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When there is nothing in the house, and you still have to make dinner… make these!  Most of these ingredients are hiding in your pantry right now!

Mexican Chicken Stacks

2 chicken breast

taco seasoning blend*

1/2 tbsp cornstarch (dissolved in a splash of cold water)

3/4 cup crushed tortilla chips

1 egg

1/2 tbsp melted butter

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1 can refried beans

1 tomato, sliced

shredded lettuce

Simmer the chicken breast, covered, in 1 cup of water plus the taco seasoning blend.  In the mean time, crush your tortilla chips in a food processor or blender, and mix in a bowl with the shredded cheese.  Beat the egg and add it to the chips along with the melted butter.  Mix well and then divide the chip mixture into 4 patties and cook in a skillet till browned on each side.  When the chicken is tender, simmered for at least an hour, shred it with a fork and return it to the seasoned water.  You could add your favorite hot sauce to spice it up a bit.  Continue to simmer and thicken the sauce with cornstarch.

Spread the tortilla chip patties with the refried beans, and top with a tomato slice. Then drop a heaping spoon of the chicken on top and sprinkle with shredded lettuce.  Serve with sour cream or salsa!

taco seasoning blend*  usually a blend of chili powder, cumin, onion & garlic powder, and cayenne. If you don’t have a home made blend, it’s a great thing to have on hand!  Or, you could always use one of those store bought packets of taco seasoning.