Chicken Taco Recipes

Let your chicken cook all day in a slow cooker, shred your leftover chicken, or fire up the grill. These flavorful chicken tacos make an easy and inexpensive way to feed you family.

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Chicken Tacos

Rating: 4 stars 334
This chicken tacos recipe is quick and easy--perfect for those nights when you don't have a lot of time for dinner preparations.

Sarah's Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Filling

Rating: 4.5 stars 127
Quick taco filling with shredded chicken simmered in a spiced tomato sauce.

Ranch Chicken Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 165
These ranch chicken tacos are a great change from regular Mexican-style tacos. A quick, cool summer dinner made with leftover rotisserie chicken. Naturally, you can use any type of chicken cooked the way you like; just be sure to shred it for real tacos.

Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 7
These chicken tacos with homemade pineapple salsa are quickly assembled once you've marinated the chicken. The actual grill time is only about 6 minutes.

Instant Pot® Chicken Mole Tacos

This super-simple and authentic-tasting mole requires an Instant Pot® and a bottled mole simmer sauce. You will cut hours off of prep and cook time, and your family will rave over this fantastic Mexican dish. You can also serve this as a chicken taco bowl.

Shiner® Bock Shredded Chicken Tacos

Rating: 4 stars 1
Splendidly flavored shredded chicken tacos that are sure to delight the entire family with this take on a classic Mexican dish. Garnish with avocado and hot sauce as desired.

Basic Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Rating: 4 stars 1
This is very basic. My husband isn't a fan of veggies in things, so if you add onions and peppers even better! It can get very spicy so this isn't a dish for bland food lovers - even the 'mild' ways to cook it have a bite.

Mango-Lime Shredded Chicken Tacos

Rating: 5 stars 10
I put a little spin on a family favorite. While this chicken filling is simmering I fry my corn tortillas until they are nice and crispy! If you like sweet and spicy together, this is a great dinner idea! Fill shells with chicken, lettuce, tomato, fresh cilantro, and your choice of hot sauce. Enjoy!

Instant Pot® Chicken Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Shredded chicken for tacos made simple thanks to the Instant Pot ®. Add your favorite toppings like shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, chopped tomato, chopped onion, cilantro, sour cream, jalapeno, and guacamole.

Traditional Mexican Street Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
These mini tacos are great for a quick and easy meal or as an appetizer. These little dynamites are my favorite because they are packed with flavor and look great too!

Chef John's Chicken Tinga

Rating: 5 stars 53
"The flavor was perfect for our taco Tuesday." – vero 

Baja Grilled Chicken Tacos

Rating: 5 stars 4
I modified this taco recipe for a party of 40, and it was a huge hit. Thighs are a good substitute for chicken breasts, especially with marinating and grilling. They do not dry out as quickly and are very forgiving. Fill warm tortillas with sauteed chicken and serve with your choice of garnishes and black bean and corn salad.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken Taco Filling
Rating: Unrated 251
"Easy, inexpensive, healthy, delicious and the kids love it! When I take it out of the slow cooker to shred it, my kids line up like baby birds and eat it while I'm shredding it." – annie
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Chicken Wonton Tacos
Rating: 4 stars 60

Light and tasty, these make a great appetizer or a quick and easy main dish! Kids love them! Finally a dish that makes use of ground chicken but not so far-fetched. I bake the wonton wrappers to save time and it eliminates most of the fat. Although time-consuming, you can fry wrappers in sesame or olive oil for the extra flaky shells, folded in a triangle for about 1 minute on each side. I loved the ones at Applebee's® and decided to attempt a home version. I was extremely pleased with the healthier version! Top tacos with cilantro, red onion, or sweet onion, if desired. Serve lime wedges on the side.