Easy Shredded Chicken Tacos

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What do these Easy Shredded Chicken Tacos, A Kitchen Aid stand mixer and a Gif animation have in common?  Why they are all part of this post!! 11768344206 e9e09a999c b Easy Shredded Chicken Tacos

I have been going the last two weeks not really knowing what day it is. The past two weeks has been Christmas break for my kiddos from school so each day has been a blur of sleeping in ( if you call 6:30 sleeping in), late breakfasts, movies, lots of walks, playing with new toys,  working on our latest room to remodel ( no the kitchen is isn’t finished…yet), occasional dinners out and staying up late. I feel so disoriented, my kids have been loving it, my husband has still been going to work, and my house is a giant mess.

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But now it is back to school in a couple days. Back to a schedule, early bedtimes, early mornings, tv off,  more organization and a cleaner house. Well probably not that last part.  Who am I kidding? I can’t do it all.  But what comes with back to school is coming up with quick to prepare and cook meals that my kiddos will love as much as my husband and I. Most days I have plenty of time to plan and prepare dinners, but there are days that I definitely don’t have the time and need to come up with something quick that is still really healthy.

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We make Mexican food or Mexican inspired food often at my house. Its always quick to prepare and uses lots of fresh flavors and ingredients. Plus we usually make about a gallon of guacamole which, if I let her, my 3 year old would eat all by herself. She is a bonafide guacamole junkie.  Tacos are quick to make, but I made them even quicker. With my kitchen aid stand mixer. A mixer isn’t just for cookies and cakes. I heard of this trick years ago and the first time I tried it I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I shred chicken using my mixer.

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Isn’t that cool? Takes about one minute to do and is easy to clean up. I HATE shredding chicken with forks, I always end up using my hands and making a huge mess.  So there is the chicken tacos and the kitchen aid mixer part of this post ( or is it…the bottom of the post just might have something more about mixers..)

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 So now its time for the Gif animation. I am all excited about this because I am SO not technical at all. Its amazing I an even publish a blog post. If it wasn’t for my amazing friend Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet as my emergency IT help, I would be in a heap of trouble behind the scenes of my blog. So without further adieu I give you my first gif animation: Also known as building a chicken taco in 4 seconds.

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Cool, right? Ok maybe I am just easily amused. I am pretty impressed with myself for figuring this out.

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And for the more carb-conscious – use lettuce in place of the tortillas. My fave to use is butter lettuce.

Here is the recipe. But wait..there is MORE..after the recipe that is.

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Easy Shredded Chicken Tacos
Recipe type: Chicken, Mexican, Dinner
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Serves: 8-10
Easy Shredded Chicken Tacos Super quick to make chicken tacos for a fast healthy weeknight dinner
  • 2lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 – 15 ounce can organic chopped tomatoes with green chilies (Trader Joes Brand)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 6” corn tortilla shells (100% gluten free) and or butter lettuce leaves
  • Coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 C Salsa (green or red, homemade or store-bought)
  • Pickled red onions (I used this recipe here)
  • Sliced black olives
  • Cotija cheese (or other crumbly cheese like Feta)
  • Limes
For the Chicken
  1. Rinse the chicken breasts and place in a saucepan. Fill with cold water so its 1” over the chicken and place on medium-low heat. Add in ½ teaspoon salt and poach until just done, about 20 minutes. The water will be clear until they are close to being cooked and then it will have a white film on the water. Check the thickest and thinnest breasts by removing them and slicing through their thickest parts. Keep checking every few minutes until they are done. You don’t want to overcook them. Drain the chicken using a colander in the sink and then place the chicken in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment in place. Season the chicken with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, the cumin and ground pepper and add in the can of tomatoes with chilies. Start the mixer and bring up the speed to medium-low and mix until the chicken is shredded, about one minute. If there are still some larger pieces remaining, remove the more shredded chicken and leave the larger pieces and turn the mixer back on for another 30 seconds. Keep chicken warm until ready to assemble. It can be kept in a glass bowl in a low oven, 200 Deg F, if desired.
To assemble: Heat the taco shells with either a little coconut oil or olive oil to make them more pliable. Place about ¼ cup (or 2 ounces) of chicken mixture on the shell and top with a tablespoon or so of salsa, some pickled red onion, a few olive slices, and a tablespoon of crumbled cotija cheese and shredded lettuce.
  1. These can also be served in lettuce leaves, such as butter lettuce, if going the lower-carb route.


