This chicken tacos recipe is quick and easy--perfect for those nights when you don't have a lot of time for dinner preparations.
This chicken tacos recipe is quick and easy--perfect for those nights when you don't have a lot of time for dinner preparations.
Based on some of the reviews here I made some changes. In place of the Worcestershire sauce, which I really only like on beef, I used some cumin, corriander, chili powder, crushed red pepper, sea salt, and fresh black pepper. I also used fresh lemonade, (real lemons juice, simple syrup and water) and a lot of lime juice. I marinated the chicken in the lemon/lime juice for an hour, and I also simmered it until there was very little liquid left, like others have mentioned. My family really enjoyed it. Although I made some changes, the recipe was a great starting out point. Thanks!Read More
These would be really good if they weren't so sweet. The lemon and lime gives the chicken a wonderful citrus flare but the sugar from the lemon jucie makes you stop and wonder if you were supposed to taste that. Next time I'll use lemon water instead of lemonade.Read More
Based on some of the reviews here I made some changes. In place of the Worcestershire sauce, which I really only like on beef, I used some cumin, corriander, chili powder, crushed red pepper, sea salt, and fresh black pepper. I also used fresh lemonade, (real lemons juice, simple syrup and water) and a lot of lime juice. I marinated the chicken in the lemon/lime juice for an hour, and I also simmered it until there was very little liquid left, like others have mentioned. My family really enjoyed it. Although I made some changes, the recipe was a great starting out point. Thanks!
Added some jalepeno, fresh onion, red and green peppers, and cilantro to the pan after chicken had simmered for a few minutes. It gave it some kick and a great cilantro flavor- even better the next day! If no sour cream is on hand cream cheese is just as tasty!
Delicious. I made only a few changes. I used 3 - 10.5 oz. cans of white meat chicken instead of breasts. I prefer the canned chicken in mexican food because it breaks apart easier. I added a small chopped yellow onion to the marinade. I used hard taco shells instead of tortillas but next time i will use tortillas. I also cooked the marinade until all of the fluids had cooked off. In the future I think I won't use an entire head of lettuce as I had way too much leftover. Great recipe Tara.
This is a very nice recipe that the whole family enjoyed. The only thing I changed was I simmered the liquid all the way down. It made it much more flavorful.
This was so easy to make. I wasn't sure about the lemonade, but really it give it a very delicious flavor. My husband really loved them too. The salsa was a great touch! Yum! I can't wait to make them again. Thank you!
I'm very attracted to recipes with unique preparation & ingrediants. So naturally this one caught my eye. The chicken itself was flavorful, but in the tacos it didn't stand out as much due to the other fillings. This recipe is tasty, but needs a little kick to make it stand out more. I didn't use the bay leaves & added more lime juice. To cut out fat, I'll only use 1 tbsp. oil next time. I will also try a more intense, tart lemonade to make the flavor pop. Lastly, I think de-glazing the chicken in the pan would give a more tasty texture.
Wow! So delicious, even my super picky daughter that hates chicken ate her entire taco, and loved it! I followed the recipe exactly, except I doubled it, and now I am wishing I had tripled it because every last bit was eaten right up! So light, fresh and lemon-y, a refreshing change of pace for tacos, and one I will be making again and again, thankyou!
These were SO good! I was out of Worcestershire sauce, so I used a little soy sauce (not much) in place of it. The recipe didn't say what type of lime juice - I had both - so I used sweetened and it gave it a nice sweet/spicy kick! I also don't use onion powder - I diced up some onion instead for a fresher taste. I use granulated garlic also.
These would be really good if they weren't so sweet. The lemon and lime gives the chicken a wonderful citrus flare but the sugar from the lemon jucie makes you stop and wonder if you were supposed to taste that. Next time I'll use lemon water instead of lemonade.
I added a little chili powder and black pepper to really bring this recipe to life!!
Delicious! I did let the chicken simmer until almost all the marinade was gone as suggested by others and it had plenty of flavor!
This is a very good recipe. I was skeptical because so many reviews said that it was bland. I found it to be quite the contrary. However, I did make some modifications (1) I used Simply Lemonade, which happens to be a very, very flavorful, sweet lemonade. Other reviewers used fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime juice or lemon flavored cool-aid. I think using Simply Lemonade made a difference in how flavorful it was (2) I also added additional spices: sea salt, fresh garlic, black pepper, chili powder, a bit of onion powder and half a packet of Adobo saffron seasoning, and added fresh pico de gaillo while cooking which was also used as a topping. I didn't use the worchister sauce. (3) I marinaded the chicken in the lemonade and spices for about 30 minutes. (4)I cooked the chicken in the marinade until it was completely reduced (gone). My chicken was not bland at all. It had a spicy, lemony, sweet flavor that was accented by, the fresh salsa/pico de gaillo and cheese. We don't eat sour cream, so we didn't include that. My husband enjoyed it. I cooked up the second half of the chicken breast on which I was going to use traditional taco seasoning, but my husband told me to use the lemonade instead. Also, the recipe was very easy and quick. I really recommend this recipe. I will definitely be using it again.
an ok recipe. we found it to be plain, and not at all the normal "chicken taco flavor"
wow! the sauce was amazing!! I've never had such delicious chicken tacos. Thanks so much for this recipe!!
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/37906/chicken-tacos/Three from me. Close to a five from those kids. I used homemade lemonade so it wasn't too sweet, or really sour either. I used three pieces with same amounts except decreased garlic to 1/4t. Simmered till done then removed the chicken to a plate; increased heat to reduce to a thin gravy consistency. Sliced the chicken & added it back. Cooked till very little liquid le ... ft. Tasted & thought "That was a waste of time." so added some salt, pepper, a tsp taco seasoning. Still bland. Added more taco seasoning & wasn't impressed yet. 'Went to work & came home the kids said it'd be okay if I made it again. "You're kidding" "No." :? :) Go figure. The kids, 12 & 14, liked it.
