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Quick and Easy Chicken Taco Recipe

Updated on April 6, 2017

Chicken Tacos are a Healthy Meal

Easy and Delicious Chicken Tacos
Easy and Delicious Chicken Tacos

A Delicious Quick and Easy Meal

If you are like me, I always seem to be short of time. We stay busy doing so many things these days, we just can't seem to get it all done timely. You look up and all of a sudden you realize that it is past time to start something for dinner! Then comes the decision, "What am I going to cook?" You want to feed your family a good nutritious meal, but sometimes that just takes so long and you really don't want to run by some "fast food" place again!

Here is a quick and easy recipe for delicious chicken tacos that is nutritious and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. This recipe makes enough for about 6 tacos and of course, you can double if needed.


Ingredients

2 chicken breasts, cut in strips

No fat/low fat cooking spray

¼ cup mild chunky salsa

¼ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon garlic salt

¼ cup copped onion

½ cup chopped tomatoes

1 cup shredded lettuce

1 cup grated cheese

Taco shells or corn tortillas – 6

½ cup canola oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Low fat sour cream, avocado slices optional, but good!


Chicken Breasts

Cooked Chicken Breast
Cooked Chicken Breast | Source

Directions

I like to keep boneless, skinless chicken breast in my freezer. It comes in very handy so often and it doesn’t take long to “semi”-thaw out in the microwave, just don’t overdo it! I find it easier to slice the chicken into strips when it is semi-thawed. Spray your skillet with enough no fat cooking spray to just coat the bottom of it. Heat the skillet and add the chicken strips. Cook until juice is no longer pink, add salt and pepper. Drain off any remaining oil or water. Set aside to let in cool as you are going to pull it apart or ‘shred’ it.


Grated Cheese

Grated Cheese
Grated Cheese | Source


While the chicken is cooling off, is when I grate my cheese, shred the lettuce and chop the onion and tomatoes.


Stewed Tomatoes

Shredded chicken
Shredded chicken | Source


After you have shredded the chicken put it back in the skillet and put on low. Add cumin, garlic salt and either stewed tomatoes or mild salsa. I usually use salsa, as it adds more of a Mexican flavor, and we make our own. (Recipe link below.) Drain off most of the liquid first. Cover and let this cook on low while you make your taco shells.


Corn Tortillas


For your taco shells, you can buy pre-made shells if you like, but I prefer to cook my own. Pour oil into skillet and heat on medium high until hot. Add corn tortillas one at a time. Place tortilla into hot oil until just getting crispy then turn over and cook other side, just until getting crispy. You want to be able to fold the tortilla after you take it out, so don’t fry it too long. Have paper towels ready to place cooked tortilla on as you take it out of the skillet. Place another paper towel on top and press to remove most of the oil. Now fold tortilla in half and set aside. Repeat this until you have cooked all the tortillas.


Avocado


Add the chicken to your freshly cooked taco shells and add chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onion and cheese. If you would like, you can add low fat sour cream or avocado slices. I prefer mine with both! You can serve alone or with Spanish rice.

Note: I always had a hard time putting sour cream on my tacos without just "blobbing" it on. A fast and easy way to add sour cream is to put desired amount of sour cream into a snack size zip lock bag. Cut one of the bottom corners and now your can squeeze the sour cream out of the bag.



We know that chicken is low in fat and you can use your preference as to the cooking oil. Be sure to as much of the oil out of the tortillas as possible with the paper towels. Tomatoes and salsa are also very nutritious also. You are using low-fat cheese and sour cream to reduce calories and fat. Avocados are high is omega 3s. Fast, easy and nutritious, what more could you ask for!


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    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Patricia! I always fry on shell really crispy and eat it while I am cooking the rest of them. (Don't tell!) LOL I love home made taco shells, they are so much better. I grew up just a few miles from the Mexican border in El Paso, so I grew up on Mexican food. I love it! I hope you enjoy my recipe. Thank you for stopping by and of course the pin and angels! Have a wonderful day! :)

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you Au fait! They really are easy to make and so good! I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for stopping in and the pinning and share. You know I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a great day! :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love these. I too like to cook my own shells. There is just something special about the flavor.

      Actually I could a Mexican night more than one night a week. This is just perfect too..quick, easy, and tasty.

      thanks for sharing. Pinned

      angels are on the way

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      This caught my eye again tonight. Hungry and haven't eaten all day and the photo of these tacos looks so scrumptious! I would still take the shortcuts of purchasing already shredded cheese and chopped onions, but otherwise I would follow your directions to the letter. Pinning this great recipe to my ' Snacks & Sandwiches' board. Will also share with my followers.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Au fait! I always assumed that the pre-shredded cheese would be more expensive. I will have to compare some prices now! You can always buy pre-cooked chicken strips to save time too. We love this recipe. I really prefer chicken tacos to beef. To me, a little avocado and sour cream, just tops these off wonderfully. Thank you for your useful comment, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Did you know you can buy several kinds of cheeses already shredded and they cost no more than the block cheese you shred yourself? And shredded lettuce and chopped onions are available in the produce dept. too. The lettuce costs little more, but the onion is pretty expensive for the amount you get (about 1 cup). Still, it saves time.

      This recipe looks great and the photo looks yummy too. Think I was drawn to this hub in part because I saw the photo and it made me hungry. I love avocados too. This could be a quick easy yummy meal. The best kind . . .

