In a shocking development, despite having a houseful, we almost always have some leftovers. They come in handy for lunches the next day. We also have a huge list of dinner we remake these leftovers into. One of the kids favorites is our leftover chicken and rice tacos. They’re delicious and so easy to make!
-1 green pepper
-1 TBSP crushed garlic
-1 (4oz) can of sliced mushrooms
-1 (29oz) can of corn
– About 2 cups of leftover rice
-About 3 cups of leftover chicken
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. flour
5 Tbsp. dark chili powder
1 TBSP. garlic salt
2 cups chicken stock
-hard taco shells
How to Make Them
1. Dice the peppers, onions and mushrooms into small pieces. You can leave these bigger if you aren’t trying to hide them from your children(or your 19 year old sister!) but we prefer them to be pretty small in there.
2. Put those veggies into a decent sized pan with the garlic and a splash of vegetable oil and begin to cook those down.
3. As the vegetables are cooking, start your sauce! In a pan put the vegetable oil, flour, dark chili powder and garlic salt. Heat until warm and gently whisk in the chicken stock, being careful to whisk out any chunks that may form. Turn the sauce to low and allow to cook on it’s own about ten minutes to thicken. *When this meal is just for our family, we tend to also add a little bit of red pepper flakes for spice.*
4. While the veggies and sauce cook, cut up your leftover chicken into diced squares. Add to the vegetables and continue to cook/warm the chicken.
5. After the sauce has reached your preferred thickness, add the sauce, the corn and rice to the larger pan the chicken and vegetables are cooking in. I personally allow these to all melt together for about another 10/15 minutes.
(OPTIONAL) While those are cooking and the flavors are all coming together, I cut up the lettuce and tomatoes we put on tacos and set up the sour cream and shells on the table. Or if you’re not adding all those, I also like to finish the dishes I’ve created thus far so I have less at the end of the night…mom status.
6. Serve on taco shells, wraps, or alone! And enjoy.
An easy to make meal that sits great and can be reused the next day. We have also put this on top of macaroni or spaghetti and it’s taco spaghetti!