How To Make Taco Recipe Chicken Easy

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Chicken tacos are a weeknight dinner hero, a potluck champion, and a blank canvas for endless flavor combinations. This recipe provides a base that’s bursting with fresh, authentic taste, ready to be customized to your preferences. In under 30 minutes, you can have a delicious and satisfying meal on the table.

Ingredients:

Easy Chicken Tacos
Easy Chicken Tacos

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, fire-roasted preferred (undrained)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Taco Fixings:

    Corn tortillas, warmed

  • Chopped white onion
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sliced avocado
  • Crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese
  • Lime wedges
  • Your favorite salsa or hot sauce

  • Optional Add-Ins:

    Black beans, rinsed and drained

  • Corn, drained
  • Chopped bell peppers
  • Shredded lettuce

  • Instructions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side.
    2. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. Add diced onion to the pan and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
    3. Add diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper to the pan. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
    4. Pour in chicken broth and return cooked chicken to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
    5. While the mixture simmers, warm your tortillas according to package instructions.
    6. To assemble tacos, spoon chicken mixture onto warmed tortillas. Top with desired toppings like chopped onion, cilantro, avocado, cheese, lime wedges, salsa, or hot sauce.

    Nutritional Facts:

    (Per serving, without toppings)

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 35g

  • Please note: These are approximate nutritional values and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Conclusion:

    This recipe offers a versatile base for your next taco night. Feel free to adjust the spice level, add your favorite vegetables, or swap the chicken for another protein like ground beef, shredded pork, or even tofu. With endless topping possibilities, these tacos are sure to become a family favorite.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts?

    Absolutely! Chicken thighs are a great option for tacos as they tend to be more flavorful and juicy than breasts. Cook them according to the same instructions, adjusting the cooking time slightly if needed.

    2. What can I use if I don’t have fire-roasted tomatoes?

    Regular diced tomatoes will work just fine. You can also add a teaspoon of smoked paprika for a touch of smoky flavor.

    3. How can I make these tacos vegetarian?

    Simply omit the chicken and add a can of drained and rinsed black beans or another protein substitute like lentils or crumbled tempeh.

    4. What are some other topping ideas?

    The possibilities are endless! Try adding pickled red onions, crumbled feta cheese, a dollop of Greek yogurt, or a drizzle of crema.

    5. How can I store leftover taco filling?

    Let the filling cool completely before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop before serving.