Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos with Red Chili Sauce and Lime.

The Best Shredded Chicken Tacos

If you’re a fan of Tex-Mex or Mexican food and you love Shredded Chicken Tacos, you’re in for a treat because this is the real deal and they’re so easy to make using this slow cooker recipe. The meat is fall off the bone tender and full of amazing flavor. Plus, this recipe can be used for more than just tacos. I’m talking about burritos, nachos, chimichangas, quesadillas or served over rice, it’s that versatile.

Seasoned Boneless Chicken Thighs.

Shredded Chicken Taco Seasoning

One of the best seasonings to use for this Shredded chicken Taco recipe is Blackened Seasoning. It’s got everything you need in one and can usually be found with barbecue rubs and all purpose seasonings in your grocery store. It’s also very easy to make if you can’t find someone that carries it and you want or need to make your own. Here’s my recipe for Blackened Seasoning if you’re interested. The seasoning in the photos and video tutorial is my recipe and it’s got smoked paprika, cumin, onion & garlic powder, as well as a few other ingredients you’re going to love. It goes great with pork, beef, poultry and seafood. I highly recommend you try it, if you haven’t already. I also use kosher salt and pepper.

Diced Tomatoes, garlic and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce topped with seasoned chicken thighs and Mexican oregano.

Shredded Chicken Tacos Secret Sauce

Every recipe has that one thing that makes it really special and this Shredded Chicken Tacos recipe is no exception. In the bottom of your slow cooker, you want to add a can of diced tomatoes, chipotle peppers and some minced or chopped garlic. Then, once you add the seasoned chicken thighs, top everything off with Mexican Oregano. If you’re Crock-Pot has a heavy glass lid like mine and it doesn’t allow steam to escape, you won’t have to add any liquid. Otherwise, 1 cup of chicken broth might be necessary. The cooking time will depend on what you’re trying to accomplish. Set on low, I personally cook for 10 to 12 hours but the recommended cooking time by the manufactures is between 6 to 8. On high, the recommended time is 4 to 6 so, you decide.

De-boned slow cooked Chicken thigh meat for tacos.

De-bone the Chicken Tacos Meat

One thing I appreciate is not having to spit back out the food I’m trying to eat. Nothing more annoying to me than biting into a texture that just isn’t palatable so, there’s two things you want to get rid of after the chicken is cooked. They’re both considered one in the same, more or less, but they often separate when the meat tenderizes and that’s the thigh bone and the end cap on the bone. Then once those have been removed, feel free to fork and shred the meat.

Skillet full of Shredded Chicken Tacos meat.
Pan Fry Shredded Chicken Tacos Meat

I like to add a little more texture to the meat, in my Shredded Chicken Tacos, by pan frying the the shreds in an 8th inch of oil for about 5 minutes. Once it starts getting some color and gets a little crispy on the edges, I had a few scoops of the left over slow cooker juice. You don’t want the meat to dry out and there’s so much flavor there, it’s good to utilize and not let it go to waste.

Shredded Chicken Tacos – Slow Cooker Recipe – PMGK
Shredded Chicken Tacos Ingredients:

8 to 10 Chicken Thighs, boneless or bone in
Season with Kosher Salt & Pepper and Blackened Seasoning
1 can Diced Tomatoes
2 tbsp Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce
1 tbsp Mexican Oregano
1 pkg Corn Tortilla’s
Oil for frying, canola or vegetable

Cook on the Low setting for 10 to 12 hours in a Slow Cooker and follow the directions in the Shredded Chicken Tacos video tutorial.

Ribeye Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy.

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

A few years ago I ordered a Chicken Fried Steak from a restaurant in Gillette Wyoming that was, absolutely, out of this world. I went and re-ordered that dish several times, before I packed it in and left town, and I hadn’t had one that good since. That is until I stopped in to a little mom and pop’s diner hear in town and decided to take a stab at their version. Wow! It was delicious and it’s weighed down on my mind so heavy that I decided I better show the world how to do it your self and guarantee amazing results.

Three thinly sliced Ribeye Steaks.

