Monday, April 22, 2013

Ultimate BBQ Chicken Tacos

Taco night is a big deal. Dinners haven't been the same ever since I stumbled upon a homemade tortilla recipe. Making tortillas from scratch will change your life. Soft, warm, carbolicious tortillas hugging fresh chicken and topped with mountains of fresh produce. Seriously, it's like all the food groups in one meal! Tacos are amazing.

My husband has been asking me to make BBQ chicken tacos for a while. I pretty much scoured the interweb for recipes but none of them had enough ingredients. Most were kind of blah-- bbq sauce, chicken, and cheese. Seriously? Who needs a recipe to make that? I wasn't very inspired.

So, I pulled ALL the recipes together and, with a little tweaking, based upon what I had in my own pantry, created what I like to believe is the Ultimate BBQ Chicken Soft Taco. I don't even like BBQ chicken (gasp!) and I couldn't get enough of these. Initially, I wasn't so confident that sour cream and BBQ sauce would mix. But it turned out to be a winning combo!

Please ignore my hideous food photography.

2 large chicken breasts
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground oregano
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt

Taco "Accessories"
Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
red onions
monterrey jack cheese
sour cream

Last but not least: Homemade tortillas

1. Make the spice rub by mixing all the spices together. Rub generously over the chickent breasts. Bake chicken (covered) in a 350 degree oven until the internal temp reaches 170. When the chicken is done cooking, shred it with two forks and spoon all the juices on top. To me, the shredded chicken is a must. Regular chicken just doesn't have the right texture.

2.Serve the chicken with tortillas and "accessories." My husband liked to spoon and rub sour cream over the tortillas, add the filler, then drizzle the BBQ chicken on top. I omitted the avocado. And gave them to Ryan.

By the way, my one year old loved these- the chicken, tomatoes, and avocado especially. I love that I can put food on his tray and let him feed himself while I eat. I sure haven't missed eating with one hand.

Side note: when I purchased the avocado from the grocery store, the checker asked me what it was! Ha ha. How can you work in a grocery store and NOT know what an avocado is?!?

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