24 Chicken Tacos That Will Knock Your Socks Off 

July 15, 2024
Written by Kristy J. Norton

If you love chicken tacos, then you are in for a treat! You are going to find so many different types of chicken taco recipes here. From quick and simple to complex and creative, there is something for everyone. Discover which chicken taco dish you should prepare next! 

Chicken Tacos

1. Grilled Chicken Tacos

The key to making these grilled chicken tacos taste out of this world is to marinate the chicken in delicious spices for as long as possible. Then it is just a matter of grilling the chicken to perfection and assembling your taco with desired toppings! Marinate ahead of time and make this a weeknight meal. 

Get the recipe here.

Grilled Chicken Tacos

2. Baked Chicken Tacos

Since you are using already cooked chicken, there is very little prep work for this recipe. Once you have created your chicken-tomato taco base, just fill up the taco shells and pop them in the oven until they are done. This is the perfect weeknight meal! 

Get the recipe here.

Baked Chicken Tacos

3. Stovetop Chicken Tacos 

This recipe is ideal for when you don’t want to deal with your grill or your oven. Instead, make the delicious chicken stuffing right there on your stovetop. Best of all, these tacos come together in less than half an hour and it is easy to make them in a large batch. 

Get the recipe here.

Stovetop Chicken Tacos

4. Crispy Chicken Tacos

These chicken tacos are a great way to make your tacos a little extra crunchy when using flour tortillas. The secret to getting this right is to fry up the tortillas with some cheese. Not only does the cheese get nice and gooey but the tacos crisp up for some added texture. 

Get the recipe here.

Crispy Chicken Tacos

5. Hawaiian Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa 

This is a tropical and tasty take on chicken tacos. Here, you cook the chicken with delicious ingredients like pineapple, cilantro, jalapeno, and more. And, then, when assembling the tacos you drizzle on some of that creamy jalapeno sauce! 

Get the recipe here.

Hawaiian Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

6. Grilled Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa 

Want to add a new twist to your chicken tacos? Well, this is the perfect way to do it. The lightly seasoned, grilled chicken is complimented by a fresh cabbage slaw and a mango peach salsa. The flavors in these tacos are light, bright, and refreshing! 

Get the recipe here.

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa

7. Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos with Peach Salsa 

This is another chicken taco that steps things up in terms of flavor. The seasoned chicken is paired with a sprightly peach salsa and then topped off with a cilantro lime crema. It is the perfect balance of smokiness, sweetness, tartness, and creaminess! 

Get the recipe here.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos with Peach Salsa

8. Blackened Chicken Tacos

Blackening the tacos on the stovetop before cooking in the oven adds an intense depth to the spice rubbed chicken. To ensure that the flavors from the chicken aren’t too overpowering, top these tacos off with the delicious cabbage avocado slaw! 

Get the recipe here.

Blackened Chicken Tacos

9. Pulled Chicken Tacos with Seasoned Taco Shells

What better way to guarantee that you get a burst of flavor with every bite than to have perfectly cooked pulled chicken and seasoned taco shells? With these chicken tacos, the chicken is simmered in a delicious tomato sauce and then served up in taco shells that have been rolled in even more seasonings!

Get the recipe here.

Pulled Chicken Tacos with Seasoned Taco Shells

10. Healthy Chicken Tacos 

Chicken tacos are delicious but sometimes all that filling and toppings can cause the calories to add up. If you are looking for something just a little lighter then this is the recipe for you! This healthy tacos are just the thing if you aren’t looking to sacrifice any flavor. 

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Chicken Tacos

11. Crockpot Chicken Tacos 

This recipe is great for when you want set it and forget it chicken tacos. Just add the chicken and all the seasonings to the crockpot and let it cook for about four hours. When it’s done, just shred the chicken and pile into tacos along with whatever toppings you like. 

Get the recipe here.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

12. Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos

Don’t worry, you wont get tipsy off of these chicken tacos but you sure are going to be going back for more! The chicken is marinated in a gorgeous tequila lime and then topped off with crunchy veggies, avocado slices, and cotija cheese. Perfection! 

