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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


  • 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


  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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  1. Can these be made with chicken tenders or would they be too dry

  2. How spicy are these? Is there a way to make them less spicy if they are? I have a family who does not like real spicy food.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    The best tacos I’ve made!!

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    The preparation was simple, and the end result was delicious! I might try it with shrimp next time.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    These are so easy and so, so good! We have them every couple of weeks! 

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    mexican food is the thing i miss most after moving from london to nyc and this recipe has saved me! followed it to a tee and got some  nice blackened moist chicken thighs.   wouldn’t change a thing. thank you thank you!!! 

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my new favorite recipe! I found your recipe last summer and I’ve been making it like this ever since 😀

  8. Sooooo yummy!! I bought cilantro lime dressing to top it off. Definetly gonna make again! Awesome recipe good job!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    These tacos are delicious! We will never go back to ground beef tacos after having these. I didn’t have chicken thighs, so I used breasts instead. Thank you for this recipe! 

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    i always loved  all your recipes, especially panda copy cat recipes. 
    your recipes are easy to prepare. more power to you. 

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great spice flavour on the chicken. Very easy recipe to make.

    We made several variations in an attempt to improve the recipe. We added sliced jalapeños, small amount of sour cream and a spicy tangy mustard on top. Game changer for sure! Highly recommend.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was a quick easy and tasty dinner. My six year old gives it two thumbs up. We will definitely make again. Entire family enjoyed!  Thank you

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super easy and quick. I made it with chicken breasts instead of thighs (personal preference). I cooked them in a skillet and sliced after they cooled, as directed in the recipe. However, next time I may dice them first before coating in the seasoning and cooking since it would be faster. I served with homemade guacamole, lime slices, and shredded Mexican cheese. Delicious.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    its damn delish

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    I mixed the spices, let it sit for 15 min. Then cooked it.  The chicken was delicious.   The flavors were smooth, and flavorful.  No one spice overpowered the other.   

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe was delicious. It reminded me of my favorite local Mexican restaurant that has a lime chicken taco. I used thin sliced chicken breast and it was very tender. I loved the smoky flavor with lots of lime. Thank you for the recipe!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    super tasty!!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Family favorite! 

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    These tacos were beyond delicious!! I cut my chicken into pieces before seasoning and cooking. From start to finish was less than 15 minutes. Perfect for busy nights. Thank you so much!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    I don’t have smoked paprika. So, could I use chili powder or can you recommend me another choice?

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just happened to come across your recipe after googling “chicken tacos” and these were a huge hit with my family! Thank you… I’m off to search for more recipes on your site now. 

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe was delicious!!! My husband loved the tacos.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    We just celebrated our daughter’s first birthday with a Mexican-themed fiesta.  The recipe I was planning to use for the chicken tacos didn’t multiply well, so I was in a pinch to find something else.  All I can say is THANK YOU for this delicious recipe!I made 15 pounds of the chicken and everyone LOVED it.  I ended up using chicken breast and made it early in the morning the day of the party and then reheated it at 300 degrees F in a covered hotel pan.  The chicken was perfect and was not dry at all.  This will definitely be a staple recipe in our home (just like so many of your others)!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so quick, easy, and delicious recipe. My family and i loved this! This is going to be my go-to snack recipe. 🙂 🙂

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fan favorite, healthy and quick, what’s not to love? This recipe has been such a big hit with family and friends that I make/mix the taco seasoning in big batches. When I cook the chicken tacos, I use a cast iron skillet to add more flavor. This review is long over due!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tried this recepie, the whole family loved it. Delicious.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious- my whole family loved it – thank you!

  28. I didn’t have a crock pot but was craving tacos. This was the perfect solution! Super easy and you can cater the flavors to your liking!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so easy and delicious. My family and i loved this! Didn’t have garlic powder so I used garlic salt everything else I did exactly per the recipe. Served with a pico de gallo and a salsa verde. Will definitely be making again.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    the chicken is cooked so quickly on the stovetop!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    These were delicious! I used butterflied chicken breast (family preference) and just used my meat thermometer to make sure they weren’t overcooked.

    These will definitely have a place in our Taco Tuesday rotation!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe was very delicious and easy to make, My family loved it. The spices came together beautifully and the smell ”amazing” 
    I used coconut oil instead of canola and also included some leftover rice and red beans along with shredded queso cheese. Thank you, you have outdone yourself once again.

    • These were great! My boyfriend wanted a Taco Tuesday night and he wants these again! I added melted cheese at the bottom of the tortillas in the oven then added a little taco sauce on top w/ the pico sooo good. 

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe was fabulous and I loved how easy it was to prepare! I used butterfly chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs and cooked the breasts whole in my cast iron pan on the stove. I think they stay more moist that way instead of cutting the chicken before cooking I also made regular tacos with cheese, lettuce and tomato on a soft flour tortilla with fresh guacamole and mango pico de gallo from the produce section at the store. This will go in my regular rotation of recipes. Thank you Chungah, another fine recipe!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow my name Kassidy and I love this so much 
    Me like chicken taco

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    This reciepe is amazing!! My sister and I make this every week! The flavor of the spices was unlike anything we had ever eaten before. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE!!!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made these tacos for dinner and they were very good. I had a pack of thinly sliced chicken breast and cut them up and mixed the spices with them. Left for half hour in fridge. Followed recipe. Everybody liked them!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trying now, looks delicious! Do you cover the chicken when cooking stovetop or not? Thank you! 

