Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Chicken Ranch Tacos



For Cinco De Mayo, what better way to celebrate than to enjoy our favorite kind of tacos! The recipe comes from Holly at Life in the Lofthouse. She shares so many great and easy recipes. This is one of her best so far, Chicken Ranch Tacos.   She's such a kind hearted blogger, I once thanked her over email because her blog helped me keep my sanity when I went back to work 12 weeks after having Joshy.   I never expected her to respond, but she actually did and was so gracious about my email.  I hope I can have the same impact on someone as she did on me.

This recipe is a very flavorful way of enjoying chicken in your tacos.  I always include this recipe whenever I do taco bars.  Never heard of a taco bar?  It is a great way to feed a large group of people.  Our friends and family love mexican food, so it's easy to satisfy their Mexican cravings.  For Josh's Sesame Street 2nd birthday party, I will be serving a taco bar. So look at the end of June for pictures and results of the party!
  • 2 lbs. chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil (or 2 tablespoons of butter)
  • 1/4 cup of taco seasoning
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of Ranch Dressing
  • taco shells
  • toppings of your choice (pick as many as you want):
    • shredded lettuce (I highly recommended it adds a nice cool crunch to the taco)
    • salsa
    • sour cream
    • shredded cheese
    • diced tomatoes
    • Spanish rice 
    • black beans
    • etc.

Begin by dicing your chicken breast into bite size or smaller pieces.  After chicken is chopped, heat the oil (or butter) in a pan on HIGH heat.  Place chicken in the pan (be careful the oil will fizzle and pop) and cook the chicken until cooked through.

Pour the taco seasoning on the chicken. Mix the chicken and seasoning until all pieces are covered.  Pour ranch onto seasoned chicken.  Begin mixing quickly because the ranch will start to thicken and turn red brown because of the seasoning.   Once all chicken pieces are coated, stir it 3 or 4 times and turn off burner.

Serve with your favorite taco toppings, like shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream and rice.  It's delicious you won't be disappointed!