Get the recipe here.

Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos

13. Ground Chicken Tacos 

There is a lot to love about these ground chicken tacos. First off, the seasoning is spread across every bit of the chicken ensuring that you get tons of flavor in every bite. Also, the ground meat cooks more quickly, making these tacos perfect for weekday meals. 

Get the recipe here.

Ground Chicken Tacos 

14. Street Corn Chicken Tacos

These flavor filled chicken tacos are a treat with every bite. The super seasoned grilled chicken is topped off with grilled street corn, refreshing salsa, and a cashew sauce drizzle. It is a great way to put your cooking skills to the test and wake up those taste buds! 

Get the recipe here.

Street Corn Chicken Tacos

15. Chicken Taco Skillet 

Looking for a different take on your chicken tacos? Then, try this skillet recipe! Here, you cook the shredded chicken and the rice in a single pot, and then add lots of cheese into the mix. You can scoop out this delicious combo with crispy tortillas although nacho chips are the way to go here! 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Taco Skillet 

16. Chicken Taco Casserole 

This chicken taco casserole lets you enjoy all the delicious flavors of tacos with a lot less fuss. As an added bonus, the beans and peppers are also cooked at the same time as the chicken, ensuring that you get a whole meal with minimum effort. Oh, and it is all topped off with cheese and served with tortilla chips! 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Taco Casserole 

17. Smoked Chicken Tacos

Smoked chicken really takes these tacos to the next level. Here, you let the smoking process add all the flavor to the meat. To ensure that it really stands out, keep the rest of the ingredients super simple.  

Get the recipe here.

Smoked Chicken Tacos

18. Chicken Birria Tacos 

If you love birria tacos but prefer the taste of chicken, then this is the recipe for you! These tacos are saucy, flavorful, and offer delight with every bite. Best of all, they are a lot quicker to prepare than traditional birria recipes! 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Birria Tacos

19. Chinga Tinga Tacos 

These chicken tacos get a boost of flavor from the fire roasted tomatoes and the chiles in adobo sauce. This filling goes best with avocado, cilantro, and cotija cheese. Oh, and since you are using cooked chicken, the tacos take just 20 minutes to whip up! 

Get the recipe here.

Chinga Tinga Tacos

20. Chipotle Chicken Tacos 

The Chipotle powder along with the other seasonings make the chicken in these tacos incredibly tasty. It is made even better with the simple and spicy and the lime crema. To make these tacos extra crispy, brown the tortillas on either side after they have been stuffed. 

Get the recipe here.

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

21. Fried Chicken Tacos 

Chicken tacos are perfect, but fried chicken tacos are otherworldly. Here you marinate the chicken in buttermilk before frying it. You can then top up your tacos as you like. Just make sure to add the garlic ranch dressing included in this recipe. 

Get the recipe here.

Fried Chicken Tacos

22. Chicken Tacos Al Pastor 

The chicken is marinated in a delicious marinade and then baked along with pineapple chunks. You can balance out these flavors with some fresh veggies or herbs. However you should definitely include the avocado dressing in this recipe. 

Get the recipe here.

Chicken Tacos Al Pastor

23. BBQ Chicken Tacos 

These chicken tacos go hard with the BBQ flavor. Not only is the chicken rubbed down with smoked paprika, it is then smothered in barbecue sauce! To keep the BBQ theme going, top up these tacos with corn. 

Get the recipe here.

BBQ Chicken Tacos

24. Buffalo Chicken Tacos 

Not only is the chicken for these tacos cooked in buffalo sauce, but you also dip the tortillas in the sauce as well! This results in a spicy, saucy, and flavorful taco. Top with cheese for some additional gooeyness. 

Get the recipe here.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Well, there you go – all the chicken taco recipes you could possibly want! You can now take your love of chicken tacos to a whole new level. Go ahead and give each one of them a try! 

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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