Easy Shredded Chicken Tacos are a quick and healthy dinner for those busy week nights. Prepare it all ahead of time so taco assembly is quick and gets dinner on the table as fast as you can say, “Taco Tuesday”.
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.
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.
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.
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..)
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.
Cool, right? Ok maybe I am just easily amused. I am pretty impressed with myself for figuring this out.
For the Chicken
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.
And for the more carb-conscious – use lettuce in place of the tortillas for these easy shredded chicken tacos. My fave to use is butter lettuce.