Chicken Club Tacos Replicating Chili’s at Home

I love Chili’s Chicken Club Tacos, reminds me a bit of home, Southwest appeal. When I was pregnant I loved them because they had just the right amount of spice to feed my spicy craving without giving me heart burn. You’re thinking spice in Chicken Club Tacos. Yes, a combination of adobo sauce mixture, and the taco seasoning in the chicken.

I was really, craving something like that instead of just a regular old beef taco. Sometimes you just need something different, but the same. Get my drift.  I was browsing the internet, You can find just about anything on the internet, lo and behold a copy cat recipe for the Chili’s Chicken Club Taco. It is super easy, and delicious. Probably costs less than what you spend when you go to Chili’s.

It’s also one of those meals you can prepare ahead and eat say for lunch at work or just to have when you are not in the mood to cook at all. Cooked chicken can be frozen, just a huge hint there.

Chicken Tacos Recipe

Take your chicken breasts and use the taco seasoning as a dry rub on them.

Chicken 2


The copycat recipe on the website, calls for George Foreman indoor grill. Which, I don’t have. I settled for sauteing them in a small fry pan with little olive oil.  Use your George Foreman if you have one, I’m sure it has much better results.

Make sure you cook that chicken all the way through, It’s okay if you have to cut through to see the inside during cooking. This chicken is going to get chopped up in slices anyway.

Preparing your Yummy Sauce: You will be saying Yummy when this sauce is on your taco.



take 2 tbsp. Adobo sauce (just the sauce, not the peppers, we aren’t trying to give anyone a heart attack) you can add more per your taste appeal. 1 1/2 tbsp. was enough for us.

Sauce 2


And mix. Put in a small bowl with a spoon so you can put it on the tacos

Prep all your other ingredients, Chop the Tomatoes, Cut up your lettuce (Use a fresh head of lettuce, so much cheaper, and you can get multi uses out of the head) . I placed everything in bowls on the table.

Chicken rubbed


While the chicken is cooking, I was also prepping squash…Check next Post out if you are interested in Pureeing Squash.




What did I say put the sauce on the Taco!

Taco 2


I had 3, Don’t forget to warm up your tortilla shells for the best results.  I  would suggest putting any extra sauce in a canister in your fridge for later Yumminess.

If you anti-carbs why not try it on a salad. Probably would taste great too.



Honey and Garlic Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Easy Peasy Recipe!

I took about 12 chicken thighs, put them in a pot.

Cover them with

2./3 cup of honey

3/4 Cup Heinz Chili Sauce

1 cup Soy Sauce

Several TBS of Minced Garlic


Cook in a slow cooker on high for 6 hours.


In an Oven in a large enough pot that the chicken is in one layer.  at 325 degrees for 3-4 hours.  cover with foil, making sure to crinkle at sides, so no steam escapes. Don’t open for at least 2 hours after beginning cooking.


Serve over rice


Things my daughter said as I was breading chicken

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So as you saw my little helper, my 2 1/2 year old daughter was helping me yesterday. More or less spreading flour around. Which she called making “sand castles”. Don’t ask me where she got that from.

Now when you are breading chicken, what comes to mind? Sticky, flour encrusted hands, that everything you touch afterwards is covered in a nasty filmy flour.

Does Sand castles seem a little odd? I guess it can seem like your playing in “sand.”

Then she proceeded to point at the chicken pieces and call them fish. I pointed out that they were chicken, but she said no it’s fish. Laughing all the while.

A day-old chick

A day-old chick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A hot fish sandwich from Bolton's Spicy Chicke...

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Leave it to my daughter to make breading chicken an interesting experience.

I would say it is an experience, quite an experience, attempting to do anything in the kitchen with a toddler.  She makes things interesting, Why this, why that?  What you doing mommy…. A constant thing I hear every day.

So trying to get down to her level and explain things, well you get sand castles and fish.

Have a great weekend!


Fried Chicken 1st time since we married

So I was sitting looking at recipes last night when I thought of chicken. Fried Chicken. Something I haven’t had  in a long time.  Since living overseas we don’t find this meal often.

I realized I had not made this for my husband since we got married. I learned to “perfect” it in culinary school.

Of course I didn’t cut up my own chicken. The one thing I know about making your own fried chicken is that it’s a lot of work and time consuming. Adding a fresh chicken would to me would be a real pain.

Also there are so many ways to prep fried chicken. Brining, Dry Rubs, Marinating, soak in buttermilk to name a few.

Also the spices you put in the flour can vary depending on what your preference is.

Amounts of items will vary depending on how much chicken is being fried.

So I did this:

  • 3 cups Flour Contained: Salt, Paprika, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Poultry Seasoning
  • I had soaked the chicken pieces in Buttermilk for 20-30 minutes before dredging.
  • Egg Wash: 3 eggs and about 3 tbsp. water
  • Frying Oil


Flour and Spices

Flour and Spices, Mix together before dredging

Egg wash

Egg and water is egg wash

Chicken Buttermilk

Chicken Soaking in Buttermilk

My Little Station. My daughter wanted to assist.

My Little Station. My daughter wanted to assist.

Coat the meat in flour, shake it excess, dip in egg wash, put it back in the flour and shake off excess.

Coat the meat in flour, shake it excess, dip in egg wash, put it back in the flour and shake off excess.

Place on a rack until ready to fry

Place on a rack until ready to fry

Once you get all of the chicken breaded. Prepare your fryer or skillet. I suggest if you are cooking it in a cast iron skillet, to keep it on medium high. Cast Iron is a head conductor, it gets very hot and stays hot. Use Fresh cooking oil for best results.

Cook time varies on size of chicken  and your stove  I did the thighs for 7-8 minutes on each side.

Cook time varies on size of chicken and your stove I did the thighs for 7-8 minutes on each side.

If the oil is not hot enough your chicken will look like its soaked in oil.

If the oil is not hot enough your chicken will look like its soaked in oil.

Chicken legs about the same time

Chicken legs about the same time

This is how I did my fried chicken. I will post my mashed potatoes in the next post. Thanks for reading!