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Easy Chicken Tacos

Easy Chicken Tacos - With a simple spice rub, the chicken is cooked so quickly on the stovetop! Dice into small pieces and serve with pico, avocado + lime!

With a simple spice rub, the chicken is cooked so quickly on the stovetop! Dice into small pieces and serve with pico, avocado + lime!

Easy Chicken Tacos - With a simple spice rub, the chicken is cooked so quickly on the stovetop! Dice into small pieces and serve with pico, avocado + lime!

I think this will be my go-to weeknight meal for the next few weeks. No, wait, months probably.

Because, guys, we just brought home a little baby corgi brother for Butters. So to say my hands will be full with these two little buggers is clearly an understatement.

So enter the easiest weeknight chicken tacos ever.

With a simple spice rub – chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, garlic powder – the chicken is seasoned just right, thrown on the skillet and cooked through completely before dicing them up into bite-size pieces.

Serve in warmed tortillas with desired toppings – pico de gallo (store-bought shortcut is just fine here!), diced avocado, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice is my favorite combo right now!

Easy Chicken Tacos - With a simple spice rub, the chicken is cooked so quickly on the stovetop! Dice into small pieces and serve with pico, avocado + lime!

Easy Chicken Tacos

With a simple spice rub, the chicken is cooked so quickly on the stovetop! Dice into small pieces and serve with pico, avocado + lime!

15 minutes15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste,
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 12 mini flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup pico de gallo, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 avocado, halved, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with chili powder mixture.
  2. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 4-5 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  3. Serve chicken in tortillas, topped with pico de gallo, avocado, cilantro and lime.

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44 comments

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    way too much salt but I enjoyed the flavor and had all the the ingredients! 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great spice rub, the chicken was delicious! We cooked it on the grill – the whole family loved it! Thanks for another great recipe!

  3. Made this chicken with my Hospitality Students at a BOCES. We were learning how to cut chicken with a chef knife. We cubed the chicken before cooking, seasoned and then cooked!! Completing and eating Tacos tomorrow.
    Thanks!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I found this recipe for taco night and haven’t looked for another one since. The first time I used it, I thought to myself, this is a lot of seasoning; however, it turned out perfect.  I did find it easier to cut the meat into bite-size pieces first ensure it is done the first go around. Overall this recipe is the best!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    It’s better if you chop up the meat first then add the spices onto the meat and throw it into the pan on high with 3 table spoons of oil for 6 minutes, but over all it’s a great recipe .

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    I used chicken breast came out so delicious am adding it to my favorite recipes 

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was really tasty

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simple, quick, delicious!! What’s not to love??! Thanks for another keeper!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I can mess up any recipe, but this chicken is awesome. Everyone loved it!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! We didn’t change a thing and loved it —- even our picky 4 and 2 year olds loved it. Definitely a keeper!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was honestly so easy I looked like a chef! Thank you for sharing this simple yet delicious recipe

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    We love this recipe, and it has become a new family staple. I especially love these tacos with a little bit of guacamole or plain avocado for a little creaminess.

  13. These are ABSOLUTELY yummie My Daughter is vegetarian so i made another batch with chick peas instead of chicken, just as yummy
    Easy as to make,great recipe

  14. This recipe is sooooo good and easy ! It was a hit !!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Quick, easy, flavorful! Will make again soon!!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Okay, this was AMAZING. That spice rub was so bomb, this week has been unbelievably busy and I was looking for a super quick delicious meal. This was it!! I’m definitely keeping this one for all my busy weeks 🙂

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was AMAZING!!!!! My husband including my 4 little guys gobbled up a double recipe. I made my own pico de gallo and it was just soooo, sooo good!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Awesome!  I sliced the chicken and cooked it in the air fryer for about 10 minutes.  I’m not sure I’ll cook chicken any other way.  It was so moist.  Also, not sure we’ll ever do ground beef tacos again either.  

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    These did not disappoint. Delicious. 

  20. Oh my! These were absolutely delicious! I didn’t make the chicken in the skillet but coated the chicken with the spices and baked them in the oven at 425 for 30 minutes. The seasonings on it are perfect! Well done!!!

  21. Rated 4 out of 5

    Made this yesterday for dinner ( Taco Tuesday) easy and delicious!

  22. This was great! I used chicken breasts and diced them small before tossing into the spice mixture and cooking – this made them get a nice fond on all sides. I also sautéed a red onion and a diced jalapeño and added with the chicken to serve. Super fast and easy. 

  23. I love chicken tacos!!! Pinned this recipe right away 😀 Looks so easy and yummy.

  24. I love Tacos and these look and sound amazing. Can’t wait to give them a go!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious chicken. I used a lower calorie pita bread for my taco shell and it worked out perfectly. So tasty and the family loved it as well. Will add it to our regular menu!! I have found so many quick, delicious family friendly recipes on your site.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eye popping delicious.
    Quick quick marinade, quick grill, and stupendous flavour.

    Ps the corgis are so damn darling

  27. Cannot wait to try these, I’m no good at using spices so appreciate ratios!  How do you prepare your tortillas?  I can never get mine to look or taste as delicious as pictures, but sure it’s got to be something simple.  Thanks for all your deliciousness!

  28. What’s his name?  Can we see a picture?

  29. These chicken tacos look amazing! Definitely making them for Taco Tuesday next week!

  30. I love you for using chicken thighs in EVERYTHING!!! This looks like a winner and I can’t wait to try it!

  31. I love this recipe except for tortillas. Fluor tortilla is made with soy flour and or soy oil, I am very allergic to both.  I’ve tried corn tortilla and are very chewy. I appreciate suggestions other than corn tortilla?  Thank you

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sounds tasty! I usually just use a premade seasoning mix so bookmarking for later. I like a fruity salsa with chicken – something like a pico but with mangos (if I can find good ones) or peaches (if I can’t) added also. It’s good with fish too.