Chicken BBQ Tacos-Who Knew
Last night, chicken tacos sounded really good. I had some pre-seasoned chicken quarters in the freezer that I thought was with a Mexican blend of seasoning. WRONG. It was BBQ. OK, so no chicken fajitas tonight but I still wanted some style of Mexican food(not going to stress just going to run with it). I ran to the store after work and and grabbed taco shells, taco seasoning, BBQ sauce (to up the flavor of the chicken), sour cream, tomatoes, avocados, red onion, lime, shredded pepper jack and sharp cheddar cheese, canned black beans and canned corn. Leaving the store all I thought, ‘How in the hell am I going to pull this all together and it still taste yummy?
I threw the chicken in the oven at 375° so it can slow bake and get tender. Then I started dicing the onion, tomatoes, and avocado and set them all aside. The avocado was in its own bowl. I sliced the lime into wedges and squeezed the juice over the avocados to keep from browning or oxidizing. I grabbed a bag of shredded lettuce to lighten my work load in the kitchen. All the topping goodies were set aside and looked so pretty…all the healthy colors that my husband wouldn’t try (sigh). I pulled the chicken out after 45 minutes and shredded with a fork and slid the rack back into the over for another 20 minutes. At this point I started a couple of boxes of good old fashion Rice and let that cook away.
So I have the chicken and the rice cooking, toppings chopped and ready to go, now it’s time to get the other side going. I needed something neutral that I could use to pull all the flavors together. I drained and rinsed to cans of black beans and one can of corn. I dumped all the canned food into a pot, added taco seasoning (4-5 good shakes) and a couple of good squirts of lime juice. Started that on low and oh my! So much goodness the side brought. It tied the rice, the chicken, and everything together that wasn’t supposed to go together.
The chicken was pullout, more sauce added and lime juice and mixed thoroughly. When it was all put together nice and neat in a shell with a dollop of sour cream and the two sides on the plate. It was BBQ chicken taco Tuesday heaven!
So, yeah. Go on in the kitchen and combine two flavors that you would never think in a million years would work together. You may be surprised. And don’t panic if it doesn’t work out. There’s always delivery (I would know, trust me. The pizza place near me knows when my kitchen recipe ideas fail).
- 1 lb of BBQ seasoned leg quarters (if it isn’t available in your market, this is a chance to get creative with sauce and taco seasoning)
- 1 small bottle of BBQ (I used a chipotle flavored one)
- 2 limes
- taco seasoning
- 2 cans of black beans
- 1 can of corn
- Taco shells
Then the rice and toppings of your choice. Good Luck!