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Buffalo Chicken Tacos

buffalo chicken tacos recipeIt is no secret that I love to cook. I really do. It relaxes me, makes me happy, and I really enjoy making meals for people that I love. What I don’t love is the getting-dinner-on-the-table-every-night struggle. You know what I mean – the cooking that goes on during a busy week when you have lots of places to go and things to do, and not a lot of time to enjoy the process of cooking. The cooking that is more about survival. I am lucky that I work from home, and coincidentally my work occurs in a kitchen, and even I have the weeknight dinner struggle. How do I make it easier for myself?

Well, I am big fan of a meal plan. I know what we are having for dinner for the week starting on Sunday. I usually do my planning on Friday or Saturday, do the grocery shop, and have everything in the house to start a new week. I have tried doing for longer than a week, but it never ends up working out the way that I want it to. However you do it, it needs to work for you. For me, that means a pen and paper plan and one week at a time. Here is a simple sheet that I made for you to print out.

Second, I try to get some of the things on the plan done ahead of time. For instance, this buffalo chicken taco can be started the day ahead of time, or earlier in the day. I tend to do a lot of my dinner prep in the morning while everyone is at school. In fact, for this post, I just cooked enough to take these pictures and made the rest later for dinner. You can cut up the chicken and get it marinading, make the blue cheese dressing (or buy it, no judgement here), and the buffalo sauce if you have extra time the night before. So when dinner rolls around, you have about 10 minutes worth of cooking and assembling to do.

These tacos are the marriage of my husband’s two favorite things, buffalo wings and tacos. The buffalo sauce is not hot, very kid-friendly, so if you want it hotter, use less honey and more hot sauce. A little cayenne pepper will heat it up too.

buffalo chicken tacos recipe4 chicken breasts, cut into very small pieces
2 Tablespoons buffalo seasoning
1 Tablespoon olive oil

3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup hot sauce
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
4 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Blue Cheese Dressing:

2 cups sour cream
1/3 to 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 Tablespoon chopped dill
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley

Tortillas
Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheese
Shredded carrots
Sliced celery
Blue Cheese Dressing

4 chicken breasts, cut into very small pieces 2 Tablespoons buffalo seasoning 1 Tablespoon olive oil  3 Tablespoons butter 1/2 cup hot sauce 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 4 Tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper  Blue Cheese Dressing:  2 cups sour cream 1/3 to 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup blue cheese crumbles 1 Tablespoon chopped dill 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley  Tortillas  Shredded lettuce Shredded cheese Shredded carrots Sliced celery Blue Cheese DressingAdd the chicken to a Ziploc bag, sprinkle buffalo seasoning over and coat the chicken with seasoning. Let sit for 30 minutes, or up to 1 day.

buffalo chicken tacos recipeIf you are making the blue cheese dressing yourself, whisk the sour cream and buttermilk until smooth.

homemade blue cheese dressing recipeAdd vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth.

homemade blue cheese dressing recipeFold in blue cheese, dill, and parsley. Transfer to a container. This keeps for a week in the fridge.

buffalo chicken tacos recipeTo make the tacos, heat a skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil to pan. Add chicken and cook until cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes.

buffalo chicken tacos recipeMeanwhile, add butter, hot sauce, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper to a saucepan. Heat until the butter is melted and whisk until smooth.

buffalo chicken taco recipeToss chicken with buffalo sauce.
buffalo chicken taco recipeAssemble your toppings. Heat the tortillas and start building. I think that a cold beer goes perfectly with these tacos. And some extra napkins.

