chicken tacos

The Pioneer Woman was one of the first bloggers that I ever started following.  She was already a Food Network star at the point that I started reading her blog, but I was amazed at how even her older posts were so good.  Her step-by-step photos were really what drew me in, and influenced me in my blog post format.

Anyway, I learned this method of cooking tacos from her website.  This is my absolute favorite way to make tacos!  The tortillas end up being almost like a hard taco, but not quite as crunchy. 
This process involves, what I would call "shallow frying."  Basically, you assemble the tacos (with the warm ingredients), then cook them in about a quarter/half inch of oil, and add the cold ingredients.

*This photo doesn't capture the heat of the oil.  It kind of looks my oil isn't hot at all, but it was!

You use your tongs to place the taco in the oil, and just rest there for a few seconds with the tongs still holding the taco.  After about 10-15 seconds, it will start to keep its shape and it will be ok to lay on the taco on its side and let it cook for a few minutes.  Once its golden brown on the underside, flip the taco over and let it cook until the other side is golden brown.  Transfer the taco to a paper towel lined plate to soak up the excess grease.

This chicken seasoning is my GO TO.  It's so easy and super flavorful.  I love it for salads, tacos, rice bowls, literally anything.  It always ends up looking like blackened chicken, and it's divine.

Chicken tacos

For Chicken

1 lb chicken breasts
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

For Tacos:
8 corn tortillas
Refried Beans
Your favorite toppings (pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, salsas, guac, etc.)

To Make Chicken:
Season the chicken using chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.  Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat, place chicken in pan when oil is hot and cook 3-4 minutes per side.  Transfer chicken to a plate and cut when it cools down a bit.

To Make Tacos:
Heat a quarter inch oil over medium-high heat.  Assemble the tacos, using 2 tbs refried beans and a few slices of chicken.  Using tongs, hold the taco by its base and place into the hot oil.  Stand the taco up for a few seconds, then lay it on its side to cook for 2-3 minutes.  Once the underside is golden brown, flip the taco over.  Once done, let the taco rest on a paper towel-lined plate.  Once it's cooled down, add all the toppings you want!