I modified this 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 as quickly and are very forgiving. Fill warm tortillas with sauteed chicken and serve with your choice of garnishes and black bean and corn salad.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
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1 hr 5 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine cumin, oregano, sazon, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Add lime juice and olive oil and stir to make the marinade. Add chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 12 hours.

  • 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.

  • Spray canola oil onto the 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.

Cook's Note:

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 the seasoned chicken and saute until cooked through. Heat tortillas per package directions and serve with chicken and garnishes of your choice.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; protein 23.3g; carbohydrates 33.6g; fat 10.9g; cholesterol 68.4mg; sodium 708.8mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Perfect as written just be sure to let the chicken marinade overnight for best results. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
Perfect as written just be sure to let the chicken marinade overnight for best results. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fantastic! Made it exactly as written. Turned out amazing! My extremely picky 14 year old loved it and had seconds! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
AMAZING!!! This is the best marinade for chicken that I have come across and I have been searching a long time! The first time I made this I marinated it for a mere 6 hours and it still blew my family away. Now I marinate it overnight for a flavor explosion the next day. It s a simple and quick recipe to put together at night before you go to bed. I made no changes. I stuck with the original recipe. My only suggestion: DOUBLE the recipe. You ll want leftovers to add to a salad later on in the week! Read More