Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summer Chicken Taco's

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Summer Chicken Taco's



Without a doubt this is one of my all time FAVORITE summer recipes!!! Anything colorful and delicious that satisfies my sight, smell and taste buds all in one go is a complete winner to me!  I came across a version of this recipe online months ago before I began the 21 day fix meal plan and had to try it.  The original recipe is completely vegetarian but being a meat lover I had to add some chicken.  It's incredibly versatile, you can choose whatever veggies suit your palate and switch things up as much as you'd like.  We recently purchased a griddle so we can do more outdoor cooking, but I've made these inside in a large pan too. 


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Summer taco's on the griddle!


Oh, and did I mention that they are 21 day fix approved!  Pretty sure I did, so when I realized that little bonus I was thrilled! Just remove the cheddar cheese from inside the taco's if it doesn't fit within your daily blue container.

Serves 5-6
Serving size 2 tortillas

Ingredients
1 zucchini
1 summer squash
1 red bell pepper
1/2 green pepper
1 small red onion
1/2 cup frozen sweet corn
3 fresh jalapenos, diced, seeds and stems discarded
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup Spanish grated cotija cheese (could use Parmesan or feta if you can't find this)
3-4 tbsp EVOO
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
10-12 small corn tortilla's
10-12 thin slices cheddar cheese (leave out if following the 21 DF)
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp red pepper flakes (more to taste if desired)
Salt & pepper to taste


Preparation
1. Chop zucchini, squash, peppers and chicken breasts into small pieces (keep chicken separate)
2.  Heat up griddle or large frying pan (a wok would also work)
3. Add 1-2 tbsp EVOO and cook zucchini, squash, bell peppers, onion, sweet corn, jalapeno and garlic until cooked to your liking. Sprinkle with cumin, italian seasoning and pepper flakes. Add more or less seasonings to suit your tastes. 
4.  Salt and pepper your chopped chicken. In a separate pan or separate part of the griddle, while the veggies are cooking add 1 tbsp EVOO and cook through until no longer pink.
5. There are 3 ways to prepare your tortilla's depending on your method of cooking:

A.  Preparing tortilla's on a griddle- Heat them through on the griddle while your chicken and veggies are cooking.  Simply clear some space at the side, and depending on how many fit at one time, spray the griddle with a little oil, place the tortilla on and place a slice of cheddar cheese on one side. Heat until cheese is melting and little bubbles of air pockets form on the tortilla's.  Fold in half and set aside until the rest are done.
B. Preparing tortillas on the stove-top- Heat a dollop of olive oil in a large cast iron frying pan, on medium high. Add tortilla to the pan, moving it around a bit, and turning it over, so that it spreads around the oil. Let the tortilla heat until it develops little bubbles of air pockets. Then place a piece of cheddar cheese on one side of the tortilla, and use a metal spatula to fold the other side of the tortilla over the cheese. Heat until cheese is melted, then remove from pan.
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Dad approved!
C. Preparing tortillas in the microwave- Pleace a paper towel (or half the paper towel) on the heating surface of your microwave. Spread out 2 tortillas on the paper towels.  Cook on high heat for 20 seconds per tortilla, in the case of 2 tortillas, 40 seconds.  The tortillas should develop little air pockets (you may need to adjust the time depending on your microwave). Then place a slice of cheddar cheese on one side of the tortilla and told over the cheese.  Cook for an additional 10 seconds per tortilla until cheese is melted.

6.  Once all your veggies, chicken and tortilla's are done, serve with a little cotija cheese and devour!  I cooked these for my family and they are definitely Mum and Dad approved! :-D


21 DF container equivalents
1 yellow
1 green
1/2 red
1/2 blue (minus the cheddar cheese)
1 spoon


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Summer chicken taco's




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