Friday, May 9, 2008

Kid Friendly Food Fridays - Creamy Chicken Tacos!

Welcome back to Kid-Friendly Food Fridays! We started this weekly event to feature healthy, yummy, delicious, and quick recipes to make for kids! For more information on this weekly event, please visit the Kid Friendly Food Fridays Headquarters! We welcome you to submit recipes and ideas for this feature to gingerlemon_girl at yahoo dot com!

Photo credits: Becky Luigart-Stayver, and Jan Gauto, Cooking Light Sept. 2002

Today's recipe comes from our friend Kelly. You are probably familiar with my friend Kelly by now, as she contributed a recipe for outstanding waffles several weeks ago.
I trust Kelly's opinion on kid-friendly recipes because she is wonderful mom to two young children, who love her gluten free cooking!

During the summer in the Ginger Lemon Girl household, our work schedules change and it always takes Michael and me a few weeks to adjust our new, usually later, dinner routine. We have to come up with fast, easy, and hopefully nutritious meals, or we'll be eating at 9pm every night!

Recently I asked Kelly if she had any really easy, yummy, and FAST ideas for a gluten free dinner. In no time at all Kelly whipped out a recipe for Creamy Chicken Tacos, which she received from her sister. Here are Kelly's thoughts on these great tacos:

"{This recipe} makes enough for 6-10 meals or more. When we make this dish, we can create meals from it for a week! The leftovers also freeze very well. Company loves it and EVERYONE asks for the recipe. There is also a lot you can do with it other than just making tacos:
  • make a taco salad
  • toast a corn tortilla in the oven and, when crispy, add creamy chicken mixture, cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, whatever you have, for a creamy chicken pizza!
  • I also like to put it on half a corn tortilla, sprinkle with cheese, and microwave it for a minute to melt the cheese. Then I add extra sour cream and salsa, fold it over and eat it with a fork.
With so many options, this recipe never gets old!"

Michael and I made these tacos and we LOVE them! We ate creamy chicken tacos for 3 meals this week, and never tired of them! After those meals we still had enough leftovers that I made a creamy chicken enchilada casserole and froze it for a quick dinner next week! I love how easy this is to make in the crockpot. I'm not usually a big fan of the crockpot because I am away from home for 12 hours a day, and normally anything left in the crockpot that long isn't worth eating! With this recipe, I can easily make it on Sunday, then just heat up what we need for dinner the next day! Perfect for busy moms and working families!

Kelly's Crockpot Creamy Chicken Tacos

4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed*
1 package gluten free taco seasoning (McCormick's is gluten free)
16 ounces salsa
1/2 cup brown minute rice
8-10 ounces sour cream

Place chicken breasts in the crockpot, sprinkle with taco seasoning
and pour salsa on top. Cover and turn on low for 6-8 hours or high
for 4-6 hours. One hour before you want to eat it, shred all the
chicken with two forks, add rice and sour cream, stir, cover for the
last hour.

*Carrie's Recipe Notes: When I started the chicken, I also added a can of green chilies in addition to the salsa. In the last hour of cooking, I also added a can of drained and rinsed black beans along with the sour cream and brown rice! We loved these additions! If your kids do not like black beans (but you would like to add them to the recipe) puree the beans in your blender and then stir them into the chicken in the last hour of cooking!

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  • Make sure to visit Gluten Free Kay's blog today for her Kid-Friendly Food Friday Recipe: Honey Caramels! They are gluten free, corn free, egg free, soy free, and VERY kid friendly!! Great job Kay! Thanks so much for contributing your recipe!!

Many thanks to Kelly and Kay for sharing their wonderful recipes with us!

Have a fun weekend!!

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  1. Sounds great! I love simple recipes like this that can be turned into a variety of different meals! Wonderful idea to turn the leftover chicken into a casserole. Yum!

  2. Thanks Nicole!! I love easy, simple dinners like this too! thanks so much for commenting!! I hope your cookbook is coming along well!

  3. I do not have brown minute rice. Will long grain brown rice work? The recipe looks great.

  4. Sue -- Long grain browl rice will work just fine as long as you PRECOOK it before you add it to the crock pot!

    The reason minute rice is used here, is because it will quickly cook in the crock pot in less than an hour! So just pre-cook half a cup of regular brown rice and then add it to the chicken the last hour of cooking! Let me know how it turns out!!

  5. Hi Carrie,

    I know I missed the deadline for Kid Food, again. I keep thinking I'll get caught up and be able to contribute ON TIME. Ha ha!

    But I was almost ready this week. So I posted a kid-friendly recipe on my blog today.

    That crock pot chicken looks great! I'm avoiding all powdered spices, but I could add a layer of fresh onions and peppers (sweet and hot) to make up for it. I really miss chili powder and Lawry's seasoned salt. Sniff!

  6. Kay -- I LOVE IT!! I'll add a link to your candy on today's post! Thanks so much for contributing! I'm so glad you did!

  7. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll! I'm so excited about it! I'll definitly be checking your blog in the future. This creamy chicken taco recipe looks great!

  8. I can tell that's another one I'll be making. I tried your chicken cheese primavara last night and it will be a staple. My son loved it!

  9. Sarah -- You are so welcome! You have a wonderful gluten free blog! Keep up the good work!

    Melanie (Gluti Girl) -- Don't you just love that cheesy chicken primavera! That is such an easy and yummy meal! I just love it! You will LOVE these tacos! It's so versatile, that the whole family can make whatever meal they want with it!

  10. Jeffrey would love this, Carrie!

    You should check out my Beefaroni -- it would be good for kid-friendly Friday, and a Crock pot is involved...

  11. Those look great. Husband-friendly, too! Anything in the crockpot floats my boat these days!

    Hope you're well! (I posted today, too, believe it or not!)

  12. This looks delicious! Anything taco related is a hit at our house. So glad you shared this! Yum, can't wait to try it!

  13. I came across your blog posts today and let me just say, the chicken taco recipe sounds truly delicious (in fact my mouth is watering, so I might try it out now!. Mmmm mmmm!

  14. I just finished loading my crock-pot I just have to manage to wait all day before I eat it.
    Amber :)

  15. Hi I am enjoying reading your blog so much, this is the second recipe of yours I've tried (after the wonderful Sarah's oatmeal) and it was really delicious and easy to do!
    I couldn't find black beans or a can of green chillies to add but put in a tin of red kidney beans and some pre-cooked rice (thanks for explaining about the difference between the two).
    Also I had to make my own taco seasoning 1.5 tea paprika, 1 tea chilli pdr, 1 tea cumin, 0.5 tea dried oregano, 0.5 tea salt worked out well for us if anyone else couldn't get to some taco seasoning.
    I served it with coconut lemongrass rice and avocado salad.
    My brother had 3 serves! and wants me to make it again asap.

  16. I'm a creatively challenged mom. If my guy is GF/CF/SF & RF - is there any way to change out the rice and sour cream? Any creative suggestions out there?

  17. I made it and it was wonderful!