Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos

These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are so full of flavor you won’t go back to boring tacos again! Topped with homemade pico de gallo and a buffalo ranch sauce makes these the ultimate for taco night.

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I’ve got something spicy on deck for this Mitten Movie Night!  These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are full of so much flavor. Soft tortillas filled with chicken, pico de gallo, cheese and finally topped with a buffalo ranch sauce that you will be putting on everything once you try it.

What beer pairs well with Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos?

The beer: Summer Love Ale from Victory Brewing Company

Can you believe that this Summer is half over?  Where did the time go?  What seems really odd is that we haven’t even been busy this summer.  So in order to celebrate the mid-summer slump let’s pair these fresh tacos with this perfect fruity compliment to the bite of the buffalo sauce and the jalapeno in the pico de gallo.

What movie pairs well with chicken tacos topped with buffalo ranch and Pico de gallo?

For tonight’s movie, I recommend ‘How It Ends’.  I am a big fan of post-apocalyptic movies and this one was right up my alley.  Check out Netflix to find this title.  So now on to these buffalo ranch chicken tacos!

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How to make Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos:

Start by cutting each chicken breast in half to thin these out a bit.  Then cover with plastic wrap and use a mallet to beat the chicken down to about 1/2″ thick.

Heat the oil in a pan then sprinkle the creole seasoning over each side of the chicken.  Place the chicken into the pan and cook each side 4-6 minutes.  Placing the seasoning on the chicken make it look almost ‘blackened‘.

Once the chicken has cooked all the way through remove from the pan and cube.

How to make an easy Pico De Gallo:

You can hand chop all the vegetables and then mix them with the lime, cilantro, and cumin or you can save so much time by using a food processor.  It does make it a little watery from the tomatoes so what I do it strain in a mesh strainer over a bowl.  Saves so much time and tastes just as delicious.

How to make Buffalo Ranch Sauce:

In a bowl combine the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.  This sauce is the key to making this chicken taco recipe the BEST!

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For the flour tortillas, I love to cook them over the open flame on my stove.  You can, of course, skip this step if you like and just cover 8 tortillas with a warm, wet paper towel and microwave for 25 seconds.

Now fill the shells with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo then drizzle with buffalo ranch sauce.

Serve with Double Batch Smashed Beans and here you are…..

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Originally published in July of 2018. Updated post in April of 2019.

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos
These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are full of flavor. Soft tortillas filled with chicken, Pico de Gallo, cheese and finally topped with buffalo ranch sauce.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Pico de gallo
Buffalo Ranch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Pico de gallo
Buffalo Ranch
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Instructions
Chicken for tacos
  1. Start by cutting each chicken breast in half to thin these out a bit. Then cover with plastic wrap and use a mallet to beat the chicken down to about 1/2" thick.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan then sprinkle the creole seasoning over each side of the chicken. Place the chicken into the pan and cook each side 4-6 minutes. Placing the seasoning on the chicken make it look almost 'blackened'.
  3. Once the chicken has cooked all the way through remove from the pan and cube.
Pico de gallo
  1. You can hand chop all the vegetables and then mix them with the lime, cilantro, and cumin or you can save so much time by using a food processor. *If you make this in the food processor: Strain in a mesh strainer over a bowl.
Buffalo Ranch
  1. In a bowl combine the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.
  2. Fill the tortilla shells with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo then drizzle with buffalo ranch sauce. Enjoy!

Toad In The Hole

The classic English dish Toad In a Hole is made with sausage, a simple bread pudding, then topped with a mustard-onion gravy. This is a perfect meal when you are looking for something a little different.

A piece of sausage and bread pudding aka Toad In a Hole cut with gravy on it ready to eat!

Welcome to Mitten Movie Night the Royal Wedding Edition! I decided to make a classic English dish for this special occasion.

I hadn’t had Toad In The Hole before I knew that it was going to be something that I would love.  Meat, onions, carbs….GRAVY!!!  Of course, I had to add some Michigan appeal to this dish by using Beer Brats made with Founder’s Dirty Bastard Craft Beer.  We eat these a lot during the Summer and they worked great in this recipe.

What beer pairs well with sausages?

The beer: Soft Parade from Short’s Brewing.

While I did do some research about favorite beers of England I felt like I would rather share a Michigan beer that I felt was fitting not only with the meal but also the name, Soft Parade from Short’s Brewing.  This beer is full of fruit flavor: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Fruit beers pair so well with dishes that aren’t exactly complex in flavor and that’s why a simple sausage dish like this is perfectly contrasted with this beer. Plus the name gets you in the mood for the ‘procession’ that the Royal Wedding will have.