  39. I’m sorry if this says it on this website but… does anyone know how many people this serves??? I would rate it but I haven’t made it yet.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    These tacos are a weekday favorite! The chicken is so easy to make and tastes delicious with the rest of the ingredients.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Totally agree, Diya! These were wonderful and the seasoning made it lots better. We used breasts instead of thighs and it still worked super well! Glad we tried this! 🙂

  41. This recipe has quickly become one of my go-to’s for dinner, I love the flavor of the marinade! Thank you for sharing

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    We made this for dinner tonight & just got done eating. This recipe is wonderful! I also cut the chicken before cooking like others have stated. This is going to be one of my go-to recipes now!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family loved this quick and easy recipe. Even my 5- year old, who eats absolutely nothing, loved them! It will definitely be a “go to” on weeknights!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Being stuck home for almost 3 months due to the outbreak in NY, we have grown tired of making the same old food. I had boneless chicken and no idea what to do with it. I googled chicken recipe ideas and this came up.
    Wasn’t planning on making tacos but I am so glad I did!! I used boneless chicken breasts and sliced them very thin and cooked them after letting them sit in the spice rub for a couple hours. I didn’t have fresh pico but salsa was good as well. My younger son even tried them and ate 2 tacos himself, which is highly unusual because he eats almost nothing new even though we try! These will be made again and again! Thank you!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight on my Blackstone Griddle.  It was so easy since I could cook it all at once.  I took another reviewer’s idea and cut the chicken up before cooking it.  Simple and delicious recipe.  My son doesn’t like avocado so he added shredded cheese.   My family loved it! This will be my new chicken taco recipe now.  Thank you so much.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    I don’t write reviews very often, but I felt like I needed to because these tacos were THAT good!  I did use chicken breasts instead of thighs and my husband grilled the chicken and tortillas. My husband, kids, and I loved them. This will be our go to recipe from now on!  

    I know when I come across your recipes on Pinterest, that it’ll be good!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    They were great. Will make again. 

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super tasty! I will definitely make this again. I like your
    tortilla shells  they look way better than mine did! 
    This was a fabulous Saturday night taco and a few beers
    Covid-19 date night! Thanks 

  49. Haven’t tried these yet but they look fantastic. My question is how do you warm your taco shells. I noticed the char marks on them which look great. In the oven or in a fry pan?

    • the best way to warm tortillas is to put them directly over your burner. I have a gas stove and I just pop those bad boys on for a couple seconds each side. Let the flame toast them so you get a nice little char

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! These tacos were “Damn Delicious”!! Not only do we live in So California where good Mexican food is prevalent, but my college-age boys are 1/2 Hispanic and very picky about their taco meat. I have bought similar pre-marinated taco meat at the Hispanic market that wasn’t very good. I could tell by reading the recipe and reviews that these were going to be good. I made them tonight and my sons gave them their seal of approval and gobbled up a double batch. I loved them too. I diced the chicken first and then coated them in the seasoning in a bowl and let it sit for about 20 mins. I think dicing the chicken first really allows all the pieces to be well-coated in seasoning. We ate them with corn tortillas that I lightly warm/lightly brown in an ungreased skillet with avaocado and homemade pico de gallo. Mmmm! This will now be my go-to taco recipe. Thank you!

    • Trying to figure out how to “char” tortillas on an electric stove, and noticed you said you don’t grease the skillet. Is there an advantage to not using oil to do this?

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazingly good chicken tacos! I like to add some cilantro lime ranch dressing to the mix and I fry my tortillas in oil to get a bit of crunch, which is my personal preference. Thank you for the recipe!

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    So quick and easy! Love this recipe! My kids love it too! So thankful this website and these incredible recipes!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Omg! This chicken taco recipe is very very delicious! Definitely be making again! 

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very tasty!

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Better than I expected! Super flavorful 

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanks for that recipe it was soo yummy . I saw the recipe today and I thought hmm why i dont try to cook that dish for today’s dinner. I will definitely keep that receipt and do it time to time. 

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious. Spice rub was perfect and everyone loved these tacos. Definitely a recipe to keep.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my go-to website for recipes that I know I’ll love. I have made several of Chungah’s recipes and they are always a hit. I made these chicken tacos tonight and they were delicious. I was tempted to use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs because I already had the breasts on hand, but I’m glad I went ahead and got the thighs because they were so much more tender and perfect for these tacos. The recipe was quick and easy, just like the name states. My household is pretty wimpy when it comes to spicy foods so I only used 1/4 tsp of chili powder and it was just right for us.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy to make and so damn delicious!!! 

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just made them! So good! Fast and easy. Great meal during quarantine 

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yum!!! Very easy and delicious.

  62. I’ve never done a spice rub before, so I just had a question if anyone could answer it. Sorry I am 24, and a mom of a 2 year old, and have been living with my boyfriend for 4 years. I’m trying to be a good mom and wife and make new recipes to try and find some staples everyone loves to make for years to come. Basically just trying to make our own little family traditions. But anyways, for the spice rub would I rub that onto the chicken, sprinkle it on the chicken, coat the chicken or would like dicing the chicken before I cook it and tossing it in the spice rub be better? Sorry I know it’s a dumb question but I just want it to be right. 

    • Shana, you could do any of those things and it will turn out fine. I prefer to dice the chicken first just because it cooks faster that way and everyone is always hungry at dinner time.

  63. Rated 4 out of 5

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

  64. 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!

  65. 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.

  66. 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!

  67. 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 .

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  69. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was really tasty

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  72. 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!

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  74. 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.

  75. 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

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

  77. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  78. 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 🙂

  79. 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!

  80. 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.  

  81. Rated 5 out of 5

    These did not disappoint. Delicious. 

  82. 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!!!

  83. Rated 4 out of 5

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

  84. 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. 

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

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

  87. 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.

  88. Rated 5 out of 5

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

    Ps the corgis are so damn darling

  89. 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!

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

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

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

  93. 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

  94. 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.