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Cheap and Easy: Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Two things you should know about me: 1) I’m a single mom, and 2) I’m broke. This means that most of the meals I make are cheap and quick. Throw in a diabetic teenager and a picky 4th grader and you’ll have a better idea of the challenges I face in the kitchen. But one meal that has always gone over well with everyone is lime chicken soft tacos.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks/cubes
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Half of a lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cloves garlic, minced (I use the little jars of minced garlic)
  • Tortillas (about 8, warmed if preferred)
  • Shredded cheese (we use Monterey Jack or mozzarella)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream

These are so easy to make. Just sauté the cut-up chicken in a pan for about 20 minutes over medium heat. Add the vinegar and squeeze in the juice from the lime. Depending on the size of the lime and your own taste preferences, you can use just half of one or the whole thing. I always roll and squeeze the lime to get more juice out of it too. Now toss in the salt and pepper, the sugar, and the oregano, garlic, and green onions. Simmer it all for another 10 minutes.

That’s all there is to it! Heat up some tortilla shells, scoop the lime chicken mixture into the shells, and add your toppings. (I usually skip the salsa.) Feel free to tinker with the ingredients a bit. For example, I love the lime flavor so I’ll use a bit more than just half of the lime. If you’re a big fan of garlic, add a little extra.

If you end up with leftovers, reheat the lime chicken and add it to some cooked rice. Or use the lime chicken, some rice, and some black beans as fillings for big restaurant-style burritos instead of tacos.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Yeah, trust me, it is. And so yummy too!

By April

If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had some ice cream.

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