These Shredded Chicken Tacos are paired with goat cheese and a balsamic strawberry salsa for a quick and easy meal that is healthy, unique and delicious!
Waking up on Valentine’s Day and spending ALL morning in line to pick up a card at Hallmark.
I mean, I know you couldn’t possibly have forgotten such an important day, you’re just being fashionable late amIright?
But, STILL, the line.
AND THEN, you have to spend ALL day getting your hair and makeup did, and making sure that LBD (little black dress if you weren’t aware) looks PERFECT.
Which COULD involve having to put on Spanx. GAH.
SO. MUCH. UNCOMFORT for one day.
Now that you have that HORRIFICLY TERRIBLY BAD (+ insert any other synonyms for “DO NOT WANT” that you can think of) day in your head, picture this:
Wake up, and avoid the line BECAUSE you are doing this Valentines DAY, home-grown style.
You’re channeling your inner Martha Stewart and making that card with your HANDS. <– WHOA.
AND, you’re rocking your Pajama pants ALLLL night long because you’re making a romantic dinner AT HOME. <– WHOA, the sequel.
Now, doesn’t that sound like the better option? Yes. Yes it does.
IF that doesn’t have you convinced, let me tell you WHAT you will be shoveling into your mouth all evening.
Shredded Chicken Tacos. Topped with some sweet strawberry fruit salsa and balsamic reduction. Because strawberries and balsamic? CANNOT GET ENOUGH. Gonna eat these tacos or a strawberry balsamic paleo cauliflower rice ground turkey skillet on REPEAT.
BUT, the lovey-dovey-NUMMY fest does not end there. The above mentioned goodness takes a little visit to texture-town with some creamy goat cheese and crunchy, roasty-toast pistachios.
All of that goodness does a little dance, doesn’t make a little love (because that’s weird) and does get down tonight up inside a big taco hug.
And hugs, my friends, can be pretty darn romantic.
Especially when there are strawberries involved. And eating.
Eating is always romantic.
Unless it’s sloppy joes.
Or Spicy Tuna Rolls.
Sidenote: My first date EVER was to eat sushi. And it was also the first time that I had ever eaten sushi in my LIFE. Which means that, yes, I did try to bite it in half so that I wouldn’t have to spend my first date with a face full of food.
Yes, unattractive things happened.
No, I won’t tell you if there was a second date.
But, that is neither here nor there.
I have all kinds of arguments for why these tacos bursting with LURVE should be your V-Day dinner, but most of them are just really creepy.
So, Imma just keep them to myself and let you use your creative little noggins.
But, don’t blame me if all your thinking capabilities cease to exist once your face has a fling with a strawberry taco.
Sidenote: was the “taco fling” thing weird?
Don’t care. There’s tacos to eat.
- 1/2 pound Chicken Breast
- pinch of Salt and Pepper
For the Balsamic Sauce:
- 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 3 tablespoons Honey
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Chicken Broth
For the Strawberry Salsa:
- 1 cup Strawberries Finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Basil Minced
- 3 tablespoons Red Onion Minced
- pinch of Salt and Pepper
To Assemble the Tacos:
- 2 Whole Wheat Tortillas
- 2 tablespoons Roasted Pistachios Chopped
- 1/4 cup Goat Cheese Crumbled
- Preheat your oven to 375°F and spray a small baking dish with cooking spray. Place the chicken into the dish and season with salt and pepper. Set side.
- In a large sauce pan, bring the Balsamic Vinegar, honey, oil and chicken broth to a boil on high heat. Boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and reduced by half. Pour over the chicken and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
- Once cooked, turn your broiler on to HIGH and adjust your oven rack to the 2nd tier from the top. Broil the chicken until the sauce begins to caramelize, about 3-4 mins. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it cool until you can handle it to shred.
- While the chicken cools, combined the strawberries, basil and red onion a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Once the chicken is cool, place it onto a cutting board and shred it with two forks. Then, transfer it back into a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of the balsamic sauce that it cooked in.
- Divide the chicken and strawberry salsa between the two tortillas and then top with pistachios, goat cheese and the remaining balsamic sauce.
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