Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Taco Tuesday: Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

I was browsing recipes one day and came across Cilantro Lime Chicken.  It looked good, and we just happened to have limes and cilantro, so it was the perfect time to go ahead and try something new.  Plus, one of my kids requests tacos frequently, so I need new recipes that are suitable for tacos.  We make a delicious Creamy Chicken Taco (slow cooker) recipe that we love, and this is similar, except it's a bit of a twist and kind of kicks it up a bit.  I adapted slightly, but it's so easy and uses only a few ingredients.

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All you need is chicken, salsa, one lime, taco seasoning and fresh cilantro!

My Ingredients
1.33 lbs chicken
16 oz jar of Salsa
1 lime, halved
homemade taco seasoning (or 1 packet taco seasoning mix)
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
optional:  cheese, sour cream or other toppings


cilantro lime chicken


First, I had to make my taco seasoning.  I use this homemade taco seasoning recipe, and just make one batch at at at time so I don't have to worry about storing it.  (It's enough for a standard recipe of 1 - 1 1/2 pounds meat.)  You can use a packet of store-bought taco seasoning if you choose.

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I placed the chicken in the crockpot and sprinkled both sides with a little of the taco seasoning.

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Next came the salsa mix.  Normally for this type of recipe (and amount of chicken) I'd use an 8 oz jar, or preferably my mother-in-law's canned salsa, but since I had a 16 oz jar, I used just over half of it.  The rest was saved for "fresh" salsa topping or just to dip if anyone wanted.  Into the salsa I mixed the rest of the taco seasoning, half of the lime juice, and the chopped cilantro.  (I just eyeballed the cilantro, didn't worry so much about measuring it.)

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I poured the salsa mix over the chicken, making sure it covered the tops and sides and went between the two pieces.

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I put mine in after lunch, before I cleaned the kitchen, so I cooked on high about 4 hours--you could probably also cook on low for 6-8 hours.  This was a very aromatic dish, and smelled so good when I walked back into the house after being outside!  After four hours, it looked like this . . .

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It was very tender and shredded effortlessly.  I shredded the chicken and mixed it back in with the salsa.  I then switched the crock pot to warm while I cooked the rice.

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I intended to make some Mexican rice for a side dish, but time got away from me and I just used the rice as a "filler" and mixed it into the chicken which was good too.

This is a very versatile dish and it be used in tortillas . . . (I told you, if you let him dress it like a taco, one of my kids will eat anything.)

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 Or on nachos.  Somebody might like sour cream.

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The Verdict
Delicious!  We loved it!  My 8 year old loves anything called a "taco" and cleaned his plate.  My 6 year old is not a taco fan, but even my toddler ate a good bit of hers, considering her declaration that she didn't want it.  The husband raved.  I liked this chicken better than any other crock pot chicken taco recipe we've tried to date, so for now, this will be my go-to recipe!



Inspiration:  Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
I followed this fairly closely, although I used homemade taco seasoning and essentially cut the recipe in half, due to the amount of chicken I needed for my family.  I slightly altered the steps, but none of the changes should have affected the results, and since we loved it, I will certainly recommend this recipe!


Your Turn
What's your favorite taco/nacho recipe?  I'm always looking for new recipes to appease my Taco Tuesday kid . . . so please, for the sake of diversity and all things Tacos . . . share away!





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9 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! I've been looking for a new Mexican-flavored crock pot recipe because all of our old favorites have corn in them (which my youngest can no longer have). Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, this dish definitely stood on its own without black beans or corn. It was really good!

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  2. I usually just dump salsa in with the chicken and call it done. I love lime, and I bet that and cilantro make it seem more "fresh" and homemade than mine. I'll have to try this one night soon!

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    1. Yes, the cilantro and lime really took it up a notch.

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  3. Looks great! We'll have to put that on the to-try list!

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  4. Yum-eeee! Definitely one I will be trying out. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Let me know how you like it if you do try it out! :)

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  5. Your pictures made me so hungry! LOL Great easy recipe.

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