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The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos

If you are looking for an amazing recipe for chicken tacos, look no further than The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos recipe. You are going to love the flavor of the marinade and the tender juicy chicken!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
marinating time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken, chicken thighs, tacos
Servings: 12
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • grill


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs you can also use boneless skinless breast, just make sure when you are grilling that you don't overcook them.
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • favorite tortillas
  • toppings of choice I used lime marinated cabbage, avocados, and tomatoes. You can use whatever you like!

Lime Marinated Cabbage

  • 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapenos optional if you want a little spice.
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine all the marinade ingredients into a ziplock bag and mix well.
  • Add in your chicken thighs and close the bag.
  • Gently massage the chicken until all the chicken has been covered in the marinade.
  • Place in the fridge and let this marinate at least 12 hours.
  • When you are ready to grill, bring the chicken out to room temp.
  • Heat your grill to 500 degrees.
  • Place the chicken on the grill.
  • Grill for about 5-7 minutes per side. If you are getting flareups, let the lid open and make sure and move the chicken to a cooler spot.
  • Remove the chicken.
  • Cube the chicken, cutting off all the fat. I wait to the end to do this as the fat adds so much flavor when grilling.
  • Now, make your tacos as you like.
  • IF you have extra meat, it holds well in the fridge (airtight container) for up to 7 days. It is delicious for tacos, but also on buddha bowls, salads, etc.

Marinated Cabbage

  • I like to make the cabbage early so it has time to marinate. Mix all ingredients then add salt and pepper to taste. It is really simple to do!