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The BEST Easy Chicken Tacos

These simple yet flavorful chicken tacos are easy to make and filled with super juicy and delicious chicken! Perfect for weeknight meals and makes great leftovers!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings (3 tacos each)
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Isabel Eats


For the marinade

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 limes, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)

For the tacos

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 24 corn tortillas
  • pico de gallo or your favorite salsa (optional)
  • queso fresco or your favorite cheese (optional)


  • In a large bowl, baking dish or freezer bag, add all the ingredients for the marinade. Mix together to fully combine.
  • Add chicken thighs to marinade and toss together to coat. Cover chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken to the skillet with tongs and cook 5-7 minutes per side, until fully cooked through. Discard the used marinade.
  • Transfer chicken to cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. While chicken is resting, warm up the corn tortillas on a hot griddle or in the microwave.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks and serve in warm tortillas with salsa and cheese.



The longest I recommend marinating the chicken in the mixture is up to 2 hours. Since it's made with lime juice and vinegar, the texture of the chicken can start to change if you leave it in any longer. If you want to prep it beforehand and let it marinate overnight, I recommend making the marinade without the vinegar and lime juice. Then 2 hours before cooking, you can add in those two ingredients.
*If you don't have ancho chili powder, use more regular chili powder.
To make paleo: use lettuce wraps or paleo-friendly tortillas

Nutritional information does not include optional salsa and cheese toppings.
Nutrition Facts
The BEST Easy Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving (3 tacos)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 565mg24%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 3tacos | Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.3mg