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Marylou's Chicken El Toro

"No need to turn the oven on with this recipe that a chef gave me years ago. It was a popular item at the restaurant, always requested and it is still my family and friends favorite today! I have added my own special touches to make it even better. This can also be served over rice instead of tortillas."
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1 h servings 706 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 706 kcal
  • 35%
  • Fat:
  • 28.7 g
  • 44%
  • Carbs:
  • 64.5g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 45.4 g
  • 91%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 106 mg
  • 35%
  • Sodium:
  • 1594 mg
  • 64%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place chicken breasts in a saucepan with enough water just to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until meat shreds easily. Remove chicken from water, shred, and set aside. Reserve water.
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until transparent. Add shredded chicken meat, and stir in the picante sauce, and 1/2 cup of the reserved chicken water. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, or until the sauce is thick. Remove the pan from heat, and sprinkle cheese over the chicken mixture.
  3. Serve over flour tortillas and garnish with sliced olives and sour cream.

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Very good and so easy! I added some garlic and a little cumin and cayenne as well as sauting a few cloves of garlic with the onion. We like things spicy so I used medium salsa and it was perfe...

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taste was good but wasn't exactly what i was expecting in the presentation department...

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Very good and so easy! I added some garlic and a little cumin and cayenne as well as sauting a few cloves of garlic with the onion. We like things spicy so I used medium salsa and it was perfe...

This is a very easy dish and a great addition to any recipe box. I have made this for certain guests that we have over and it is often requested from return visitors. I highly recommend especi...

a great recipe that ive added to my personal cookbook. i found that cilantro and green chiles really added to the flavor. but great nonetheless.

This recipe defiantly needs some help, otherwise it's just salsa and chicken. Not very appealing. First off, I added some finely crushed garlic to my onions for frying. I also added some fresh c...

The whole family liked this recipe, howeveer, I did make a few changes. When I cooked the chicken, I cooked it in chicken broth instead of water. I also followed the advice of some of the prev...

So glad I read reviews! when you add black beans to this and saute garlic with the onions and add cumin this recipe is just GREAT! very easy to make and delicious, would be great for parties ser...

Terrific!!! Added cheddar/jack for extra flavor and served over rice...Scrumptious.....Also great as burritos.....Thanks Marylou

delicious and easy!

I took others suggestions and added garlic, green peppers, and some spices. We had the mixture over tortillas. Overall a good dish but nothing spectacular. Nice because all of the ingredients ar...