Healthy Chicken Tacos

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These healthy chicken tacos come together in about 30 minutes, making them perfect for busy weeknights. They’re packed with flavor and totally customizable!

I LOVE tacos… fish tacos, cauliflower tacos, tempeh tacos… if it has the word taco in the name I’m here for it! That said, I figured it was about time to share my go-to healthy chicken taco recipe.

These tacos are so flavorful and delicious and the entire recipe comes together in 30 minutes from start to finish, which is ideal when you’re wanting to make a healthy dinner during those busy weeknights!

Chicken tacos arranged on a plate.

Why You’ll Love These Tacos

  • Easy to make! These tacos cook up in about 30 minutes, making them perfect for a weekday taco night!
  • Packed with tons of flavor. The marinated chicken is chef’s kiss!
  • Totally customizable. Feel free to make this recipe your own with different seasonings and toppings.
Ingredients measured out to make Healthy Chicken Tacos: chicken thighs, garlic, olive oil, lime, chili powder, salt, cumin, red onion, tortillas, pico de gallo, queso fresco, sour cream, avocado and cilantro.

Ingredients Needed

  • chicken – the star of the show! I love using chicken thighs because they are fattier so have more flavor, but boneless skinless chicken breasts will also work and still be delicious. If you prefer breasts, try my easy grilled chicken recipe.
  • olive oil, lime juice, garlic, sea salt, cumin and chili powder – all these ingredients combine to make a super simple marinade for the chicken.
  • tortillas – I used small corn tortillas to keep this recipe gluten-free, but feel free to use flour tortillas or your favorite style of tortilla.
  • toppings – my go-to taco toppings are red onion, cilantro, avocado, pico de gallo (or salsa), queso fresco, and sour cream (or Greek yogurt), but feel free to use your favorite toppings!
Six photos showing the steps to make chicken taco meat: marinating the chicken, grilling and chopping.

How to Make

Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, salt and cumin in a small bowl. Pour mixture over chicken thighs and let marinate for 15-30 minutes. You can definitely marinate the chicken longer (even overnight) if you want, but it’s not necessary!

Grill chicken thighs using an indoor or outdoor grill or cook the chicken on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway, until cooked throughout (internal temperature should be 170-175°F). Once cooked, pull chicken from heat and let rest for 3-5 minutes.

Dice chicken thighs into cubes. Place chicken into a warm taco shell and add toppings of choice. Enjoy!

Healthy chicken tacos.

Customize Your Tacos

I love this recipe as is, but feel free to make these tacos your own! Here are some ideas:

  • Spices: Experiment with different spice blends in the marinade, such as chipotle powder, smoked paprika, dried oregano or even a taco seasoning blend.
  • Meat: If you prefer chicken breast you can use that instead of thighs. You can also try using pork, beef or tofu for a different protein option. I also have a ground turkey tacos recipe!
  • Toppings: Feel free to switch up the toppings to your liking. Some ideas: jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, fresh tomatoes, hot sauce, pineapple salsa or shredded lettuce.
  • Tortillas: I prefer to use either flour or corn tortillas, but you can also use a hard shell taco, grain-free tortillas or lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.
  • Cheese: You can skip the cheese altogether if you need a dairy-free option or switch it up and use cheddar, pepper jack or a blend of shredded Mexican cheese.
Chicken tacos in a row on a serving board.

How to Serve Chicken Tacos

These chicken tacos are a meal on their own, but it’s always fun to have a few sides and a festive drink… especially if you’re hosting dinner. Here are some options:

Healthy chicken tacos.

How to Store Leftovers

Store any leftover chicken in an air-tight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Store any leftover toppings in separate containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. For reheating, I recommend warming the chicken over the stovetop to crisp it up a little.

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Healthy Chicken Tacos

These healthy chicken tacos come together in about 30 minutes, making them perfect for busy weeknights. They're packed with flavor and totally customizable!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice, juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • Chopped red onion, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Avocado or guacamole, for serving
  • Salsa or pico de gallo, for serving
  • Queso fresco, for serving
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt, for serving

Instructions 

  • Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, salt and cumin in a small bowl.
    Whisking ingredients into a marinade.
  • Pour marinade over chicken thighs and let marinate for 15-30 minutes.
    Pouring the marinade over the chicken breasts.
  • Grill chicken thighs using an indoor or outdoor grill or cook on the stove top in a cast iron skillet over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway, until cooked throughout (internal temperature should be 170-175°F). Once cooked, pull chicken from heat and let rest for 3-5 minutes.
    Grilling marinated chicken.
  • Dice chicken thighs into cubes. Place chicken into warm taco shell and add toppings of choice.
    Slicing grilled chicken on a cutting board.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 taco w/o toppings | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 692mg | Potassium: 28mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken tacos
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Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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