Chicken Tacos with California Prunes Salsa

As picky little kids who’d only eat our beloved PB&J sandwiches, you’d probably be surprised to know that when asked where we’d like to go to eat for our birthday dinner that we’d pick a Mexican restaurant—spices and all. We’d always order a taco salad and just loved it. So now, as girls who love the rich spices in all ethnic foods, we’re not surprised that by the time we got to college and were cooking our own meals, that one of our favorite go-tos were chicken tacos. They were easy to make, delicious and healthy and at least once a week we’d meet one of our best friends to make them with her (although we loved them so much we would have eaten them nightly!)

In fact, our love for tacos, inspired these scrumptious, waist-line friendly numbers!:

Gluten-Free Tilapia Tacos with Zucchini Tortillas

Mediterranean Fish Tacos

Avocado & Lentil Vegan Tacos

Spicy Tuna Tacos

Salmon Tacos

And now, our taco love affair has inspired a new yum-ster. And we’re especially excited about these because you can make them from scratch, or have the ingredients pre-portioned and ready to cook right at your house!

 

California Prunes are the sweetest and juiciest prunes out there, making them the best way to beat a sugar craving! Plus, they’re packed with these health benefits:

  • A serving of four to five dried plums packs 3 full grams of fiber. About half of that is soluble fiber, which helps improve satiety, lower cholesterol, and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Research shows that eating 5-6 prunes a day may help support healthy bones and help maintain good digestive health.
  • Prunes are loaded with polyphenols, antioxidants that support your immune system, heart and eye health, memory, and more.
  • California Prune growers provide the highest quality prunes in the world.
  • A serving has just 100 calories and no fat, sodium, or cholesterol.

 

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    This twist on classic chicken tacos explodes with sweet and savory flavors! Chili powder and cumin add a savory warmth to the baked chicken breasts, while California prunes add sweetness to an easy, fresh salsa. The combination of spiced chicken, sweet prunes, fresh tomatoes and cilantro, and zing from lime juice all wrapped up in a tortilla creates a fiesta with every bite! The refried black beans also got a healthy upgrade: we cut back on the fat while bumping up the flavor with spices, fresh cilantro and lime juice for a flavorful side dish that’s low in fat and high in protein and fiber. This dinner is hearty and filling, yet light enough to feel good about serving any night of the week.
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    Recipe type: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Serves: 2 servings
    Ingredients
    • 1 Roasted poblano
    • 3.5 oz Black beans
    • 1 Roma tomato
    • 2oz California prunes
    • 2 Shallots
    • ¼ oz Fresh cilantro
    • 1 Lime
    • 2 Chicken breasts (4oz)
    • 2 tsp Cumin spice blend (equal parts cumin & chili powder)
    • 2 oz Roasted corn
    • 4 Corn tortillas
    Instructions
    1. STEP ONE
    2. Preheat the oven to 350°.
    3. Line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.
    4. Thinly slice the poblano and set aside.
    5. Drain and rinse the black beans.
    6. Cut the prunes into ¼-inch pieces. Place the prunes in a small bowl.
    7. STEP TWO
    8. Cut the tomato and shallots into ¼-inch pieces. Add HALF of tomato and shallots to the bowl with the prunes; reserve the remaining shallot for step 4 and tomatoes for step 5.
    9. Remove and discard the stems from cilantro, rough chop leaves and add only HALF to the bowl.
    10. Cut the lime in half. Squeeze HALF the lime into the small bowl. Add ¼ teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper. Toss well and set aside. Set aside remaining lime for step 5.
    11. STEP 3
    12. Pat dry chicken with paper towels. Add to a medium bowl. Add ONLY 1 teaspoon cumin spice blend, ½ teaspoon olive oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss well and place the chicken on the prepared sheet pan.
    13. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until cooked through.
    14. Heat a small nonstick sauté pan, over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray, add the poblano and roasted corn and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes until warmed through. Set aside for plating
    15. STEP 4
    16. Heat a medium nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the tortillas one at a time and heat for 1 minute on each side. Set aside and keep warm for plating.
    17. In the same pan over medium-high heat, spray lightly with olive oil in a spray bottle. When hot, add remaining shallot and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until softened.
    18. STEP 5
    19. Add the drained black beans and remaining cumin spice blend. Cook for an additional 1 minute.
    20. Reduce heat to medium-low, add 2 tablespoons of water and lightly mash beans with a fork. Cook until the water has been evaporated then add remaining chopped tomato. Add remaining cilantro, juice from the remaining lime, to the beans. Stir to combine, season to taste, and keep warm for serving.
    21. STEP 6
    22. Cut the chicken into ¼-inch pieces.
    23. Place two tortillas each on two plates.
    24. Divide the chicken and poblano and corn mixture between the tortillas.
    25. Top with the prune salsa and serve the tacos with refried beans on the side.
    26. Enjoy!
    Nutrition Information
    Serving size: 2 tacos Calories: 430 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 63 Sugar: 8 Sodium: 450 mg Fiber: 11 Protein: 34

Chicken Tacos with California Prune Salsa | The Nutrition Twins

We are honored to have partnered with Chef’d and California prunes to create these meals!

