Ranch Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

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What happens when you use Cobb Salad as your inspiration for making tacos? You create Ranch Chicken Tacos. This delightful dinner mash-up consists of chicken seasoned with dry ranch mix that is lighted sautéed and served in a tortilla topped with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, bacon, cilantro, and queso fresco and then drizzled with salsa and an avocado ranch crema. It’s a really fun twist on taco Tuesday.

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These tacos have a refreshing and tangy ranch flavor. The avocado ranch crema is an alternative to the ranch dressing on cobb salads that more fitting for a taco. While my tacos were not spicy, you could easily up the spice level by adding a hot salsa.

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This satisfying meal takes just 20 minutes to prepare, making it a perfect weeknight meal. If you want to try some different taco toppings you could add corn, black beans, or bell pepper. You could serve this as a salad bowl instead of a taco, just add more lettuce and omit the tortilla, and use the avocado ranch crema and salsa as dressing.

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Ranch Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

Yields 4

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1/2 teaspoon Dry Ranch Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 slices Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Light Sour Cream
  • 1/2 an Avocado
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cilantro
  • Queso Fresco
  • Salsa
  • Tortillas

Instructions

  1. Start by crisping up your bacon. Heat your oven to 400 degrees, place the bacon on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up, and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until crisp.
  2. While the bacon is baking, cut the chicken breasts into pieces about 1/2 inch thick and 2 inches long, and place it in a large ziplock bag. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of dry ranch dressing over the chicken. Seal the bag, and shake the chicken around to evenly distribute the ranch seasoning.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken in the skillet and let cook for 1 minute, until slightly browned, and flip the chicken over. Cook for another minute. Then cover the skillet, reduce heat to low, and let cook for another 10 minutes. Don't lift the lid on the skillet, or do anything to the chicken for 10 minutes, this is the secret to really tender and moist chicken.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the avocado crema. I used a blender, but you really don't have to. Just combine the avocado, sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon of dry ranch dressing, and the lemon juice. Mashing the avocado with a fork will do if you don't want to dirty your blender.
  5. Alright, now you have bacon, chicken, and avocado ranch crema. It's time to assemble some tacos. Warm the tortillas by tossing them in the warm oven for a minute, and then fill them with lettuce, chicken, tomato, cilantro, queso fresco, and bacon, and then drizzle the avocado ranch crema and some salsa over.
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  • These look amazing! Just when I thought I had exhausted all of my taco options. Pinning!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

    • Haha there are always new tacos to try!

  • Cindy DG

    These look amazing, your pictures are so inviting. I love tacos and I love trying new ones! This looks amazing!

  • Sherri Hall

    These tacos look amazing! I always order the ranch chicken tacos at my local taco joint so I would totally love these! Love the sound of the bacon in them too! Yum! 🙂

    • I love that your local taco joint has ranch chicken tacos – I don’t think any restaurants in Chicago serve them.

  • Tracy

    Bacon in tacos? In to it! These are absolutely gorgeous tacos and I love how adaptable they are. I could totally see myself eating these as is or as a salad like you described. They both sound delicious!

    • I need to make these again and have them in a salad bowl – I haven’t actually tried it yet!

  • Great twist on tacos and love the avocado crema! Looks delicious!!

    • Thanks!! The crema adds a little something extra!

  • We love tacos and I’m always looking for fresh ideas – this is certainly one!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner linky – and don’t forget to leave a comment – if you comment and your post is featured next week, it will also get pinned and tweeted!

  • Janet Annas Vinyard

    What a nice twist on tacos! I look forward to trying these soon! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

    • Thanks Janet! It’s such an easy recipe too!

  • These look delicious! I think my kids would love them!

    • I know I loved them 🙂 hope you kids do too!

  • My ranch-obsessed husband will love this combination of his favorite things!

  • Charlotte Burkholder

    This looks delightful. My kids love ranch on anything at our house.

    • Thanks Charlotte. I think ranch is something everyone loves!

  • Mother of 3

    This looks like my kind of taco! I don’t enjoy the traditional kind. Pinned. 🙂

    • Thank you! (Bacon and avocado make everything better, right?)

  • Charlotte Burkholder

    Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again!

  • Charlotte Burkholder

    Congrats Kit! Tomorrow you’ll be featured on Family Joy Blog link-up! Come grab our featured button!

  • Yum – these look amazing. Pinning to try. 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  • Pia @ Mama Hustle

    This looks awesome! I’m going to prep the insides, wrap some tortillas in foil, and take this as a lunch for work! I think my daughter will really enjoy it too. Thanks for sharing with the Pretty Pintastic party!

    • Such a good idea. I love a lunch I can look forward to!

  • Janet

    This sounds incredible, Kit! I’m watching carbs and using tortillas a lot and this sounds super delicious. So glad I found your blog through Maria!

    Jane at Blondiesjournals.blogspot.com

  • Looks so yummy. We love making chicken tacos. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party. Pinned & shared.

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