Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa
These cilantro lime chicken tacos are the BOMB! This is the recipe that I raved about in Friday’s mango avocado salsa post. If you like chicken and tacos, then you will love this recipe. These tacos were actually rated a 10+ in my house. Everyone had 2 tacos, and some people (I’m not mentioning names) wanted a third. You know when people ask for thirds at dinner, then you have yourself a winner recipe! The chicken is so moist and flavorful from the cilantro lime marinade, and then top it with the mango avocado salsa, and BAMM, you have yourself an amazing taco!
This recipe is super easy to make, and pretty much a make-ahead meal, perfect for entertaining. You can marinate the chicken in the morning and then just grill it up that evening (don’t marinate it for more than 6 hours though). The mango avocado salsa literally takes 5 minutes to whip up.
cilantro lime chicken tacos with mango avocado salsa:
recipe adapted from for the love of cooking
serves 4 to 6
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat
- juice and zest of 3 limes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 small red onion or 1/2 of a large red onion, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- package of whole grain corn tortillas
- cotija cheese or queso fresco
Prep all of your ingredients.
Chop up your cilantro, zest and juice up your limes, mince your garlic and chop your red onion into small chunks.
You can either mince your red onion by throwing it into a food processor or mince it by hand. I find it easier to just throw it in the processor, and let it do the work.
In a medium bowl, mix together the lime zest and juice, olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, minced red onion, red pepper flakes, chopped cilantro and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Put the chicken breasts into a ziploc bag and pour in the mixture. Zip up the bag, and give it a couple of shakes to make sure that all of the chicken breasts are evenly coated.
Put the bagged chicken in the refrigerator and let it marinate for 2-4 hours or up to 6 hours.
Note: I wouldn’t recommend marinating the chicken breasts for more than 6 hours, as they will get a bit rubbery. If you want to make this a true make ahead meal and marinate it for more than 6 hours, then you can pick up some boneless chicken thighs. They will take in the marinade beautifully and can handle marinating overnight or for more than 6 hours.
Once the chicken has marinated, call upon your grill master to get the grill nice and hot.
Grill the chicken breasts about 7 minutes per side, or until thoroughly cooked (when they reach an internal temp of 165 degrees). Chicken breasts vary is size so it usually takes longer than 7 minutes per side, that is why I always test my chicken with a meat thermometer.
Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes, and then slice the chicken breasts into thin slices.
While the chicken is resting, toss the tortillas on the grill, and grill them until slightly charred and pliable, about 20 seconds per side.
These tacos are not complete without the mango avocado salsa, seriously, it adds so much flavor.
Top each tortilla with the sliced chicken, mango avocado salsa, cotija cheese or queso fresco and some fresh cilantro. My kids honestly loved this dish. The chicken was super flavorful, and topped with the mango salsa, it was a real treat.