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! 
Prep5 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Total20 minutes
Servings 4 people



  • Add the chicken, garlic, olive oil, lime, spices, and cornstarch to a large bowl or zip-seal bag.
  • Place in fridge and let marinate for at least 15-30 minutes or up to 24 hours. 
  • 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). 
  • Serve chicken in tacos, burritos, on salads or rice.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. So delicious! Turned out perfect and my family was happy!

  2. I have a hard time finding recipes I like online but I have to say this recipe was great! I absolutely loved it! It was super easy and I didn’t have to change the recipe at all. My husband and I loved it so much I’m making it again tomorrow. Just wanted to say thank you!

  3. I make this recipe all the time and our entire family loves it. I am having surgery soon and would like to prep a lot of meals. Can I put the marinade in this and freeze so that my family only has to cook? Or not because of the lime juice?

  4. I’m trying this now and noticed, my marinade is not very liquidity at all. How do I separate from the chicken as recipe asks? It’s all just stick to chicken.

    1. Exceptional!

      We used the marinade for a burrito recipe on bone in, skin on thigh. Removed the skin after cooking, but honestly, removing the skin was silly(not for burrito) but next time I’d keep it on, as the flavour was unbelievable.
      Juicy, gorgeous taste.
      A new staple in my house.

      Thank you!!

  5. This was unbelievably good. Definitely a keeper!

  6. great combo of seasonings- great tip on the corn starch- I was rushed on prepping this recipe this time– we only marinated for 30 mins- everyone enjoyed the taste– def remake this over and over-

  7. This is the best chicken taco. I wish I could give it 10 stars. If you are on the fence about trying this recipe get off it & get to cooking. You will not regret it

  8. From Maggie S. I made this on June 4, 2022, and it was absolute perfection! I doubled the recipe and used bone-in chicken thighs because they have so much more flavor and don’t dry out like chicken breasts.. I marinated the thighs in this excellent “paste” for 8 hours, scraped it off, then put the thighs on a medium-high charcoal grill for 9 minutes on each side, while monitoring it carefully. Set it aside wrapped in tin foil. Chopped it up into smaller pieces when it cooled down. I HAD TO EAT AT LEAST ONE BECAUSE IT WAS SO DELICIOUS!

    Separately, I made black beans with garlic, onions and herbs with a splash of white wine and a little sugar.

    Separately, I sauteed fresh tomatoes — hell, use canned diced tomatoes — with a little garlic, fresh cilantro, cumin and a little olive oil.

    Then, spoon the whole mix into giant tortillas, fold them up and fry them with cheese.


  9. I love this!! Can you cook it in the oven? I am cooking for 100 people so looking for easy

    1. Cut the chicken in cubes before or after cooking?