Three Ways with Shredded Chicken

When I’m meal planning for the week, sometimes I like to just cook a bunch of chicken, shred it, and save it to use in various dishes throughout the week. It cuts down on time spent preparing meals after a long day of work, and you can switch up what you’re going to make with it. Here are three of my go-to meals using shredded chicken.

Salsa Chicken Tacos

All you have to do for these tacos is mix your chicken with your favorite salsa and put it on a tortilla. Doesn’t get much simpler than that! My favorite toppings to go with the salsa chicken are avocados, shredded cheese, sliced onions, halved grape tomatoes, and fresh cilantro.

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Summer Salad

I love a hearty salad with fresh summer produce, and chicken adds extra protein to it. My favorite summer salad uses butter lettuce, Vidalia onions, strawberries, avocado, hard-boiled eggs, and chicken, drizzled with avocado ranch. You can also add toasted sunflower seeds for some addedΒ crunch.

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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

I love grilled cheese, and I love buffalo chicken, so what’s a more perfect combo than a Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese? I make my own buffalo sauce (see recipe below photo), toss the chicken in it, and use sharp cheddar and American cheese on the sandwich. You can either make your grilled cheese in a panini press or just in a skillet (what I do).

Here’s my recipe for homemade buffalo sauce:

1/2 cup of hot sauce (I use Texas Pete)
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1. Stir together all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Bring to a slow boil while stirring constantly.

3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Mexican Street Food – The Good And The Not So Good

Prickly Pear Margarita and delicious guacamole

Prickly Pear Margarita and delicious guacamole

My friend and I were given gift certificates to Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Birmingham, so we decided to try it out this past weekend. I was super excited about the restaurant because they specialize in Mexican street food, which I love. However, I was a little disappointed in certain things about the restaurant. I’ve had some amazing Mexican street food before (see end of post), but this definitely did not live up to my expectations.

First off, the positive. We began our meal with guacamole (of course, I can never pass up guacamole) and I have to say it was some of the best guacamole I’ve ever had. It wasn’t bland like some guacamoles and it wasn’t overly limey or spicy. It was a perfect balance of guacamole ingredients and was topped with pico de gallo. We devoured it and even got a second order of it after we finished our meals! I also got a prickly pear margarita which was really delicious. It was pretty sweet, but I like sweet drinks so I didn’t mind. Plus a salted rim helps to cut the sweetness.

Unimpressive tacos...chicken on the left, fish on the right

Not my favorite tacos…chicken on the left, fish on the right

Now, for the not so great. We were pretty disappointed with our main entrees. I ordered one Taco de Pollo – tequila marinated chicken, cilantro mayo, salsa verde and pico de gallo – and one Fish Taco – tilapia fillet, slaw, avocado, cilantro mayo and chile de arbol salsa. Sounds delicious and flavorful, right? Wrong. There was nothing bad about these tacos, it’s just that there was no flavor. With all that was on them, you’d think you’d get some great flavors but I was really unimpressed. Another thing we were frustrated with was the fact that they would only accept one of our certificates, despite the fact we were paying separately. They told us that coupons are one per table, which seems a little ridiculous if everyone is on a separate check and you all want to use your gift certificates. So much for a free meal. And maybe we shouldn’t have ordered that extra guacamole…

I probably wouldn’t go back to Cantina for the food but it is a nice place to grab drinks and guacamole. However, we have to go back anyway now to use our second certificate! 5 orders of guacamole? I think so!

So what was my amazing Mexican street food experience?

The best Mexican street food I’ve had was at a place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, called Papacitos. I went up to New York City in December and my friend, who lives in Greenpoint, kept raving about the tacos from this place. She took me one afternoon and now I have to say I’m just as obsessed as she is (if only I was close enough to eat it every day). The pork in my anjito pork taco was so juicy and had such a wonderful flavor that I don’t think any other Mexican street food can compare to. They were wrapped in homemade tortillas, and the best part was they were cheap! Even cheaper than Cantina’s…