Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos
Spice up your taco night with these quick and easy ideas. You'll never have to eat a boring taco again!
Hi, I'm Kristie Jordan. With quick fix suppers, you'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table. So let's get started! Hey Kristie it's Frank. I'm in complete need of a new taco idea. I need to be home in about an hour the wife expects me to cook dinner for the family. And do you have any ideas for some spicy taco recipes for me? Thank you. I have some many great quick fix taco ideas that your family's taco night will never be the same again. Southern Living's grilled chicken tacos is a great place to start. It's a really good basic recipe that allows you to tweak the meat and toppings to really suit your family's taste. You could have a whole week of taco nights, all different, at your house using this recipe alone. To begin with, what we're gonna need to do is take a zipper seal bag, and some chicken tenders. We're just gonna add those into the bag, and now we're gonna add our marinade ingredients. And this is a real simple marinade. A little bit of lime juice, some olive oil, and some Montreal chicken seasoning. If you can't find Montreal seasoning, just pick up some fajita seasoning. Seal that up, toss it and turn to coat a little bit, and place that in our refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. But you know a great time saving tip is to go ahead and marinate your chicken the night before and then it have it waiting on you when you come home because the longer your chicken marinates the better it's gonna taste. When you take it out of your fridge be sure you let it sit on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes to take the chill off of it because then it will grill and cook more evenly for your tacos. While our chicken is marinating I'm gonna show you how to make a really quick and easy mango salsa. We're gonna start with a little bit of salsa, and we're gonna add some chopped mango, and we're gonna add a little bit of chopped cilantro, and this is fresh as well because there's nothing like that fresh flavor, and a little bit of chipotle hot sauce. And we're just gonna give that a little stir until it's nice and combined and then we'll set it aside and we'll go ahead and get started grilling our chicken. Now that our chicken's done marinating we're gonna go ahead and cook it. I'm just using a grill pan for this and it's cast iron so it's gonna be great at conducting the heat, then we're going to have those nice little grill marks on it just like we cooked it outside. And although I'm using chicken in this recipe keep in mind that this is a great basic recipe so really use anything you want to fill it with. Ground beef, steak, chicken fingers, even fish sticks make great fillings for tacos. Now that our chicken is done cooking, we're ready to assemble our tacos. Whether you're using flour tortillas or hard shells, it's always a good idea to heat them ahead of time, they will taste so much more better and your flour tortillas will become more pliable and less likely to rip or tear when you're assembling your tacos. I'm gonna show you the coolest tip, my kids think I'm so neat when I do this. Turn a muffin tin upside down, it is the perfect vehicle to hold your tortillas or tacos while you stuff them. And it's even a fun serving dish if you're just having a little casual family dinner. So I've got my tortillas in there and I'm gonna take my chicken. Now this chicken is, pretty big, so I think I'm just gonna do one per tortilla here. Now I'm gonna top each one with a little bit of chopped romaine lettuce, and then we've got our fresh mango salsa. Oh, look at that, it's gorgeous! And now, I'm gonna sprinkle a little bit of queso fresco on each one as the finishing touch. There you go, and our muffin pan held it all steady for us. I hope you get to make this quick fix dinner idea soon. For more great quick fix ideas, pick up a copy of Southern Living and visit us online at SouthernLiving.com.