Grilled Chicken Tacos Recipe

The chicken is marinated in a zesty lime-garlic sauce, grilled, and then served on warm tortillas for an irresistible taco treat that the whole family will enjoy.

If you’re grilling for an outdoor or summer gathering, why not swap out the burgers for a gourmet taco? If you need to make them indoors, it’s simple to switch out the grill for a skillet. These chicken tacos are super fresh and simple to make, but still pack in a ton of flavor. If you’re having company, these are super fun because they are casual and inviting, but completely delicious.

Grilled Chicken Tacos

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Marinated grilled chicken which gets nicely charred makes these street tacos a tasty and healthy option if you are craving some tacos.

Prep: 15min

Total: 25min

Serving Size: 1 taco

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 1 taco, calories 220 kcal, Carbohydrate 18 g, Protein 13 g, Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 53 mg, Sodium 245 mg, Fiber 4 g, Sugar 3 g, unSaturated Fat 7 g


  • 1 1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 avocado, cored and diced
  • 12 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • queso fresco or favorite cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. In large bowl or ziploc bag, add chicken, olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, and spices. Rub marinade all over chicken and place in fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Preheat grill to 425-450°F or a pan to medium-high heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer chicken to plate and cover with foil, letting rest for 5 minutes. Dice chicken into cubes.
  4. Grill some tortillas for about 30 seconds per side until charred and set aside.
  5. While chicken is resting, combine the chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice and sea salt in a bowl and set aside.
  6. Serve chicken on warm tortillas with diced avocado, pico de gallo, and some cheese if desired.


Is it OK to use taco seasoning on chicken?

Yes, taco seasoning is a fantastic rub for your preferred cut of meat.

How do you make taco seasoning stick to chicken?

Salt, chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper make up the Taco Chicken seasoning. I then use lime juice and oil to cover the chicken so the seasoning will stick to it while cooking!

How long should you marinate chicken?

When learning how to marinate chicken, use the following guidelines as a general guide: Boneless chicken: 30 minutes to 2 hours; bone-in chicken breasts, drumsticks, wings, or thighs: 1 to 12 hours.

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