SPICY RANCH CHICKEN TACOS — Breaded popcorn chicken is tossed in a spicy, creamy Ranch sauce, then served in tortillas with lettuce, onions, and shredded cheese in this tasty taco the whole family will love.
When it comes to dinner time at my house, I can never go wrong putting tacos on the menu, and these Spicy Ranch Chicken Tacos were a huge hit with my husband and teenage boys.
We have a local restaurant that serves a fried chicken taco, and since my family loves them so much, I was inspired to try something similar at home.
I made this last night, and we enjoyed it very much. I used Tyson frozen chicken strips, and cut them into pieces after cooking. 2-3 teaspoons of Tapatio hot sauce was perfect for us. ~ Ellen
The real star of these chicken tacos is the creamy, slightly spicy, Ranch-style sauce that’s used to slather the fried chicken pieces. This is definitely one of those recipes where the condiment is the thing that makes the meal!
In fact, I strongly recommend drizzling your tacos with a generous serving of more sauce before eating. And if you’re not in the mood for tacos, the sauce would be great for dipping plain old popcorn chicken or chicken fingers.
Or as a dressing for a Southwest or taco salad!
The best part is, these tacos are so easy to make with the help of frozen popcorn chicken. Of course, you could always make fried chicken from scratch, but I hate the mess of frying food in my kitchen, so I’ll take a quick, no-mess shortcut any day of the week.
I usually buy Tyson brand popcorn chicken, but any kind will work just fine, so feel free to use your favorite, or whatever is available at your local grocery store.
We like to top our tacos with shredded lettuce, green and red onion, and pepper jack cheese for a little extra spicy kick. And of course, more of that amazing sauce.
But the sky is the limit as far as taco toppings go, so feel free to use your favorites.
If you’re looking for a super simple weeknight meal that both the kids and grown-ups will rave about, you’ve got to try these Spicy Ranch Chicken Tacos.
I hope you love them as much as we do!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Spicy Ranch Chicken Tacos
- Frozen popcorn chicken
- Flour tortillas
- Ranch dressing mix
- Hot sauce
- Chili powder
- Taco toppings: lettuce, shredded cheese, red and green onion, etc.
- 1 (24 oz.) package frozen popcorn chicken
- 1 (1 oz.) package Ranch dressing mix
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Small flour tortillas
- Optional taco toppings: shredded lettuce, diced tomato, chopped onions, shredded cheese, sour cream etc.
- Cook popcorn chicken according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, whisk together Ranch dressing mix, mayonnaise, milk, hot sauce and chili powder in a medium bowl.
- When chicken is cooked, remove from oven and place in a large bowl, toss with desired amount of sauce to coat well. Reserve remaining sauce to serve with tacos.
- Place coated chicken in to flour tortillas. Top with desired toppings and additional sauce and serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 932mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g
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