The Best Grilled Chicken For Tacos, Burritos, or Salads

Charred and Tender grilled chicken spiced with a special blend of homemade taco seasoning can be grilled or cooked on the stove-top. It’s delicious in tacos, burritos, on salads, or for meal-prep! 
The Best Grilled Chicken ( for Tacos, Burritos, or Salads)Perfectly charred and crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside, this really is the BEST Mexican spiced grilled chicken. It’s seasoned with my favorite blend of homemade taco seasoning. With the addition of garlic, lime, and olive oil, you’ve got yourself delicious chicken that’s great for tacos, burrito bowls, salads, wraps and just about anything else.

A batch of perfectly grilled chicken can go a long way. I like to season a few pounds of boneless and skinless chicken thighs or breasts and keep them in zip seal bags in the fridge and freezer. When needed, just pop a bag out of the fridge or freezer and grill on an outdoor grill or right in a pan on the stove top. Use it to make tacos, wraps, on a salad or rice.

Just like Chipotle, I like to use boneless skinless chicken thighs rather than breasts because they are always tender and won’t dry out. Chicken breasts will also work for this recipe but be sure not to over-cook them. The Best Grilled Chicken ( for Tacos, Burritos, or Salads)

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The Best Grilled Chicken For Tacos, Burritos, or Salads

Charred and Tender grilled or chicken spiced with a special blend of homemade taco seasoning can be grilled or cooked in a skillet on the stove-top. It's delicious in tacos, burritos, on salads, or for meal-prep! 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Boneless, Skinless chicken thighs or breasts we prefer thighs
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch optional

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken, garlic, olive oil, lime, spices, and cornstarch to a large bowl or zip-seal bag.

  2. Place in fridge and let marinate for at least 15-30 minutes or up to 24 hours. 

  3. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Place chicken on a grill or pan heated to medium-high heat. Let chicken cook until it is no longer pink on the inside, about 6-7 minutes per side  (or until it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F). 

  4. Serve chicken in tacos, burritos, on salads or rice.

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    Rebecca Brandsen

    This is delicious! My go-to from now on. My husband grilled them on his green egg bbq and they were wonderful. super moist and the perfect balance of flavors. Thanks for the great recipe!

    sara

    What is the cornstarch for? i don’t see it mentioned in the recipe directions. Thank you. I would like to make this for a football team dinner.

      Layla

      It fell under spices but I’ve corrected the recipe to mention it!

    Kim

    This is tHe best chicken seaSoning recipe i have ever tried. WhIle it is thicker Then a traditional marinade it flaVoRs the chicken perfectly. I have made it a few times and it has Become our go to recipe. I make a big batch of a few lbs and kEep it fOr Lunch salads and a quick Protein boost on training days. Love it!!

    Heather

    How is this a marinade? There is not enough liquid. It just forms a paste.

      Panoxas meDiNa

      Have yoU tried it? Is this a conclusion you have come to based on your personal experience? I have friends that are just so uninspired and lazy that all they do is sit and blab about things they think they know about online and not actually making aNything wIth the information to challenge themselves or doing anything productive. I personally think recipes like this are the bomb dot com. The chicken’s juices meld with the spices and creates the most amazing flavor And this is based off different recipes iVe tried in the past when interested in making chicken tacos. In fact, That thought came to mind as well before actually trying iT, but i followed the recipe and wont do it any other way. Perhaps we should be *doing* more with our time than make baseless judgements. Just a thought. Xoxo

        Layla

        Thanks for your comment, I’m so happy YOU enjoyed the recipe <3

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