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Chicken Taco Twist

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Yep.

Chicken Taco Twist / Bev Cooks

Pretty obnoxious, isn’t it?

And I don’t even have an excuse. So embarrassing! One minute I was craving tacos (shhhhocker) and the next I was stuffing two French breads with this spicy chicken taco mixture with cheese and beans and chipotle peppers. And then I started twisting it up all like some harebrained villain on the loose in the wild wild west, and then before I knew it into the oven it went with a silky egg wash and crushed Mexican oregano on top and OH.

Nothin’ I could do to stop it.

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These next few horribly orange photos due to late rainy afternoon kitchen light are me showing you how to stuff this monster. Because one might be thinking, “How on patinky dink did she get all that chicken taco mixture insawd thawt thar bread!” Well, this is how, pigeons. This is how.

1) Slice ‘em open, tip to tip.

2) If you have one of those roller thingies, not a huge rolling pin, but something smaller, I have no idea, use that. Or your fingers! Just kind of pull the dough open until it’s about 4 inches across in diamaradius or whatever.

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3) Sprinkle a little cheese in the well (I call it a well because it makes me feel at peace), and then sprinkle the entire chicken mixture on top. You’ll be like, “Whoa, chachi, this is a lot of stuffing, I don’t rightly know about this.” But keep at it, little train.

4) Then you peeeench peench peench (actually, I call it pinch, but my little sister calls it peench and it makes me a smidge postal) that whole love canoe right up, tip to tip. Peench it tight.

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Then you just flip them over, seam side down onto a baking sheet, and twist the two around each other, like lovahs.

Actually, it kind of looks like a lady crossing her legs, ya know? Like at a fancy ball, sitting at her little round table with a glass of champagne, waiting to be asked to dance, glancing around the room with lashes longer than cattails in an open meadow on a breezy day.

Oh you don’t see that? Oh okay.

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Chicken Taco Twist / Bev Cooks

I’m not even going to attempt to warn you what’s going to happen to your motor skills, circulatory system, neurological transmissions, and overall ability to breathe or see anything at all.

Chicken Taco Twist / Bev Cooks

Do the twist.

Chicken Taco Twist:

What it took for 4:

* 1 pound ground chicken (go dark meat!)
* 2 Tbs. favorite taco seasoning
* 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
* 2 chipotle peppers, diced
* 3 tsp adobo sauce
* 1/3 cup black beans
* pinch of salt and pepper
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
* 2 (11 oz) tubes refrigerated French bread
* 1 cup cheddar cheese
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 1 tsp Mexican oregano

Preheat oven to 375.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high, and add the ground chicken. Brown all over until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the taco seasoning, red bell pepper, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, black beans, a pinch of salt and pepper, and the cilantro. Toss to combine and sauté another 3 – 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

On a clean and lightly floured work surface, arrange the french breads. Using a serrated knife, lightly score each loaf from tip to tip. Using either a roller, or your fingers, spread the dough until you get a 4-inch well in the center.

Lightly sprinkle some of the cheese along each well. Fill the wells with the chicken taco mixture. Get it all in there. It will work. Then, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the chicken mixture. Using your fingers, pinch the dough tightly, closing the mixture inside the bread. Continue until both loaves are pinched all good like.

Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Carefully transfer each loaf to the pan, and place them seam side down. Twist each loaf around each other, creating a . . . well . . . twist. Make sense?

Lightly brush the twist with the egg wash. Using a small paring knife, lightly score little slits across the top of the twist, allowing for ventilation. Lastly, sprinkle the Mexican oregano on top of the twist.

Slide that thing in for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bread is cooked through.

Let sit for a few minutes (riiiiiiight), slice and eat the entire thing before anyone can catch you.

Chicken Taco Twist / Bev Cooks

Or what about two lover caterpillars lost at sea with only each other to survive on this carving board raft! No? Okay.

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41 Responses to Chicken Taco Twist

  1. Jen @ Savory Simple March 22, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    woah! I love how you think.

  2. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama March 22, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    All I can say is thank you. This is such a genius idea, taco night will never be the same!

  3. Katie March 22, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Oh Lordy. You have DONE it.

  4. Tieghan March 22, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    All I have to say is WOW! That thing looks amazing!

  5. Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks March 22, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    This looks insanely delicious!

  6. Amy @Very Culinary March 22, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Freakin’ brilliant.

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 22, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Bev that is beautiful! It’s just so twisty and perfect!

  8. Cassie | Bake Your Day March 22, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Holy cow, girl, you are freaking genius!

  9. Amanda March 22, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Wow, love it. So creative.

  10. Megan {Country Cleaver} March 22, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    What have you done woman? Also – they totally look like manic lost-at-sea caterpillars. And I wanna eat ‘em.

  11. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 22, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Ok…. I’m pretty sure ou are a genius after see this. Where do you come up with this stuff?!!? :)

  12. Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 22, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Brilliant! Now “twist and shout” is in my mind… :)

  13. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough March 22, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    This. Mouth. Now.

  14. Heather March 22, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    That is one intense mexicano taco stromboli-lookin’ meal. Yum!

  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite March 22, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I am DEFINITELY going to do the twist. This looks AHHHHMAZING!

  16. Jeannie March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I love the look of this sexy twisted taco bread, so delicious!

  17. Heather @ Heather's Dish March 22, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    How am I supposed to live without this now?! Hmmm???? :)

  18. Sharla March 22, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I want to have a real conversation with you someday just to see where it goes!!! You always keep me laughing.

  19. Jackie @ The Beeroness March 22, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    I want to wear this as a scarf

  20. dixya@food, pleasure, and health March 22, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    this is pure genuisssssss. I am eating taco salad right now but wishing how I could have those bread in my mouth.

  21. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Genius! Now I want to go stuff some bread ;)

  22. Cookin' Canuck March 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    This is flippin’ brilliant! Now I’m wondering how many different things I can think to stuff into French bread…the possibilities are endless.

  23. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife March 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    This looks pretty amazing.

  24. Marie @ Little Kitchie March 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Oh my yumminess, I am dying for this. DYING.

  25. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    WHAT. This looks insane!

  26. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    This is so sinfully naughty. I love it!!

  27. Kristen March 23, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    This is pretty darn amazing!

  28. Wendy March 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    This looks absolutely delicious and what a beautiful loaf of twisted bread! I can’t wait to try this with your taco filling and maybe something with mushrooms for my vegetarian daughter.

  29. chrissy March 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    I made this tonight for dinner. It was delicious and we all agreed that it is a keeper!! I especially liked how pretty it looked! Served it with a side dish of mexican rice that I added the rest of the black beans I had left from the twist.

  30. Sarah March 25, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    Okay, it’s official: You’re a genius!

  31. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 25, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    This is insane in the membrane!!!

  32. Michelle March 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    You ARE amazing.

  33. Katie @ Blonde Ambition March 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Ohhhhh my goodness, I was totally gettin excited to see the final picture of what it looks like cut open and after that picture, I definitely lost it a little bit. Also possibly lost some drool…onto my keyboard.

  34. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    I think I just died.

  35. Ren March 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    I made this for dinner tonight and what a hit!! Like a little slice of (hot) heaven!!!! I love your inspiration!

  36. Angela April 3, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Wow that looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. So glad I stumbled on your blog.. so many great ideas! Keep up the good work!

  37. Anonymous April 17, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Im drooling at work…

  38. Stacy June 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    I made this last night… It was amazing! :)

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