

Then it’s time to assemble!

blog 160

I made a taco bar which would be super fun for younger kids.  (The meat is not pictured because it was being warmed on the burner).

blog 165

I served the tacos with refried beans and next time I’ll probably make some Mexican rice.

Alternatives:

  • Vegetarian:  Replace chicken with vegetables (like onions and peppers) or tofu.
  • Vegan:  Replace chicken with vegetables or tofu.  Don’t use cheese, and replace Greek yogurt with soy yogurt.
  • Gluten Free:  This recipe is gluten free.
  • Paleo:  Replace corn tortillas with kale, collard greens, cabbage leaves, etc.  Don’t use cheese.  Replace Greek yogurt with soy yogurt (unless you let Greek yogurt into your diet :))

Let me know what you guys think of this recipe!  It’s definitely a winner in my fam.

XOXO Sara

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s