Kenzie Pigott | WVUGo Staff Writer
Easy and Affordable Shredded Chicken Tacos
Who doesn't love a good taco? The versatile meal can be made hundreds of ways, some of the best being healthier options that are just as savory! This shredded chicken taco bowl is a delicious meal that anyone can make! The best part? It’s easily meal prep-able, so just a few minutes in the kitchen can last up to a week.
Prep time: 30 minutes | Bake time: 20 minutes | Total cost: $16
For this simple and delicious dish, I stopped at Aldi to pick up my ingredients, but with such basic products, they can be bought anywhere! I bought fresh chicken breast tenderloin- the package I bought had 10 pieces and was perfect for this dish. To add some color, I included red, orange and yellow sweet peppers, iceberg lettuce, Roma tomatoes, shredded Mexican style cheese, and tri-colored tortilla crisps to add a little crunch.
Before anything else, I made sure to preheat my oven to 400º and while it was warming, I prepped my chicken. Baking is a much healthier alternative to frying, and allows the chicken to stay juicy without burning. In my baking pan (a flat sheet would work well too), I used just enough olive oil so the chicken wouldn't stick to the bottom, and popped them in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes on one side, then flip them and bake for 10 more minutes. They should come out golden brown and juicy.
While my chicken baked, I chopped my veggies. Using three peppers, two tomatoes, and half a head of lettuce, everything got mixed into a bowl and stirred. This only took about 10 minutes to prepare the entire mixture.
Once my chicken had finished baking and cooled slightly, I put the pieces into a second mixing bowl to season and shred. The seasoning I used was reduced sodium taco seasoning, also from Aldi, but you could easily make your own or use your favorite blend of seasonings! I poured it all over the chicken and used forks to shred and blend the mix. Once the seasoning coated the chicken, I dumped the chicken into the greens and mixed well.
This dish is so easy to make and fairly inexpensive also, as one package can be meal prepped for up to a week. Be sure to store the meal in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The best part about this meal is you can eat it warm or cold! I do suggest, though, if you decide to warm the chicken, to store the greens in a separate container so they don't get soggy when microwaving.Happy cooking and enjoy!