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Buffalo Chicken Tacos


Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into very small pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons buffalo seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Buffalo Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Blue Cheese Dressing:

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley

To assemble:

  • Tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sliced celery
  • Blue Cheese Dressing

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken to a Ziploc bag, sprinkle buffalo seasoning over and coat the chicken with seasoning. Let sit for 30 minutes, or up to 1 day.
  2. If you are making the blue cheese dressing yourself, whisk the sour cream and buttermilk until smooth. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Fold in blue cheese, dill, and parsley. Transfer to a container. This keeps for a week in the fridge.
  3. To make the tacos, heat a skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil to pan. Add chicken and cook until cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Meanwhile, add butter, hot sauce, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper to a saucepan. Heat until the butter is melted and whisk until smooth. Toss chicken with buffalo sauce.
  4. Heat the tortillas and assemble tacos. Layer tortilla with shredded lettuce, cheese, celery, carrots, chicken, and blue cheese dressing. Serve with a cold beer. And some napkins.

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  1. Katie

    March 6th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Oh I love the twist on the traditional taco! I also cook to de-stress and feed others!

  2. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks Katie! Cooking is my therapy.

  3. Denise

    March 6th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    We have been talking about making a buffalo inspired taco since Lenny made those chicken wings; just haven’t gotten around to it! Now I have the bug to add it to our list for next week! Looks delicious ….

  4. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    They are so good! The celery is my favorite part, I love the crunch that it adds. Hope you like!

  5. Emily ~SoDomesticated~

    March 6th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I plan all of my meals for the week as well… it’s a great way to stay within my budget and I love being organized!!!

    These tacos look delicious!

  6. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    It really does make the week go smoother.

  7. Tanya

    March 6th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Buffalo chicken and celery just to perfectly together! I am so glad you put celery on these tacos. They look really good.

  8. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I agree. I love the crunch.

  9. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    March 6th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Oh man, these are my kind of tacos! I sure wish I was having this for lunch!

  10. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Come on over!

  11. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    March 6th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I just made a buffalo style chicken meal this week…for the first time! I love it! Now, I’m buffalo obsessed. This looks wonderful!

  12. bakedbree

    March 6th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Over here too. If I could put buffalo on everything, my husband would be happy!

  13. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife

    March 7th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Cooking is relaxing for me too… except when it’s 5:00 pm, I’m getting off work and my husband is already calling me to ask me what’s for dinner. I tried to meal plan but then the day would come and I wouldn’t want what was on the menu. lol. I’m starting to get back into the habit of at least planning 2 days out and I think this will be going into my planning.

  14. bakedbree

    March 8th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I hear you! I feel the same way, I need to be in the mood for something. I got over it, it just makes life easier to plan it out.

  15. Amber @ Sprinkled With Flour

    March 7th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I really do think I have an addiction to buffalo sauce – I put in on everything and constantly dream of other things I can do with it. These tacos look like another great way to use it, looks so good! 🙂

  16. bakedbree

    March 8th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    You and my husband! I don’t like when he makes his sauce though, it is just butter, hot sauce, and vinegar. I think that he has melted off his taste buds.

  17. Leslie

    March 7th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Just printed this recipe and meal planning printout. I also love to cook and do not enjoy when I can’t enjoy it! Anyway thanks so much!

  18. bakedbree

    March 8th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    You are welcome, I hope it helps you out.

  19. psch

    March 7th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! Do you have a fish taco recipe?

  20. bakedbree

    March 8th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Yes, you can search for it using the search bar, or the recipe index. 🙂

  21. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    March 11th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Delicious. Truth be told, I love the flavor of wings more than I actually like eating them. It’s the meat off tiny bones that gets to me. I love a good taco so I’m pretty sure I’d gobble these down. And with a cold beer no less!

  22. bakedbree

    March 14th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Me too, and I don’t like to get messy. You will like these!

  23. kyle

    March 22nd, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    sounds great. how much does this recipe yield?

  24. bakedbree

    March 31st, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    About 4.

  25. Janene @thebestever.com

    April 29th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Yum!! I am pretty sure those tacos taste heavenly and they look really good in the pictures. I will try this tomorrow, “Taco Tuesday!!!!” and see if I can replicate this amazing recipe. Wish me luck, but I am pretty sure it will turn out great!

  26. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    No luck needed! This recipe is fool proof!

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