20 Tasty Chicken Taco Recipes
Change up your taco Tuesdays with a batch of tasty chicken tacos. Whether shredded, braised, or breaded and fried, these various chicken dishes will become new family favorites. Simply add a dollop of sour cream and drizzle of your favorite salsa, then dinner is served.
Shredded Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa
Look for crema, the Mexican version of sour cream, in Mexican markets or the international aisle of most supermarkets. You could also thin sour cream with 1/2 teaspoon lime juice.
Buffalo Chicken Tacos
Your favorite appetizer just got upgraded to the dinner menu. These reinvented tacos check every craving box with less than a third of the sodium and half the fat of traditional Buffalo wings.
Kung Pao Chicken Tacos
A kickin' chicken taco of this caliber is not to be underestimated. Sure, this is an inexpensive, family-friendly weeknight dinner… but it's a cool inexpensive, family-friendly weeknight dinner. Also, it's just a ridiculously tasty recipe.
Chicken Verde Tacos
We like a warm taco filling, but if you're going for something a little cooler and more refreshing, skip step 1 and drizzle the salsa over assembled tacos.
Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream
Create authentic Mexican-style tacos by cooking the chicken in a mixture of ancho chili powder and cumin and serving over corn tortillas topped with slaw and avocado cream.
Chicken Tinga Tacos
These bold and smoky tacos provide the perfect route to reinventing some leftover chicken. Serve them up with a crisp green salad for a light and refreshing weeknight supper.
Slow Cooker Chicken Mole
Serve the whole leg quarters over brown basmati rice, or shred the chicken off the bone and layer onto corn tortillas with cilantro, radishes, and a squeeze of lime for family taco night.
Beer-Braised Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw
Cabbage and apple slaw adds a nice crunch. When you pair the slaw with beer-braised chicken, the tacos take on a German flair.
Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce
Use this creamy sauce to dress up store-bought fried chicken or as a salad dressing or dip for wings. Adjust the heat by adding more or less jalapeño. We like to double up on the tortillas, taco-truck style, for any of these tacos.
Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Soft Tacos
Coat chicken breast halves in a spicy mixture of chili powder, cumin, and crushed red pepper, grill, and serve in flour tortillas. Top with your favorite taco toppings—lettuce, tomato, cheese, cilantro—for a one-dish Mexican meal.
Easy Grilled Chicken Tacos
These tacos are perfect for outdoor grilling! Try grilling the tortillas for extra grilled flavor.
Crisp Chicken Tacos (Tacos de Pollo)
No need to use stale store-bought shells to make crispy tacos. Our easy method turns fresh corn tortillas into crunchy pockets filled with a simple, savory filling.
Chicken Soft Tacos
You may think of tacos as "fast foods," but chicken soft tacos are a snap to prepare on a weeknight. You can customize them to your family's tastes and let your children build their own.
Chicken and Mushroom Tacos
Add a side of fat-free refried beans topped with your favorite salsa.
Chicken Tacos with Corn Salsa
If you don't have access to fresh corn, swap in 1 1/2 cups thawed frozen corn instead without losing any nutritional value.
Blackened Chicken and Grilled Avocado Tacos
The avocado will dry slightly in the pan, intensifying its flavor. Choose a ripe but firm avocado so it will hold its shape as it cooks. For a piquant variation, try adding a blend of 1 1/2 teaspoons of Hungarian hot paprika and 1 1/2 teaspoons of smoked Spanish paprika to the spice rub for a more intense flavor.
Fried Chicken Tacos
"Right in Tijuana's red-light district sits Kentucky Fried Buches, where cooks fry chicken necks, skin on, to fill soft corn tortillas. I can't stop eating them," says Andrew Zimmern. "At home, I fry skin-on chicken thighs until they're supercrisp, then eat them with avocado-tomatillo salsa, my family's favorite."
Adobo-Lime Chicken Tacos
Toss roasted shredded chicken breasts with south-of-the-border flavors like adobo sauce, lime, and cilantro for these easy chicken-and-broccoli slaw tacos.
Roast Chicken Soft Tacos
Choose Roast Chicken Soft Tacos for a healthier Mexican fiesta. These soft tacos are stuffed with with radishes, tomatoes, cabbage, cilantro--and of course, roasted chicken.
Chicken Pomegranate Guac Tacos
The juicy pomegranate seeds in Chicken Pomegranate Guac Tacos add tangy flavor, and research has shown they have more inflammation-fighting antioxidants than red wine or green tea.