Taco Chicken

CATEGORIES: Grill, Kate, Latin, Poultry

This grilled taco chicken is deceptively simple–a handful of ingredients you may already have, including spices you probably use all the time. And yet there’s something incredible about it that your family will gobble up on busy weeknights and that guests will go back again and again for if you serve these for a little (or big) fiesta. This chicken is perfect for meal prep bowls, is all sorts of healthy eating-friendly, and is something that definitely deserves a spot in your regular mealtime rotation, especially as we move into grilling season.

You’ll need some boneless skinless chicken breasts…

boneless skinless chicken breasts

as well as some garlic, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and red wine vinegar.

grilled taco chicken ingredients

Place the chicken breasts in a gallon-size Ziploc bag and add garlic.

garlic and chicken breasts

Juice the limes over the chicken

juicing limes over the chicken

and add a splash of of red wine vinegar.

adding red wine vinegar

This will not completely cover the chicken; just turn it occasionally as needed. Marinate for at least 4 hours, no longer than 8.

Heat an outdoor grill (you can also use a grill pan inside. Or your broiler in your oven.) Combine salt, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper in a small bowl. Remove chicken from marinade and rub the spices all over the chicken.

marinated chicken rubbed in spices
Place on a lightly oiled grill over medium heat with the lid closed. Turn, close the lid, and cook for another 7 minutes. Remove from grill and lightly cover with foil; allow to stand for a few minutes.

grilled taco chicken our best bites

You can either eat the chicken as it is, maybe with our pineapple cilantro rice and refried beans or  Quick & Easy Black Beans, or use slice it up and serve it as the best chicken tacos ever!

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Description

This grilled taco chicken is deceptively simple–no one will believe it’s as easy as it is because it’s so delicious!


Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts or thighs
  • A couple of juicy limes
  • A splash of red wine vinegar
  • 23 cloves garlic, pressed or coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Juice the limes and combine with a couple splashes of red wine vinegar. Add garlic. Pour over chicken. This will not completely cover the chicken; just turn it occasionally as needed. Marinate for at least 4 hours, no longer than 8.
  2. Heat an outdoor grill (you can also use a grill pan inside. Or your broiler in your oven.) Combine salt, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper in a small bowl. Remove chicken from marinade and rub the spices all over the chicken.
  3. Place chicken on lightly oiled grill over medium heat and close the lid. Cook for 7 minutes, then flip the chicken, close the lid, and cook for another 7 minutes.
  4. Remove from the grill, lightly cover with foil, and allow to stand a few minutes so it doesn’t lose its juiciness. You can either eat the chicken as it is, maybe with Mexican rice and beans, or use slice it up and use it as you would taco meat.

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49 comments

  1. I’m so excited to find your site! I just got married and became and instant mom to three great kids. Having been busy in my career (with companies like Costa V ida and R umbi) I haven’t spent a lot of time in the kitchen! Your recipe’s are so clear and easy to follow! Can’t wait to try the tortilla soup tonight with my family! (The recipe is not too far off from Costa’s!) Thanks again——Amy

  2. I made chicken tacos with this chicken. YUM! Everyone loved them. I made some cilantro lime rice, doctored up a can of black beans, added guacamole and other taco stuff and it was so yummy.

    If I had known it was so good I would have made more! We ran out and everyone was bummed.

    I also have some good recipes for you, if you ever go that direction.

    Thanks so much… I can’t wait to try your other recipes!

  3. I made chicken tacos with this chicken. YUM! Everyone loved them. I made some cilantro lime rice, doctored up a can of black beans, added guacamole and other taco stuff and it was so yummy.

    If I had known it was so good I would have made more! We ran out and everyone was bummed.

    I also have some good recipes for you, if you ever go that direction.

    Thanks so much… I can’t wait to try your other recipes!

  4. I made chicken tacos with this chicken. YUM! Everyone loved them. I made some cilantro lime rice, doctored up a can of black beans, added guacamole and other taco stuff and it was so yummy.

    If I had known it was so good I would have made more! We ran out and everyone was bummed.

    I also have some good recipes for you, if you ever go that direction.

    Thanks so much… I can’t wait to try your other recipes!

  5. Hillary- we’ve been tossing around the idea of a reader recipe contest, so keep checking back and maybe you’ll find more info on that in the weeks to come!

  6. I thought the same thing you did at first, Sara! Kate is one perverted chickadee! 😛

    That chicken looks really good. We recently discovered how delish chicken thighs can be in place of breasts in some of our favorite recipes.

    Do you guys have a spot on here for submitting recipes? I’ve got some really fantastic ones!

  7. Man! I have never seen such artistic and beautiful pictures of frozen chicken and ingredients. I’m addicted to your blog. It’s so. . . yummy!

  8. “I can tell you right now that I’m a breast girl and Sara prefers thighs”

    Okay, am I the only one who laughed out loud at that comment? Sounds like something a guy would say, haha.

    (And I should clarify that my thigh preference only comes into play with specific recipes. Some just don’t turn out the same with one or the other!)

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