Simple AND healthy chicken tacos
Yes, those two words can go hand in hand, it's true.
After our 1st Whole30 journey two years ago there were several staple meals I kept around and evolved a bit, this is one of them that is on the menu weekly because it is super easy and delicious!
Just because you made the choice to start eating healthier (maybe organic foods, trying out Whole30, Paleo or AIP) does not mean your taste buds are going to get bored. Actually, go ahead and give yourself a high five because you are well on your way to restoring health to your mind body and soul, it is a journey and every small step counts.
So make your taco and eat it too!
I love, love, love tacos. They seem to speak all my love languages. Hello zesty flavor meets simply family meal.
Here is my well used and loved recipe for some super tasty chicken tacos.
*Disclaimer: I never measure or use a timer. I thought about trying to carefully plan out a time to do the measuring and get the exact time, but that was not realistic for me.
Prep: 10 minutes-ish | Cook time: 35 minutes-ish
- 3 Chicken breasts (so you can have left overs the next day)
- 1 can of Organic tomato sauce
- Avocado oil/ Extra virgin olive oil
- A couple shakes of organic turmeric
- A lot of shakes of organic cumin
- A lot of shakes of organic chili powder
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
- 1 lime
- Corn tortillas (or cauliflower tortillas for Paleo/Whole30)
- Desired toppings (cheese, salsa, guacamole)
Go with your gut and taste as you go. That's my motto. I may or may not frequently burn things in the kitchen— by way of multi-tasking with 3 kids constantly in need of something ;)
1. Pour a layer of Avocado or Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the bottom of a medium pan.
2. Place the chicken in the pan covered for about 20ish minutes. (check it so there is no pink, but you do not want to leave it on there too long.)
— On the days that you are super "on it" stick the chicken in your crockpot. Put the setting on low and shred the chicken when it is fully cooked, approximately 4-6 hours.
3. After the chicken is cooked and shredded, pour on tomato sauce, cumin, turmeric and chili powder (a few dashes here, a couple dashes there, taste and shake on a little more) then squeeze half a lime over it for some extra fiesta-like flavor .
Set the chicken aside.
4. For cauliflower tortillas, I basically followed the recipe here. However, I did not drain the cauliflower in the paper towel because it fell apart, but it was not really necessary either. I also added some turmeric to the cauliflower shells. I would suggest making them a bit thinner than it tells you to in the recipe. The egg really helps them to hold their shape.
— For the man in your life who refuses to eat cauliflower, warm up some corn tortillas in a pan with a little oil. 5 minutes on both sides and then set them aside and fold them in half.
5. Assemble tacos with your favorite salsa (mine is Maria Raes!) guac and possibly cheese if your family is not all doing Whole30 or Paleo with you as well. ;)
— Homemade guacamole: Cut up 2 avocados, fresh lime juice, pink himalayan sea salt and cilantro if you prefer. Mix and enjoy!
That is it! Making just a few changes to use fresh and whole ingredients will not only make you feel better, but your body will reap the benefits of these small and simple steps that can lead you to better over all health.
I hope you enjoy! Have a great week!