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Hunter’s chicken birria-inspired tacos recipe

Hunter’s chicken birria-inspired tacos recipe

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Love hunter's chicken? Love tacos? Put them together in these cheesy birria-inspired tacos. This easy midweek meal will go down a storm with the kids. Serve with extra barbecue sauce for dipping. See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 45 mins
  • 672 calories / serving


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 x 300g pack chicken breast fillets
  • 3 rashers Woodside Farms smoked back bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 brown onions, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 500g carton tomato passata
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely crushed​
  • 1 pack 8 mini white tortilla wraps
  • 150g grated mozzarella
  • 20g fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 Little Gem lettuce, leaves separated
  • 250g pack cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 limes​
If you don't have brown onions, try using white, red or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    24g 35%
  • Saturates

    9g 46%
  • Sugars

    19g 21%
  • Salt

    1.9g 32%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 52g Protein 57g Fibre 8.4g


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the chicken and bacon and fry for 5 mins until evenly golden. Add half the onion and the pepper, and cook for a further 5 mins, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften. Mix the barbecue sauce, passata and garlic into the pan. Cover with a lid, bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken and bacon to a bowl and shred the chicken with 2 forks. Mix in a little of the sauce so it is lightly coated.
  3. Spoon the pulled chicken onto one half of each tortilla wrap and top with mozzarella, coriander and the remaining onion, then fold over the other half of the wrap. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a clean frying pan over a medium heat. Working in batches, fry the tacos for 2-3 mins on each side, until golden, crisp and the cheese is fully melted.
  4. Toss the lettuce, tomato, carrot and juice of 1 lime together in a bowl.
  5. Serve the tacos on a platter with a bowl of sauce for dipping, salad on the side and the remaining lime cut into wedges for squeezing over.

Tip: Working in batches, cook the tacos in an air-fryer at 200°C for 4-5 mins until golden crisp and the cheese is fully melted.

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