Quick Chicken Tacos


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Chicken Tacos are an easy weeknight meal perfect every day of the week! A delicious change from our usual ground beef tacos, these feature seasoned chicken breast with fresh lime juice for lots of flavor!

Of course tacos make the perfect meal, lunch on the go or even a great game day snack as a DIY Taco Bar! Serve with cilantro lime rice or Mexican rice and elote.

A chicken taco topped with jalapeños, cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce.

How Much Chicken for Chicken Tacos?

Since we add lots of toppings and cheese, I allow for about 1/2 chicken breast per person give or take. If you’re using shredded chicken I account for 1/4 cup of chicken per taco.

How to Make Chicken Tacos

Making chicken tacos is as easy as 1,2,3! You need just a handful of ingredients and about 20 minutes!

You can use taco seasoning on chicken, I prefer to make homemade.

  1. Toss diced chicken in taco seasoning (see recipe below).
  2. Saute chicken until fully cooked and lightly browned. Then add lime juice and zest.
  3. Warm tortillas by placing them in the microwave. Then keep them in a ceramic tortilla warmer or a casserole dish set on a warm towel.
  4. Place chicken mixture and toppings in the center of the warmed tortilla.

Chicken taco meat with pico de gallo on the side for serving

Set out an array of taco toppings including Pico de Gallo and guacamole. Just let your guests assemble their own and then settle in for the big game!

Toppings for Chicken Tacos

The best chicken tacos start with the best toppings! The classic combination in the recipe below is my favorite but here are a few others to try.

  • Veggies: black olives, pineapples, jalapeños, avocados
  • Cheese: Other kinds of shredded cheese like cheddar or Monterey jack
  • Beans: Black beans, pinto beans, or refried beans
  • Sauces: sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, and guacamole

A close up of seasoned chicken for tacos

What to Serve with Chicken Tacos

While tacos are delicious on their own, a tasty array of side dishes never hurt!

Try a classic Mexican rice dish or a delicious cob of Mexican corn, and top it off with a refreshing strawberry margarita.

Got Leftovers?

Make a delicious taco salad, chicken quesadillas or enjoy tacos for days to come.

Add leftover chicken to pasta or even chop it up to make a yummy taco inspired Chicken Salad!

CLose up of a chicken taco assembled with tomatoes, jalapeños, lettuce and cheese. With salsa and a second chicken taco in the background.

Taco Night!

Chicken Tacos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 6" tacos
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Chicken
Cuisine Mexican
Seasoned chicken breast in a warm tortilla, topped with a tomato mixture and cheese!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 package taco seasoning or homemade
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lime zested and juiced, divided
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1/4 cups cilantro minced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 12 flour tortilla (6-inch) warmed
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese crumbled, or cheddar

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Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl evenly coat cubed raw chicken with taco seasoning.

  2. In a 12-inch skillet set over medium-high heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook chicken, in batches, until browned and fully cooked on the inside.

  3. Add all of the browned chicken to the pan and add in the juice and zest of 1/2 lime. Then remove the chicken from the heat and cover with a lid to keep warm.

  4. In a small mixing bowl add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and the juice and zest of 1/2 lime. Stir to combine and season with kosher salt to taste.

  5. Add an equal amount of chicken to each tortilla and top with an equal amount of the tomato mixture and cheese.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 225, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 599mg, Potassium: 360mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 20g, Vitamin A: 397%, Vitamin C: 5%, Calcium: 70%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Top photo - A chicken taco on laying open and topped with cheese, jalapenos, lettuce and tomatoes. Bottom photo - cubes of cooked chicken in a white bowl.

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