Chicken Tacos with Leftover Chicken Taquitos

One of the hardest adjusts when living with someone is learning to cook for two. I grew up in a family of 4, so most of my mom’s recipes serve at least 4. It took a good 1-2 years of living with Travis to learn how much food to make for dinner without having a huge amount of leftovers. 

One type of food that I have yet to master the amount: crockpot meals. Last weekend we made delicious cool ranch crockpot chicken tacos, but had so much leftover chicken! So tonight, we used that leftover chicken to make taquitos. Both of these recipes are pretty healthy (It all depends on how you serve your tacos/taquitos), and the second one used ingredients I already had at the house! 

Cool Ranch Chicken Tacos

-4 chicken breast

-1 packet taco seasoning

-1 packet ranch dressing

-14 oz chicken broth

Put all ingredients in a crockpot. Cook on low for 5 hours. Shred chicken before serving. Voila! Easiest recipe ever!


As you can see, we put salsa and cheese on top of our tacos and served in the white corn crunchy taco shells (only 35 calories per shell) with a side of brown rice and veggies. So good but so much leftover chicken!! 4 chicken breasts shredded is way too much for two people, so I came up with this recipe (and by “coming up” with a recipe, I mean took 2 recipes and combined them). We did lighten up this recipe (I’ll make sure to make note of the healthier changes we made).

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

-2ish cups of shredded chicken

-6 slices bacon (we used turkey bacon, make sure it is CRISPY)

-1 package cream cheese (we used low fat)

-8 flour tortillas (Travis filled our taquitos nice and full and only made 7)

Chop bacon. Mix chicken, bacon, and cream cheese together. Put a few tablespoons of filling on a tortilla. Roll tortilla and place wrapped side down on a greased baking pan. Repeat until all tortillas are filled. Spray top of taquitos with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (The original recipe called to fry them in oil, but I thought baking would be healthier and much less messy). 


Yum-o. We served ours with a copycat Chipotle guacamole recipe found here and some salsa. 

Do you have any good leftover recipes? I would love to hear them!


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