Chicken Fried Steak Cut

As you may or may not know, there isn’t just one way to make Chicken Fried Steak. There are several different ways to do it. Among the most common is your basic Cube Steak or, the poor man’s version, with hamburger. In this recipe, however, I’m going to suggest using fat trimmed Ribeye steaks cut about 3/8 of inch thick. Starting out with the right cut helps to insure tenderness with a rich flavor. Then tenderizing and seasoning takes it to the next level.

Homemade Blackened seasoning with Smoked Paprika.

Seasoning a Ribeye Chicken Fried Steak

Now that we’ve learned using a Ribeye is one of the secrets to making a great Chicken Fried Steak, now we need to talk about the seasoning. In my opinion, anything beef related needs a good rub with something salty, spicy and very flavorful. Blackened seasoning has got it all but it isn’t always available in standard grocery stores. I have to make my own and I’m going to show you how to do it in the next post. So, you’re not going to want to miss that. Blackened seasoning is amazing on steaks, ribs, chicken and seafood. It’s one of those all around seasonings that’s good on just about everything and it’s especially good in this recipe. Now all you’ll need is some flour, a simple egg wash and some country gravy.

Ribeye Chicken Fried Steak Ingredients:

2 Ribeye Steaks, 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick
1 tsp Blackened Seasoing
1 cup Flour
3 eggs
1 tbsp Water, mix with eggs
3 tbsp Olive Oil

1 cup Country Gravy

Yakitori Chicken

Oven baked and skewed Yakitori Chicken Hearts, Liver and Thigh meat.

Easy Yakitori Chicken

One thing I’ve learned about Yakitori Chicken, it isn’t just Shish Kebabs you find at your local Chinese buffet. In fact, it isn’t Chinese at all, it’s Japanese. Much like Sushi, American Chinese restaurants are just adapting adding to their menu’s because of the popularity they’ve gained over the years. Truthfully, both the Sushi and Yakitori aren’t prepared very well and, are generally, “okay” at best. If you’ve decided you like or even hate these recipes from a buffet, understand that your opinion is most likely skewed and based on your lack of experience. The food hasn’t been prepared right. Therefore, most folks wouldn’t know an authentic recipe if it hit them in the face and wiggled. So, since that’s what you’re probably used to, I’m going to help you stomp out a buffet style recipe but with some more pep.

Raw Yakitori Chicken ingredients: liver, hearts and chicken thigh meat.

Traditional Yakitori Chicken

There truly is an art to Yakitori Chicken. One of my favorite things about the Japanese culture is their dedication to perfection. Even famous chefs like Gordon Ramsey are intimidated by sushi and noodle chefs and, I’d be willing to bet, Yakitori chefs are no different. Yakitori Chicken is barbecue that uses the entire bird and doesn’t leave anything to waste. Though I don’t use a whole chicken in this recipe, I’ve picked out a few things that are commonly used for it. Boneless chicken thigh meat, chicken liver and hearts. Each are prepared just a little differently.

Skewed Yakitori Chicken thighs, liver and hearts, ready for the oven.

Yakitori Chicken Skewers

I like to use disposable wooden skewers for the Yakitori Chicken, instead of metal, because they stay cool and make it easier to flip back and forth. The Chicken thighs are cut into bite size pieces and marinated. I like to use my Teriyaki Sauce recipe because it’s practically the same thing as basic Yakitori sauce. The main difference is just the quantities of each ingredient vary but this is a really great and simple alternative to make this recipes easy. I brush olive oil on the hearts and liver portions to keep them moist. There’s also a splash of liquid smoke but if you’re going to grill, you won’t need it but you should salt and pepper to taste.

Yakitori Chicken Ingredients:

4 Boneless Chicken Thighs
1 lbs Chicken Liver
1 lbs Chicken Hearts
1/3 cup Teriyaki Sauce
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke
Salt and Pepper to taste

I use Himalayan Salt and White Pepper. You’ll also need about a dozen Skewers to make this Yakitori Chicken on the Grill or baked in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.