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Grilled Chicken Tacos

These delicious grilled chicken tacos are the perfect quick and easy summer dinner! They're packed with freshness, citrus, and just the slightest kick of heat-- not to mention a bit of smoke flavor from the grill. This is a meal the entire family will love!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Grilled Chicken Tacos
Servings: 2
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Sydney @ About Dinner Thyme


For the Chicken

  • 1 Chicken Leg Quarter (or substitute 2 breasts or thighs)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced (about 1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp prepared taco seasoning* (or homemade, if that's your thing)
  • 1 tsp Chipolte Lime seasoning* (or sub another tsp of taco seasoning)

For Garnish (all optional)

  • 6 street taco sized flour tortillas
  • 1 lime (cut into wedges)
  • cotija cheese
  • avocado slices
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream
  • parsley or cilantro


Marinate the Chicken

  • Combine all of the ingredients (except the chicken) in a small bowl to create a paste. Rub the paste over both sides of the chicken. Place it in an airtight container in the frige to marinate-- as little as five minutes to as long as four hours.

Grill the Chicken

  • Preheat your grill to 500°F.
  • Grill the chicken over medium high heat, flipping it ever 3-4 minutes to ensure it cooks evenly all around. Be careful-- the oil in the marinate may cause the flames to flare up. Use long tongs to move the chicken! (Note: the oil will also cause the skin on the outside of the chicken to char. It will become blackened and may look burnt-- don't worry. It's supposed to!)
  • Approximate Cook Times: Bonless Chicken Breasts (10 minutes), Bone-In Chicken Thighs (20 minutes), Bone-In Chicken Leg Quarters (25 minutes.
  • Optional: Grill tortillas over medium-high heat for 15 seconds per side. A warm grilled tortilla will make your taocs extra delicous!


  • Shred the chicken using two forks (be careful, it will be hot)! Serve with your favorite garnishes.


*I use pre-made seasonings because I find them easier and more convenient for quick recipes like this one. I opt for McCormick Original Taco Seasoning and Trader Joe's Chipotle Lime Blend. If you do not have pre-made seasonings, you can find great recipes for them below.  
Homemade Taco Seasoning from All Recipes
Chipotle Lime Seasoning from PepperScale


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg