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Chicken Tacos with Chunky Avocado Salsa

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Chicken Tacos with Chunky Avocado Salsa

We eat chicken tacos at least a couple of times a week at our house.  They’re a great easy recipe that takes very little effort to make.  Chicken tacos are also a great dish that can be easily switched up by simply changing the seasonings you add to your meat or the toppings on your taco.  It’s a really versatile dish that can be made over 100 different ways, depending on what you have in the kitchen.

For today’s recipe, we’re sharing our simple go-to chicken tacos recipe.  This is the recipe we make when we want to whip up something effortless, and still have an amazing meal.  It’s simple, but so incredibly delicious.

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Fresh Produce for the Best Chicken Tacos

One of the most important things to remember when making delicious tacos is to focus on fresh produce.  Under-ripened or over-ripened produce is never going to produce the best taco.  

The more you buy fresh produce you use, the better you’ll get at figuring out what’s ready to use and what’s not.  So use fresh produce often.  There are lots of great tips online about how to pick the right produce, so be sure to look those up too.  YouTube is an excellent resource.

If you love great, healthy recipes and tasty food, you’ll love this chicken tacos recipe.  My husband and I have perfected it together over the years and it has become a staple in our home.  We eat them at least once a week!

Try them for yourselves!  We’re sure you’ll love them.

Chicken Tacos with Chunky Avocado Salsa

Chicken Tacos with Chunky Avocado Salsa

Yield: 12 tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Delicious crispy chicken tacos in less than 30-minutes, topped with chunky avocado salsa and drizzled with fresh lime juice. This is a great fast, easy, healthy taco recipe for lunch or weeknight dinners.

Ingredients

  • 4 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (use as needed
  • 2 large, ripe avocados
  • 1/2 large onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 medium limes, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°.
  2. Sprinkle olive oil and then salt generously over both sides of each chicken breast. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and sprinkle half of garlic powder only on top of the chicken. Place on middle oven rack.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear. Flip chicken and sprinkle remaining garlic powder on the other side. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes. Let chicken set until cooled. Place chicken breast in a large bowl and use two forks to pull apart and shred chicken meat.
  4. In a large saute pan, use a small amount of oil to saute diced onions until translucent. Add shredded chicken and cook until the edges of the meat are slightly golden brown. This gives the meat a beautiful crispy texture, similar to carnitas.
  5. Remove from heat and cover pan to keep in juices while preparing avocado salsa.
  6. Start by halving the avocados and removing the pits. Hold half of an avocado in the palm of your hand and then slice vertically and then horizontally to dice the avocados inside their skins. Scoop out the avocado cubes with a spoon and add to your mixing bowl.
  7. Next, finely dice 1/2 of a large onion and add that to your bowl.
  8. Cut the stems from your cilantro. Roll the leafy stalks of cilantro into a ball and rough chop. Make sure you chop the cilantro with your knife several times to release all of the flavor and aroma. Add to your avocado salsa.
  9. Next, squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lime.
  10. Stir thoroughly until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Season with garlic and salt.


To Serve:

Warm corn tortillas on a comal or in a skillet until soft and pliable.  If you like, you can add a small amount of oil to lightly fry your tortillas and make them even more flavorful.  

Fill tortillas with chicken and top with desired amount of the avocado salsa.  Garnish with fresh lime wedges and a drizzle of salsa verde or serve with condiments of your choice.

Want to try this recipe another way?  Consider topping your chicken tacos with a fresh mango salsa, roasted and sauteed poblano strips or with a heaping dollop of sour cream.

Enjoy!

Notes

In this recipe we use frozen chicken breasts. Please adjust your cooking time if you are using fresh chicken breasts.

This post was originally published on April 5, 2017.

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