Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Tacos and My Odd Relationship With Cookbooks

I love cookbooks. Reading them, looking through them even just browsing the shelves in bookstores and libraries and being amazed at the vast array of what is available out there. But one thing I very rarely do is follow recipes totally as directed in any book. I always tweak and put my own spin on everything.
The exception to this is baking. You have to follow recipes when baking as I can attest to after a birthday cake disaster which I still have not lived down (John it’s time to get over it).
I recently had the good fortune to win a book over at The Weekend Gourmet, please go over and check out Wendy’s site she always has something new cooking. The book in question was 300 Best Taco Recipes.
Looking through the book the book there are lots of good ideas for taco fillings and tips on preparing tacos. I enjoyed it and actually was having trouble choosing a recipe I was going to prepare. Then I came across Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Crumbled Blue Cheese. Now Buffalo Wings are one of my favorite bar foods and I figured this was worth a try. Reading through the recipe I actually figured I would modify it very little.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos
Based on a recipe in 300 Best Taco Recipes by Kelley Cleary Coffeen
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Cups Shredded Roasted Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Hot Sauce (This is directly from the book you will probably want to modify this to taste)
  • 8  6 inch Corn Tortillas (Warmed on A Skillet)
  • 2 Cups Of Chopped Romaine Lettuce (I added a little red cabbage just for color)
  • 8 oz blue cheese
  • Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and A Little More Hot Sauce To Garnish (optional)
In a large pan sauté chicken and add in hot sauce till warmed through. Assemble by dividing  mixture between the warmed tacos add salad and fold in half. Serve on a plate.
I decided the salad was a little dry and added a few small pools of creamy blue cheese dressing on the plate then carefully dropped some hot sauce into it and pulled through it with a toothpick.
I just noticed you can’t see any of the blue cheese crumbles in this shot and I am try to think if I missed the on this plate but the one I ate certainly had them and this is a really delicious dish I would recommend trying it.

I realized after posting this that bottle of sauce got a bit of a starring roll. You can of course use any hot sauce of your choice this just happens to be what I had on hand

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