Gluten-Free Tacos

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Figuring out dinner during a busy work week can be downright stressful. And let’s be honest, most of the time, when we are not sure what we are going to make, we end up turning to take out or delivery.  We convince ourselves that ordering out will take less time, effort, and be just as nutritionally sound as the meal we would make at home.  Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but each of the previously listed thoughts prove incorrect most of the time.

Think you’re saving so much time ordering out?  Unless it’s Dominoes, and they’ve guaranteed your order in a number of minutes, delivery requires time to cook your meal, package your meal, and get it to your door.  It can easily take over an hour before it’s held in your hot little hands.  Meanwhile, in that same amount of time, you could have cooked this meal, savored every bite, and still had time to clean up the dishes.

As far as effort goes…I get it, after a long day at work, the last thing you want to be doing is spending more time on your feet, let alone over a hot stove.  When I get home, the sooner I make my way to Netflix, the better.  Still, with a meal like this one, we are talking an extra 20 minutes before you’re on your couch catching up with Princess Margaret in The Crown.

Finally, I don’t care how healthy or clean-eating a restaurant claims to be – at the end of the day, they have to sell tasty food in order to make a profit – that usually means added salt or fat.  Also, should you be like me and have food allergies or sensitivities, there is simply no guarantee that the restaurant you’re ordering from is taking as good of care keeping those ingredients out of your dish as you would.

Throwing in one extra bonus round for you – continuously ordering out is expensive!  It adds up super quick, and in my mind, I’d much rather save that money for when I’m out to dinner with friends or family.  In that scenario, I’m paying for more than just a meal, I’m paying for a total experience.

What’s the good news after all of this?  I give to you my Gluten-Free Tacos!  They are quick, they are easy, they are TASTY!

What You’ll Need – 

3lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Tsp Chili Powder

2 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Onion Powder

1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder

2 Tbsp Avocado Oil

Your favorite taco toppings – I went with Red Onion, Avocado, Tomatoes, Salsa Verde, and Paleo Ranch (recipe from Urban Poser)

Your favorite gluten free tortillas – personally mine are the almond or cassava flour tortillas from Siete, but in a pinch, corn tortillas will do.

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I get mine from Trader Joes!

Step one: Cut up your chicken thighs into smaller pieces.

Step two: Gather your seasonings

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Step 3: Add the seasonings to your chicken.  Give it a good toss with your hands to get the pieces evenly coated.

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Step 4: Add the Avocado Oil to a large skillet and bring it up to heat.  If you don’t have Avocado Oil, any preferred, natural oil will do.  I simply enjoy using Avocado Oil in this dish because a) it’s a little lighter than olive oil, but not as sweet as coconut, and b) it’s already a flavor found within the dish, so it’s not at all distracting.

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I stocked up on mine at Costco!  Hooray Costco!!!

Step 5: Add your chicken to the hot oil and let cook through.  Depending on the size of your pieces, it should take about 8-12 minutes.

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Step 6: While your chicken cooks, prepare the toppings.  I like to dice the red onion, tomatoes, and avocado.  Then the sauces, I can happily drizzle on top!

Step 7: I highly recommend warming up your tortillas just before plating.  It can be as simple as popping them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, but you can also warm them over the stove or in the oven.

Step 8: Plate and enjoy!

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