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blackened chicken on a flour tortilla with sliced grape tomatoes , shredded lettuce and cheese sitting on a wooden cutting board
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Blackened Chicken Taco Bar

When its time to spice up a family night dinner try my Blackened Chicken Taco Bar.  It's guaranteed to bring smiling faces to your dinner table.  Add your own special touch to the toppings to make sure everyone gets what they want on their taco.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: blackened chicken, taco bar
Servings: 6
Calories: 737kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

  • 12 Mission Organics® Flour Tortillas
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning or your favorite taco seasoning
  • 2 cups tomatoes diced
  • 4 cups romaine or lettuce shredded
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend or cheddar
  • 2 jalapeños seeded and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups guacamole
  • 1 cup salsa your favorite brand or homemade
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions sliced midway through the green
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Prep ingredients for the taco bar and set up bowls with sour cream, salsa, guacamole and all the other toppings.
  • Cut chicken breast into strips.  
  • Add seasoning to chicken breast strips and toss to coat all the pieces with the seasoning.
  • Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a sauté pan or cast iron skillet.  When the pan has gotten hot, carefully add the seasoned chicken strips.  Be careful not to get splattered with hot oil.
  • Let the chicken strips stay in place for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is dark golden brown.  Turn over the pieces and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side or until done.  Make sure to have your kitchen fan running!
  • When finished remove the chicken from the pan and allow to rest for a few minutes.   After the chicken has cooled slightly cut into small pieces.
  • Add a little water to the pan to loosen up all the spices and dark bits in the pan.  You're making a little sauce to toss the chicken in before serving.  It shouldn't be too watery, just enough to make it cling to the chicken.
  • While chicken is cooling begin toasting the Mission Organics® Flour Tortillas on a hot skillet.   Let them cook until they begin to get those dark brown spots and tortilla gets a little puffy in spots.  You can see the semi-translucent color of the tortilla turn more solid as they toast.
  • Keep heated tortillas in a moist towel until they are ready to serve.
  • Toss the chicken back into the heated pan that you cooked them in.  Pan should have enough liquid to coat the chicken.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 737kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1210mg | Potassium: 1472mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5340IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 428mg | Iron: 4.4mg