Stewed Chicken and Mushroom Soft Tacos

For last night’s soft tacos, I wanted to do chicken, but didn’t just want a whole bunch of chicken dumped on lettuce and tomato. That’s nice and all, but I wanted a few other flavours and veggies to give the flavour and texture an extra boost. I’m a big fan of chicken and mushrooms as a combination. Whether it’s pan-roasted mushrooms on a chicken burger or making a mushroom gravy to top a good roast chicken, I could eat that endlessly.

Like I’ve talked about before, I always caramelize my onions before anything to add flavour to any dish. The same applies for mushrooms. I always give them a good pan-roasting to add a deeper, more concentrated flavour. Along with a nice taco seasoning, the extra flavours from caramelized onions and pan-roasted mushrooms add extra flair to any taco night…even if it isn’t Tuesday, like the hashtag tells me when to make tacos 😉

….and speaking of hashtags, feel free to follow my sometimes odd hashtags on Instagram and Twitter. Or, you know, Facebook too, but I don’t hashtag there, I’m old school that way 😉

Stewed Chicken and Mushroom Soft Tacos

200g/7 oz chicken breast, cooked (I usually have a grilled or roasted chicken breast around)

1 tsp oil

2 tsp butter

100g/4 oz mushrooms, quartered

1 medium onion, peeled, chopped and caramelized in 1 tsp oil, 1/2 tsp salt for 20-25 minutes until deeply golden brown)

1 small sweet red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 fresh red chilli (or 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes), finely chopped

Reserved seed and pulp from 4 medium tomatoes, about 1/3 cup in volume (a great place to put tomato pulp if you made Pickled Pico de Gallo)

1 tbsp taco seasoning (I simply blend 2 tbsp chili powder, 2 tbsp garlic powder, 2 tbsp dried oregano, 2 tbsp sweet paprika, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground celery seed and use this. There’ll be leftover for other uses. Or just use your own taco seasoning)

1/3 cup water

8 flatbreads or tortillas (about 15cm/6″ in diameter)

Pickled Pico de Gallo (or your favourite salsa), butter lettuce and sour cream, to serve

   In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add the oil and butter. When it’s hot and bubbly, add the quartered mushrooms in a single layer (you may need to do this in batches). Leave the mushrooms to brown on one side for about a minute or two. Turn them and brown on the other cut side of the quartered mushrooms. When all the mushrooms are well-browned, add the chicken, bell peppers, and chillis. Sauté to soften the peppers slightly (about 3-4 minutes). Add the taco seasoning and dry roast the spices on the chicken, mushroom and vegetable mixture for a minute. Add the tomato pulp and water. Reduce heat to medium, stirring to combine and simmer for 8-10 minutes until most of the water has reduced and the mixture is very thick.

To serve:

   Spread the bottom of each flatbread with a bit of sour cream, add a few leaves of butter lettuce, a few spoons of Pickled Pico de Gallo and a few spoons of the prepared Stewed Chicken and Mushrooms. Serves 3-4.

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10 comments

  1. jignatailor · March 5, 2015

    This looks absolutely delish – I love mushrooms!

    • tripleheartbeat · March 5, 2015

      Thanks! Mushrooms are so good with chicken, but could stand on their own in this taco! 🙂

      • jignatailor · March 5, 2015

        Oh deffo, mushrooms are so versatile..I love them in a risotto with truffle, stuffed, fried, basically any way possible as long as it ends up in my mouth =P

      • tripleheartbeat · March 5, 2015

        LOL. Agree! I gotta put up a recipe for stuffed mushrooms. I love ’em! 😀

  2. Wisket of Gem · March 18, 2015

    So yummy!!!! Im hungry right now! Lol

    • tripleheartbeat · March 18, 2015

      It’s very good. And quick to put together so it’s almost instant yum! 😉

      • Wisket of Gem · March 18, 2015

        Yeah i noticed! Will try! Thanks very much!

      • tripleheartbeat · March 18, 2015

        You’re welcome! Enjoy! 🙂

      • Wisket of Gem · March 18, 2015

        You have very cool posts! Very informative in a way viewers get hooked to your blog! Kuddos!

      • tripleheartbeat · March 18, 2015

        Thank you so much! I try to be as clear as I can with what I blog about and try to be somewhat entertaining with it lol

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