See how I did that?  Wink, wink….I know it was a weak analogy but like most things, I’m going with it!

A big bowl of mustard-onion gravy.

So after going through about a million recipes, I settled on this one from Cooking Channel TV for Toad in the Hole with Mustard-Onion Gravy.

How to make Toad In a Hole:

For the base, it’s just flour, salt, eggs, and milk.  To one bowl add the flour and salt.  In another bowl add the milk and eggs then whisk to combine.  Slowly add the milk and egg mixture to the flour whisking it together to make a batter.

Simple enough but then the trick seemed to be what you do with it once the ingredients are mixed together.  Half the recipes said to just keep it out on the counter for 10-30 minutes.  The other half said that you had to keep it in the refrigerator overnight or at least a few hours to set.  What I did was make the batter in the morning and put in the refrigerator until I was ready to make this about 6 hours later.

Flour in a bowl with eggs and milk off to the side.

The other part of this recipe that was in all of them was heating up the pan you are cooking the pudding and sausages in.  About an hour before you are ready to put this on the table take the batter out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Now put the pan you plan on baking this in into the oven.  I used a metal pan because I was worried about adding the cold batter to a hot pan would break it. 

Next, brown the sausages in a pan on the stove with 1 Tbs oil.  Brown all sides which take about 8 minutes but don’t worry about cooking all the way through.  Reserve any oil in the pan for the gravy.

Carefully take the pan out of the oven then add a small bit of oil to that pan.  You can spray or add the oil then spread with a paper towel but please use caution since the pan is extremely hot. Now add the batter and top with the sausages.

Return it to the oven and cook for 45 minutes.

For the gravy use the reserved oil you left from cooking the brats and add the thinly sliced onions.  Using very low heat cook them down slowly for about 10 minutes.  To the onions add the flour and stir to coat.  Now add the beef broth, mustard.  Continue cooking down until it thickens to a gravy consistency.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Take out the Toad In The Hole from the oven.  Slice and serve topped with gravy.

And here you are……

 

Toad In a Hole in a pan with a craft beer and dish of mustard-onion gravy off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Toad In a Hole
I tried my hand at a classic English dish, Toad In The Hole. Savory sausage is baked on top of a simple bread 'pudding'. Top with an onion gravy and you have a meal fit for a King.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Mustard-Onion Gravy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Instructions
Toad In The Hole
  1. To one bowl add the flour and salt. In another bowl add the milk and eggs then whisk to combine. Slowly add the milk and egg mixture to the flour whisking it together to make a batter.
  2. Keep batter on the counter for 10-30 minutes or keep in the refrigerator up to overnight if you like.
  3. Take the batter out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put just the pan you plan on baking this in into the oven.
  4. Next brown the sausages in a pan on the stove with 1 Tbs oil. Brown all sides which takes about 8 minutes but don't worry about cooking all the way through. Reserve any oil in the pan for the gravy.
  5. Carefully take the pan out of the oven then add a small bit of oil to that pan. You can spray or add the oil then spread with a paper towel but please use caution since the pan is extremely hot. Now add the batter and top with the sausages. Return it to the oven and cook for 45 minutes.
Mustard-Onion Gravy
  1. For the gravy use the reserved oil you left from cooking the brats and add the thinly sliced onions. Using very low heat cook them down slowly for about 10 minutes.
  2. To the onions add the flour and stir to coat. Now add the beef broth, mustard. Continue cooking down until it thickens to a gravy consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Take out the Toad In The Hole from the oven. Slice and serve topped with gravy. Enjoy!

Street Corn Taquitos

A sweet chicken and corn filling is rolled up in and fried to crispy perfection.
Street Corn Taquitos make a great appetizer or dinner!

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Has this Summer been busy!  I have been doing so much around the house, we’ve been running around and I haven’t had much time to work on this little blog. Even sadder is it’s been weeks since I’ve celebrated Mitten Movie Night which is probably my favorite of all posts to do on the blog.  So let’s rectify that right now and enjoy some Michigan craft beer and these Street Corn Taquitos.

What beer pairs well with Street Corn Taquitos?

The beer:  Oval Beach Blonde from Saugatuck Brewing Company

Tonight I am pairing this dish with one of my favorite types of beer, a blonde.  This pairs perfectly with the crispy tortillas, the bursts of sweet corn in the filling and the creaminess of the mayo.

What movie pairs well with street corn themed appetizers?

