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Easy 20 Minute Chicken Tacos

Quick 20 minute grilled chicken tacos topped with pico de gallo and creamy cilantro sauce.  These spicy tacos are perfect for weeknight dinners and are sure to please the entire family.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, grilled,, quick, recipe, spicy, tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken thighs, boneless skinless or chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice optional
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika optional
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder or onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas

Pico de Gallo

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeño deseeded
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • pinch salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

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

  2. Heat a large pan to medium-high heat. Cook chicken 6-7 minutes per side or until it is no longer pink and the internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove from heat and cool for at least 5 minutes. Slice or chop into small cubes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, combine the chopped tomato, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, and lime juice in a small bowl. Char tortillas on the stovetop over the flame until lightly charred (this step is optional).
  4. Assemble tacos by placing about 1/4 cup of chicken into each tortilla. Top with a few tablespoons of the onion-tomato mixture and a drizzle of cilantro sauce (*optional, see recipe in notes)

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To customize tacos, feel free to add sliced avocados or guacamole, chopped tomatoes, corn, shredded cheese

To make cilantro sauce: combine 1/4 cup mayo or sour cream, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 tablespoons minced cilantro, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy 20 Minute Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Potassium 195mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 9.7%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.