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello twig22bend! Thank you. I hope you enjoy my chicken taco recipe. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day! :)

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      twig22bend 

      5 years ago

      Sounds delicious. I must try your taco recipe with chicken. Thanks for sharing.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Elizabeth! No need to apologize. I am glad to hear that you liked the recipe. You spoil yourself all you want to girl, I'm sure you deserve it! Thank you for letting me know and the up and share! Have a great day my friend! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      5 years ago from California

      I printed out your recipe and tried about two weeks ago. I apologize for not getting back sooner to let you know how they came out... let me say... Y-U-M-M-Y!!!!! The only thing I changed up was that I used olive oil instead of the canola.. I'm partial to my olive oil... call me spoiled! lol Fabulous Sheila!!!! Thumbs up and shared...♥

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Suzie! Glad you found this hub also. I hope both enjoy! Thank you for your comments. I always enjoy hearing from you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      YUMMMMMM . . . . . . . sound delicious sg, would love some now!!

      Thanks so much, great job. voted up and more!!!

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello ishwaryaa22! If you can get corn tortillas where you are, you have it made! Lightly fry them and put in the chicken mixture with the vegetable and you will be hooked! I also did a recipe for shrimp tacos that is really good too! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, vote and share! It is greatly appreciated! Have wonderful day!!!

    • ishwaryaa22 profile image

      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      A yummy recipe! I always wanted to try tacos. I like eating fresh vegetables and chicken is one of my favorite foods. Your directions are clearly explained. An engaging recipe hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello KoffeeKlatch Gals! I hope you like the chicken tacos, we love them! If you like avocado, I think that just tops them off! Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Sounds delicious. I can't wait to try your recipe. Great job.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Carol. I'm so glad you liked my recipe and it gave some ideas. Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great day!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Lovely recipe especially with all the photos. I got some ideas from you for my next taco dinner. Thanks again.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello dobo700. It's really a very simple recipe and delicious. I do hope you try it. Thank you for your comment, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)

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      dobo700 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Sound nice, will have to giv it a go

      Thanks :)

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello skye2day. Cooking is not my favorite chore either. There are just so many other things I would like to be doing. I am pretty much into quick and easy recipes. There are some really great cooks here at HubPages. Thank you for such a wonderful comment! I hope you like the blueberry banana pie too! Have a wonderful day !!!

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Angela. Get ready, you will be making it often! Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting! Have a wonderful day!

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Peggy! There is just so much you can do with chicken breast! Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you try my recipe, I think you will really like it! Thanks for the vote and share, you know I appreciate you! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      skye2day 

      6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Oh wow I like this. My kind of cooking. Fast, Healthy, low cost to make!! I never did cook a corn tortilla. I never knew how! Cooking not my favorite chore! We got to eat though. tee hee. Thank you. I get allot or recipes on the hubs of love. Great cooks on these here pages.

      Like the banana blueberry pie. I can handle that one too. I will return. Happy eating. Love ya.

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh I am so going to make this for dinner!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Like you, we keep chicken breast meat in the freezer also. We purchase bags of chicken strips at Costco. They are a bit thinner than the breasts and thaw more quickly. Easy to assemble a meal such as the one you featured in this hub. Your chicken taco recipe sounds like a winner! Useful vote and shared.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Bobski606. I am "into" quick and easy these days. So much to do, now that I am "retired"! I hope you really enjoy this recipe. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)

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      Bobby 

      6 years ago from U.K

      Nice and quick and easy! I'll have to give this one a go.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello cattleboyz. Thank you for your kind comment. I just visited your website and will have to keep an eye out for some of your B-B-Q sauce and rubs. We love to barbeque around here. Thanks for the vote! Have a great day! :)

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Your welcome vespawoolf! I hope you enjoy it. This is something I will make when I am in a bit of a hurry for dinner. Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, this sounds delicious and nutritious! I'll definitely try it....thanks.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi barbergirl28. Shredding the chicken and adding the picante sauce makes moister. I don't like dry chicken. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on this hub. I appreciate your sharing also! Have a wonderful evening! :)

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This sounds absolutely delicious. I am definitely going to have to give this a try. Just the other night I made homemade chicken fajitas. I never thought about shredding the chicken though and making it this way. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. I am always looking for a good recipe!

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Brett.Tesol! I'm glad you found my hub. I hope you enjoy the chicken tacos. Thank you for sharing and voting. Have a great day!

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      As I love chicken tacos, and I'm a very lazy Cook, this hub was great to find! Tacos always remind me of Tennerife strangely lol.

      Thanks for SHARING. Tweeted and voted.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you Jenna! I hope you enjoy it! :)

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      @wordmasher - again, thank you! She and I both. I love Mexican food! Let me know how she likes it! :)

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      wordmasher 

      6 years ago from USA

      My wife could just about eat Mexican Food 3 times a day. I am sure she will be interested in this one. Well written with easy to follow directions.

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      holdmycoffee 

      6 years ago

      Good and detailed hub! Like!

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      @Jenna, thank you for your kind comment, it is greatly appreciated!

      @CookwareBliss, thank you also for nice comment and your recipe! I will be trying that this week-end, I'm sure it is going to be very good!

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      CookwareBliss 

      6 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      I will have to try out this recipe :) I have a recipe you may like that my mom use to make all the time, try it out and let me know what you think! Happy hubbing :)

      https://hubpages.com/food/Taco-Skillet

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      Jenna 

      6 years ago

      Awesome recipe!!

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