Friday, January 10, 2014

Chicken Tostadas w/Chipotle Mango Slaw

Last week I shared this photo on facebook, we love tacos or anything similar in our house. They're easy and a dish the girls are always willing to eat.

I love getting creative in the kitchen, combining new flavors and seeing what comes of them. That's exactly what happened with this particular meal. I used ingredients we had on hand and needed used up and it turned out pretty darn good. For the girls I made their portions into actual tacos and didn't include much of the slaw because it did have a little kick to it. Instead adding some of their favorite toppings likes bell peppers.

Chicken Tostadas w/Chipotle Mango Slaw

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp olive oil
chili powder
smoked paprika
salt and pepper
2 cups coleslaw mix
zest of one lime, plus juice
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped finely
3 tbsp sour cream
1 tsp honey
1 mango, peeled, pitted an cut into chunks
handful of cilantro, chopped
corn tortillas

Season chicken breasts liberally with spices, salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, cook chicken until cooked through. Cut into small cubes or shred, set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine lime zest, juice, chipotle chile, sour cream and honey. Add in coleslaw mix, mango and cilantro. Toss ingredients together to combine. Add in a pinch of salt to season.

Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook tortillas one at a time, about 2 minutes per side, just until crisp and lightly browned. Remove and immediately top with coleslaw mixture and chicken.

So any big plans this weekend? 

I spent part of my evening cleaning out and re-organizing our pantry cupboards. I wrote all contents down so I know exactly what we have on hand. We're gearing up for a spending strike in February. Have you heard of such a thing?

Essentially our family is going to try not to spend any money, outside of paying our bills, throughout the month. I'm working on our "rules" this weekend so we can prepare and everyone knows what to expect. We're not big spenders anyways so it should be fairly painless but a fun little experiment nonetheless. My main goal is to make sure we're using up items in our pantry and freezer so they don't go to waste. I'll be posting more in detail once it gets closer.

For now though, check out Michelle and Kelli's blogs for details on how they're implementing their own strikes for January.

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