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Grilled Chicken Taco Recipe

I was in search of some quick dinner options that would use up the lifetime supply of boneless skinless chicken breasts I have stored in my freezer. Ok, it’s not really a lifetime supply, but it is a pretty big bag. Since we were snowed in yet again, going to the grocery store for ingredients wasn’t an option. I had to use some things I already had (which I like doing anyway). Chicken breasts, avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, tortillas were ingredients I already had in my stock, so chicken tacos is what I came up with. PERFECT since our family loves tacos.

I thawed about 5 chicken breasts, and then pounded them flat. I despise large chicken breasts since they are difficult to cook evenly without them drying out. Thin breasts cook quicker and stay moist easily. Who likes dry chicken??? NOBODY. I put my chicken breasts in  a freezer size Ziploc bag prior to pounding flat with the smooth side of my meat tenderizer to avoid splatter. The flatter, the better.


I cut away any excess fatty parts, and then season them up with taco seasoning. Don’t bother buying “chicken taco seasoning” because I don’t think there is a difference besides the name. (If you know of a difference, let me know in the comments).


Be generous with your seasoning. It makes a difference in the taste.

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I seasoned both sides well before they headed into the heated grill pan. Now, you can drizzle some vegetable or canola oil over your breasts or make sure your grill pan is oiled before putting the chicken in there. Also, make sure the grill pan is hot, or your chicken will stick, and that’s not cute at all! A little oil will help you get those pretty grill marks as well, so oil away!


You want the breasts to cook about 3 -5 minutes on one side before flipping them over. Grill marks should be evident as well.


And now let them cook on the other side. Simple, huh? Your main ingredient done in less than ten minutes. That’s fast and fabulous my friends. Let them rest for about 5 minutes before slicing them up.


And then slice away. We like slices over chunks, but hey, do what your family likes.


Slice, slice, slice….(my hubby is doing the slicing for me).IMG_0849

Yum! Looks good, doesn’t it? Speaking of looking good, I like to grill my tortillas so they look good as well. Clean that grill pan now, or simply grill your tortillas before you grill the chicken (hmmmm…maybe I should have told you that up front). I like to do it afterwards though so my tortillas are warm when I get ready to eat them. Heat up your lightly oiled grill pan, and place your first tortilla in there for a minute.  Do it any longer, and your tortilla will turn into a big cracker. (Lol).

IMG_0832Flip it over and let it grill for another minute or just until you get the grill marks. Don’t worry if it starts to puff up. It will go down immediately after it’s removed from the grill pan.


Nice, huh?


Now we are ready to assemble the tacos. You can use store bought tomato salsa, or make your own like I usually do. My recipe is my cookbook. I also sliced up some avocado to go along with my other fixings of sour cream and  shredded cheese. Black beans served as our side dish. Rice wouldn’t hurt either, but I didn’t have any so we did without.


I like to assemble them in this order: chicken, salsa, avocado, cheese, sour cream. I add a few sprigs of cilantro on top.


Dinner is done. So easy, or shall I say FAST AND FABULOUS! Let me hear from you in the comment section.


Here’s a look at the tools I used. All items are available here in my cooking store.


Grilled Chicken Taco Recipe

5 boneless skinless chicken breasts

5 tablespoons taco seasoning

1 tablespoon of canola or vegetable oil

10 flour tortillas, taco size

1 cup shredded mexican cheese

1 cup of salsa (homemade or store bought)

sour cream

fresh cilantro and lime for garnish

Kitchen Equipment

cutting board


grill pan

meat tenderizer


citrus squeezer (used in homemade salsa)



Place chicken breasts in freezer size ziploc bag and flatten with smooth side of meat tenderizer.

Cut away any fatty pieces from breasts.

Season breasts with taco seasoning and drizzle with oil.

Heat grill pan over high heat. Grill breasts for 3-5 minutes per side.

Remove from grill pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Slice breasts into 1/2 inch slices or thinner.

Clean grill pan and oil lightly.

Heat grill pan to high, and grill tortillas for about one minute on each side.

Assemble tacos with chicken slices and 2 teaspoons of salsa (or more if you like). Garnish with fresh avocado slices, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro. Serve with black beans.

Serves 5


Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake


There is no flavor combination better than peanut butter and chocolate in my book. God bless the person who decided to marry those flavors together. And God bless the person that created the sweet little peanut butter and chocolate candy bar cups that I love (they may be the same person for all I know). Have you ever tasted a cheesecake, brownie, or pie with chocolate and peanut butter???? Oh my. Heavenly tasting indeed!

The one thing all of those decadent food items I just named have in common (besides peanut butter and chocolate) is that they are all DESSERTS. I am endeavoring to divorce myself from desserts this year. Well, actually just break up for a while with occasional visits only. My point is, me and desserts have been seeing way too much of each other lately, and it is always at my expense.

My efforts to replace some of those sugary snacks led me to my local organic market to find out what healthier options were out there, if any. I had been hearing about cacao nibs and cacao powder, so I decided to check them out. Cacao is the bean that chocolate is made from, and it reported to be full of antioxidants. I started with a small package of the nibs, and they had a decent chocolate taste. I did not buy any cacao powder, and I am glad I did not. I discovered my Hershey’s Cocoa Powder I use for baking boasted that it was “natural unsweetened” and 100% cacao. I thought I would start there. It’s not organic, but for me, it’s a step in a great direction. I did grab a container of peanut butter, and I do mean the organic, all natural container that literally only has one ingredient– ground peanuts. In fact, the store had the machine available where you could grind the peanuts and get the peanut butter yourself. They had the same options available for almond butter, too. I enjoyed the peanut butter. It gave me the peanut butter taste I love, minus all the sugar. Did I mention it is a great source of protein and fiber?

Now that I had my two favorite ingredients together, it was time to start creating with it. The first and only thing I have made so far is this healthy chocolate peanut butter shake. I loved it! Here’s how I made it.

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder*

2 teaspoons Hershey’s Cocoa Powder

1 tablespoon all natural organic peanut butter

1 cup original unsweetened almond milk

5 ice cubes

chia seeds


Blend all the ingredients together in a **blender until completely uniform in color. Top with organic chia seeds for an added health benefit as chia seeds are great for curbing those snack cravings. See Dr. Oz video about them  here.

*I used vanilla whey protein because I like the way it tastes over most of the chocolate flavored whey protein powders out there. Be sure to try to vegan friendly protein powders if you are on a plant based diet.

**There are plenty of pricey blenders out there, but I use this inexpensive Oster 6706 6-Cup Plastic Jar 10-Speed Blender, Black. 

By the way, I do no eat bananas, but I imagine they may be a great addition to this shake.

Let me know your thoughts on this recipe in the comments. I love hearing from you!

Flawless Fashionista

My love for great fashion has been revived, thanks to the flawless Ms. Lupita Nyong’o, actress from the Oscar Winning moving 12 Years A Slave. She is so beautiful. Pure perfection. And she happens to have the glam squad to make her shine on the red carpet, particularly her wardrobe stylist, Micaela Erlanger and her hair stylist Ted Gibson. Lupita is on the rise, and her Oscar win from last night has helped secure her place as a top notch actress and style icon.

Here is her most recent look that I love! Follow my Flawless board on Pintrest to see my other Lupita favs.