In anticipation of the upcoming Eclipse I want to watch a classic from the 80’s that always freaked me out, Night of the Comet. I know it’s not an eclipse but it is space related phenomena so close enough.  Where are you planning on watching the eclipse?  The boys and I are going to our local library where they are having a watching party.  How exciting!

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For the chicken, I cooked mine in the crock pot with some salt & pepper.

How to make shredded chicken?

To shred it I wanted to try something that I saw on Pinterest and guess what, it WORKED! Use a KitchenAid mixer to shred the chicken. I cut the chicken in half, put it into the mixing bowl and turned it on high.  Less than 3 minutes later beautifully shredded chicken without the work.  Genius!

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How to make Street Corn Taquitos:

To the same bowl add the rest of the ingredients for the filling: mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, corn, cilantro, cheese, and spices.  Stir to combine.

Add enough oil to the bottom of the pan that it will fry these up around 1/2 cup.  While the oil heats upstart assembling the taquitos.  Place the filling along the longest end, not too much that it spills out.  Roll it up.

Once the oil is heated up place the tortilla in seam side down.  Fry for 2 minutes, then flip.

Fry for another 2 minutes then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

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Work the taquitos in batches of 2-3 depending on the size of your frying pan.  Don’t overcrowd or they won’t fry properly. 

Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and lettuce.

And here you are….

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Street Corn Taquitos
Sweet corn, shredded chicken and a creamy filling wrapped in a corn tortilla then fried to a crispy golden brown. Street Corn Taquitos make the perfect appetizer or even a main dish.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cook the chicken breast then shred it to make small pieces. (Try the KitchenAid mixer!)
  2. To a bowl with the chicken in it add the rest of the ingredients for the filling: mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, corn, cilantro, cheese and spices. Stir to combine.
  3. Add enough oil to the bottom of the pan that it will fry these up around 1/2 cup. While the oil heats up start assembling the taquitos.
  4. Place the filling along the longest end, not too much that it spills out. Roll the it up.
  5. Once the oil is heated up place the tortilla in seam side down. Fry for 2 minutes, then flip. Fry for another 2 minutes then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  6. Work the taquitos in batches of 2-3 depending on the size of your frying pan.
  7. Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes and lettuce. Enjoy!

Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich

This Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich is BIG on flavor! Crunchy bun, sliced turkey, creamy Swiss cheese, sweet dressing, and crunchy coleslaw.  This will easily become your go-to sandwich!

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I call this the ‘deli counter’ sandwich since I get most of the ingredients from saying ‘Can I have a 1/4 pound of this..’ at the deli counter because like the beer being mine, I am just making this sandwich for myself.  Mine, mine, mine!  The fellas in my house don’t have the affinity I do for a good sandwich.  No worries, more for me.

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What movie pairs well with a sandwich and craft beer?

For entertainment, we are watching ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil‘.  I was on the fence about seeing this in theaters choosing to wait for DVD.  If you are looking to hit theaters might I suggest checking out ‘Fist Fight‘, that movie was AWESOME!  Now on to the food!

What beer pairs well with a Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich?

The beer: Bliss Wheat from Arbor Brewing Company.

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night hubby picked this 6-pack from a great store in St. Joseph, MI called The Liquor Cabinet.  When looking to get lost in rows and rows of craft beer I suggest you go and take a visit if you’re in the area.

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This amount made for a big sandwich with lots of flavors. If you’re making one sandwich (like me) get 1/4 sliced turkey then order the smallest bowl of coleslaw (around 1/4 pound).

The deli at my local store has homemade rolls that are amazing so I hope you do too, grab one!  I use them to make my Portobello Mushroom Burger.  Right by the counter, you can get small bricks of cheese, so pick one of those up too.  I used Hickory Farms Creamy Swiss Blend.

I was lucky enough to have the dressing so that was taken care of.

How to make a Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich:

Take a baking sheet then cut the bun in half, apply butter and place face down.  Put 1/4 turkey on a sheet with the bun then add shredded cheese on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

After all done assemble bun, turkey with the melted cheese, coleslaw and drizzle with dressing.

And here you are…..

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Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich
Crispy bun with warm turkey and melted Swiss cheese. Topped with crunchy coleslaw then drizzled with sweet Catalina dressing. The perfect 'one person' sandwich.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take a baking sheet then cut the bun in half, apply butter and place face down. Put 1/4 turkey on sheet with the bun then add shredded cheese on top.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  3. After all done assemble bun, turkey with the melted cheese, coleslaw and drizzle with dressing. Enjoy!

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