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The Easiest Chicken Tacos

Learn how to make the best Easy Chicken Tacos. Make a simple and quick taco filling with chicken breasts and taco seasoning. Grab your favorite taco toppings fast because this meal is ready in under 10 minutes, perfect for family taco night!

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Easy Chicken Tacos being made in a cast iron pan, saucy chicken pieces covered in seasoning.

Quick Chicken Tacos

Tacos are a family meal staple. I think everyone I know makes some sort of tacos on a regular basis for dinner.

Tacos are a dinner regular for a good reason, they are generally quick to make, easy, and delicious. And these Quick Chicken Tacos are no exception to that.

The best chicken taco filling inside a tortilla next to cilantro.

What You Need For Chicken Tacos

Lucky for you you don’t need a lot for this recipe! You will want:

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Taco Seasoning <– My own recipe (way better than store bought)
  • Tortillas and your favorite taco garnishes

For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.

Ingredients on a table for easy chicken tacos, chicken breasts and a jar of taco seasoning.

You will also need a cutting board and knife for cutting the chicken. A bowl and measuring spoons. And a large pan, a little bit of cooking oil, and spatula for cooking.

I personally love making these chicken tacos in my cast iron pan, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, my cast iron is one of my favorite things in my kitchen. If you don’t have one yet I recommend it, they literally last forever and can be used for so many different types of recipes. And they are available on Amazon for a pretty decent price considering you will never have to replace it:

How To Make The Best Chicken Tacos

Dice the chicken breasts into small pieces, remember you will want this to be small enough to be taco filling so cut the chicken into roughly ½-¾ inch (1½ cm) cubes, don’t stress if they aren’t all exact.

Transfer the cut chicken to a bowl. Add the taco seasoning and mix to coat the chicken. 

two photos showing step by step instructions of mixing cut chicken and taco seasoning together.

Let the chicken rest for a few minutes while you bring a large pan to medium-high heat. Once hot lightly grease the pan. Add the seasoned chicken to the hot pan. 

Cook the chicken 5 to 7 minutes, stirring the chicken around every couple minutes.

Chicken is done when an internal temperate reaches 165ºF and juices run clear. Remove from heat and let rest 3 to 5 minutes.

Use as a filling in warm tortillas topped with your favorite garnishes.

close up in a cast iron pan of chicken taco filling being made and scooped with a wooden spoon.
Chicken tacos on a serving board topped with cheddar cheese and diced tomatoes.

A few things to note: 

  • This recipe may be doubled easily but be aware that because you are adding more chicken more liquid will build up in the pan while cooking meaning the chicken most likely won’t brown on the outside. 
  • I hope it goes without saying but you can totally use this chicken on things besides tacos. Try it on nachos, in quesadillas, burritos, on a pizza?! This would even make a great meal prep option!
Close up of chicken tacos in four tortillas on a platter next to some sliced limes.

More questions, tips, & tricks:

Really short on time?

I have had a lot of success with cutting the chicken and adding the taco seasoning and letting it rest in the fridge for a few hours until I am ready to use. Many times I prep it during my lunch break and it is literally ready to throw on the stovetop for dinner.

What are some good side dishes that go with Chicken Tacos?

Some great side options are healthy refried beans (Slow Cooker Refried Beans or Pressure Cooker Refried Beans), Mexican Rice, a Simple Spinach Salad, or roasted veggies like Baby Potatoes or Broccoli are all good options!

Also if you are looking for great garnishes check out my Greek Yogurt Southwest Sauce or my Restaurant Style Salsa.

Also don’t forget to add a Hibiscus Margarita!

hand holding a taco over a plate filled with chicken, tomatoes, cheese, and sauces.
My Southwest Sauce is pictured here.

Looking for more taco inspired recipes for Taco Tuesday? You might like these:

Easy chicken taco filling in a cart iron pan with a wooden spoon scooping the filling.

Easy Chicken Tacos

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Quick and easy chicken taco filling, just two ingredients and dinner is ready in under 10 minutes! Perfect for family Taco Tuesday night!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • tortillas and your favorite taco garnishes

Instructions

  1. Dice chicken into small pieces, remember you will want this to be small enough to be taco filling so cut the chicken into roughly ½-¾ inch (1½ cm) cubes, don't stress if they aren't all exact. Transfer the cut chicken to a bowl. Add the taco seasoning and mix to coat the chicken.
  2. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes while you bring a large pan to medium-high heat. Once hot lightly grease the pan. Add the chicken.
  3. Cook the chicken 5 to 7 minutes, Stirring the chicken around every couple minutes. Chicken is done when an internal temperate reaches 165ºF and juices run clear. Remove from heat and let rest 3 to 5 minutes. Use as your filling in tortillas topped with your favorite garnishes.

Notes

Homemade Taco Seasoning is so easy to make, click the link in the ingredients list to be taken to my simple recipe. Although in a pinch storebought taco seasoning may be used.

This recipe may be doubled easily but be aware that because you are adding more chicken more liquid will build up in the pan while cooking meaning the chicken most likely won't brown on the outside.

Consider adding my Greek Yogurt Southwest Sauce to top your chicken tacos!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ of the dish/8oz of chicken
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 476mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 71g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made. *Nutrition includes taco filling only*

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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