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  1. I love that trick for shredding chicken … I remember when I first heard about it and my mind was blown haha These tacos look delicious!!
    Ashley recently posted…Mexican Couscous SaladMy Profile

  2. I shred chicken that way too. Remember how we used to do it? Weird, I know.

    These chicken tacos nearly took my breath away. I’ve been saying for days I wanted to make tacos or fajitas and you’ve helped me to decide.
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef recently posted…New England Apple CrispMy Profile

  3. I have yet to try the mixer shredding trick, but it looks like it works wonders in a snap. Love the gif, Shanna! Very cool.
    Jeanne (NanaBread) recently posted…OKMH – The December IssueMy Profile

  4. I have GOT to try shredding chicken that way!! Brilliant!
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl recently posted…KitchenAid Mixer GiveawayMy Profile

    • I can’t believe you haven’t done this before!! Its seriously the best. I will make a ton of chicken this way and freeze in batches so when I want to whip up a quick meal I already have cooked shredded chicken I only need to thaw and add to the recipe!

  5. Mind BLOWN! You can use your kitchen aid to shred and mix chicken!?! That is amazing! I think you just made my 2014! Whoa! This recipe looks AMAZING too, and I am going gluten free as of tomorrow, so this will be a perfect meal to make! YUM! Thank you in so many ways!
    Tina Muir recently posted…Training Update 12/29/2013-1/4/2014My Profile

  6. I never thought to use a mixer to shred the chicken….you are a rockstar! These tacos look so pretty and delish! I love a quick and easy meal that I can make on the weeknight, and feel good about eating! Perfect!

  7. These look absolutely amazing!! I love tacos and my boyfriend is always begging me to make more of them for dinner. Definitely trying this one.
    Ali @ Inspiralized recently posted…Inspiralized Rice: Parmesan Squash Rice Risotto with Asparagus & Green Peas (Gluten Free)My Profile

  8. Shanna,
    A couple of things, first being into photography, your pictures are great! Second, being into eating, the recipe for the easy shredded chicken taco is really great. Besides, I love Spanish / Mexican cuisine anyway! I can’t wait to try this out. But all in all, really enjoyed your post. Looking forward to your next one.
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  9. Hmmm, your holidays and house sound just like mine! Today was just weird…but these tacos would fix things I bet :)
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious recently posted…Blueberry and Apple Green Salad with Shaved ParmesanMy Profile

  10. I never would have thought to use my mixer to shred chicken – trying this tonight!
    Heather @ French Press recently posted…Weight Watchers Simple Start for the New yearMy Profile

  11. Awesome! Did you use the GIF maker I told you about? If I can’t have my tacos in real life then I want them in GIF form! Also it’s been awhile since I shredded chicken but the last time was with my mixer. hmmm. . . I have chicken defrosted tonight and still haven’t made up my mind what to do with it. I might just make tacos now. I know my husband will be happy with that dinner!
    Susan recently posted…Grapefruit Thyme SconesMy Profile

  12. My stomach is growling out loud!! (I should know better than to visit your site right before lunch.)
    I too have never tried shredding chicken that way. These look delicious and I love the lettuce wrap option as well! Pinning and printing recipe! :)

  13. I’m a taco fiend and my favorite tacos are with shredded chicken like this! I can’t wait to try these! And those pickled onions? Fabulous! Love your Gif! That is so cool!
    Caroline recently posted…Vegetable and Quinoa Stuffed ZucchiniMy Profile


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