Baja Grilled Chicken Tacos


I modified this grilled chicken taco recipe for a party of 40, and it was a huge hit. Thighs are a good substitute for chicken breasts, especially with marinating and grilling. They do not dry out quickly and are very forgiving.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins


  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

  • 1 teaspoon sazón seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • canola oil cooking spray

  • 1 (10 ounce) package corn tortillas, or as needed


  1. Combine cumin, oregano, sazón, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Add lime juice and olive oil and stir to make marinade. Add chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 12 hours.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill marinated chicken until no longer pink at the bone and juices run clear, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl and shred chicken with forks.

  3. Spray canola oil onto tortillas and heat on the grill approximately 45 seconds per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with a paper towel to keep warm. Serve with shredded chicken.


As an alternative to grilling, heat 1 tablespoon of canola or olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add seasoned chicken and sauté until cooked through. Heat tortillas per package directions and serve with chicken and garnishes of your choice.

This dish pairs well with a black bean and corn salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

322 Calories
11g Fat
34g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 709mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 307mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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