Kale Chicken Burrito Bowl

This hottie reminds us of the good ‘ole days… 🙂 . When we were in our junior and senior years of college and living in an apartment and no longer in the college dorms, we used to have so much fun making dinner. Every night we made something together that was fairly fast and easy—and of course, since we were studying to be registered dietitians, it was healthy too! 🙂 We loved what we called our “Open-faced Burrito”, which was all of the ingredients of a burrito, not rolled into a burrito! It was absolutely delish, and even to this day when we think about it, it makes us smile (and it makes our mouths water!). So now that variations on “bowls” and everything from rice bowls to chicken bowls are all the rage, it reminds us of our Open-faced burritos. So we made this Kale Chicken Burrito Bowl as a throwback to our beloved Open-faced Burrito (which inspired this Skinny Burrito Bowl and this Burrito Bowl.

Kale Chicken Burrito Bowl from The Nutrition Twins

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When it comes to dinner, we always want something satisfying after a long day of work, something that tastes absolutely amazing, and something that’s got a TON of nutrients.

This Kale Chicken Burrito Bowl’s got it all!

Kale Chicken Burrito Bowl from The Nutrition Twins

But above all things, it tastes incredible!

Here’s what makes this bowl SO great:

  • Kale | a nutrient powerhouse high in Vitamin, A, C, manganese, copper and a slew of other amazing vitamins and minerals.
  • Chicken | a lean protein source that will help you stay satisfied and full longer in addition to aiding in muscle and tissue repair.
  • Brown rice | fiber-rich; it also helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.
  • Avocado | this fruit (yep, it’s a fruit) is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, potassium, and fiber (to keep you full!)–and we’ve never been girls to tell a lie–and truth be told, it’s creamy deliciousness makes us drool! 😉

 

Kale Chicken Burrito Bowl from The Nutrition TwinsKale Chicken Burrito Bowl

This yumster makes 4 servings. So, if you have 4 people to feed you’re all set! Otherwise, you can package up the leftover ingredients and enjoy it later in the week!

Makes 4 bowls

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts (about 10 oz of chicken total)
  • 1 Tbsp dried chives
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • about 4 loosely packed cups (1 bunch) Tuscan or curly kale, ribs removed and chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, divided
  • 1 Tbsp evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 avocado, sliced into big chunks
  • Garnish: chopped cherry tomatoes, hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Chicken:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place the chicken breasts in a glass-baking dish and fill the dish with about an inch of water. The water should just cover the bottom of the baking dish and not cover the chicken completely.  Sprinkle the chicken breast with chives, chipotle, smoked paprika, and salt.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. When the chicken is thoroughly cooked.  Shred the chicken with the juices and cooking water using two forks and mix it all together and set aside in a separate dish.
  2. Rice:  Place 2 cups of water with rice in a large pot.  Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until all water is drained.  Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
  3. Kale:  Whisk together 1/4 cup lime juice, olive oil, jalapeño, cumin and salt.  Toss the kale with the lime dressing in a large bowl.
  4. Avocado: Combine the remaining lime juice with the avocado in a food processor. Process until smooth.
  5. To serve, spoon a ¼ of the rice, a ¼ of the chicken, and a ¼ of the kale into a bowl. Top with ¼ of the avocado and a few quartered cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition Information per bowl (not including the tomatoes or hot sauce)

Calories 237, Total Fat 10 g, Cholesterol: 41 mg, Sodium 240 mg, Potassium 272.6 mg, Carbohydrates 20 g, Fiber 5 g, Sugar 1 g, Protein 20 g

Kale & Chicken Burrito Bowl
 
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Recipe type: lunch, bowl, gluten free, dairy free
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4 bowls
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts (about 10 oz of chicken total)
  • 1 Tbsp dried chives
  • ⅛ tsp chipotle powder
  • ⅛ tsp smoked paprika
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • about 4 loosely packed cups (1 bunch) Tuscan or curly kale, ribs removed and chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup lime juice, divided
  • 1 Tbsp evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
  • ½ jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 avocado, sliced into big chunks
  • Garnish: chopped cherry tomatoes, hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Chicken: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken breasts in a glass-baking dish and fill the dish with about an inch of water. The water should just cover the bottom of the baking dish and not cover the chicken completely. Sprinkle the chicken breast with chives, chipotle, smoked paprika, and salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. When the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Shred the chicken with the juices and cooking water using two forks and mix it all together and set aside in a separate dish.
  2. Rice: Place 2 cups of water with rice in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until all water is drained. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
  3. Kale: Whisk together ¼ cup lime juice, olive oil, jalapeño, cumin and salt. Toss the kale with the lime dressing in a large bowl.
  4. Avocado: Combine the remaining lime juice with the avocado in a food processor. Process until smooth.
  5. To serve, spoon a ¼ of the rice, a ¼ of the chicken, and a ¼ of the kale into a bowl. Top with ¼ of the avocado and a few quartered cherry tomatoes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl Calories: 237 Fat: 10 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 240 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 20 g Cholesterol: 41 mg

Kale Chicken Burrito Bowl from The Nutrition Twins

 

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