I am a Diabetic so I used the juice of fresh lemons plus added a tablespoon of lemon juice in the bottle. I added 3/4 cup of water. I also added real onions in addition to the onion powder. I used cabbage instead of lettuce and it worked just fine. (I was out of lettuce) Next time I might skip the Worcestershire and experiment with other spices. All in all- pretty tasty. (although my girlfriend would want it to be SPICY!) She can just add some cayenne!
This is excellent, but try this, instead of the worcester sauce, after cooking the chicken add one packet of taco mix and 1 cup of water or broth. Let it come to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes (add more water if necessary). Absolutely better than ground beef.
My husband loved them; Very simple recipe.
My recipe is very similar but I use more spices, Chili power, cumin, black pepper, paprika, and sea salt, then I add a diced white onion and a diced green pepper, to serve people get their choice of, cooked white rice, diced tomatoes, green onions, jalapeno's, shredded lettuce, old or sharp cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream. You can also add a can of refried beans to the chicken mix while heating it up. Use hard or soft shells, and have fun!!! They are really filling!!
I made this for dinner tonight for my DH and I and we thought it was just ok. First...this recipe does not feed 8 people as stated, it would probably feed 4 (8 if there is only one taco per person). I added additional spices as other reviewers said the chicken lacked flavour, so I added 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp seasoning salt in addition to the other spices. So in the end, the dish wasn't horrible, it just wasn't anything exciting.
OK recipe, not something that I would constantly do, but it is a nice way to have chicken. Did the original recipe, maybe next time I will take some feedback from the reviews. Overall an ok recipe
My whole family will eat just about anything, but this one they all turned their nose up to. I don't know what it was but the chicken was awful. Guess I keep searching for chicken tacos.
This was good. I made a few changes. I sprinkled cumin, chili powder, minced garlic, salt and pepper, fine shredded onion (no onion powder), Worcestershire sauce, extra lime juice, 1/2 the lemonade, cilantro flakes over the chicken. It was very good. I only cooked it for 10 minutes, 20 is way to long and will give you dry over cooked chicken. No one wants that.
I didn't really get a lot of flavor out of the chicken in this recipe. If it had a flavor, it was masked with all the toppings. It definitely wasn't bad. You can't really go wrong with chicken tacos. But if you were expecting a home run with this recipe, it wasn't it. You could have just boiled chicken and end up with about the same outcome.
Not impressed...why lemonade and bayleaf? To me, taco's are are supposed to have sort of a spicy Spanish twang to it and all I tasted was sweet and bland. I even added cumin and Cayenne pepper but it really did nothing for the flavor. Now, for the rating, I gave it a 3 because the chicken was really tender and I liked that aspect, yet lacked in flavor.
I followed the recipe, adding cumin, chili powder, cliantro, dried minced garlic., and 2 large fresh banana peppers seeded and thinly sliced. I also added 1# medium sized shrimp, halved, when the chicken was almost done. Next time I will begin to reduce the liquid before adding the bite sized chicken so the chicken and shrimp don't overcook. Otherwise it was quite good!
We didn't care for the overwhelming lemonade taste. Nothing like Tex-Mex.
Low rating, but that could be my fault. i tried to use up some leftover cooked chicken breast and use the ingredients to make a sauce to go over---but it didn't work at all on account of simply making the already shredded chicken soggy. i'll try it again and follow recipe exactly for a more accurate rating next time.
My family really loved this. I simmered the chicken in the liquid, then shredded it, returned it to the pan and continued cooking it till all the liquid was gone--I added some salt and a southwestern seasoning blend for more flavor. Excellent! Definitely a do-again!
These chicken tacos were AMAZING!! As I do with several recipes, when they only call for a couple seasonings, I still add to it. In addition to the garlic & onion powder, I added Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning, black pepper, a little cayenne pepper. I used Simply Lemonade & ReaLime juice. You MUST allow the liquid to reduce and the chicken should be juicy...mine was!! I will definitely cook this again.
Great recipe - thank you!
Super easy & quick to prepare. They were perfect on the corn shells too. Will add into our weekly routine!THX!
Don't change a thing! I tried suggestions in other reviews and it was just not right. If you want to spice the taco up use salsa. The meat is perfect the way it is done.
Was easy. Was easy to make half for recipe. Will definitely try again. Chicken would be good on a salad also.
I tried this last night.Was very good. I did make a few minor changes to it, like i didn't use the shells or regular lemonade(low carb diet) I did use sugar free lemonade and turned out fine. My huband thought it tasted a little wierd but he's not a big fan of citrus but he said it was good. My kids ate it all up and wanted seconds.I let it cook until all the juice was gone and browned the chicken a bit.
Very good and fast and great for frozen chicken breasts. I used lemon juice rather than lemonade as I don't like sweet mexican food.
followed exactly, next time will probably change things up a bit to cut down on the tangy aftertaste
My family LOVED this recipe! I did add an extra half lime, and a couple of extra dashes of Worcestershire.
I really don't get this one. It's not that the chicken wasn't good, it just didn't taste like chicken tacos should taste. The meat was too sweet (definitely the lemonade). I even added some pepper, salt, chili powder, and a little bit of crushed pepper. I wouldn't make this again.
I cooked the chicken for about 7 minutes and only used half the lemonade. The chicken actually browned a little instead of boiling in the liquid. Was very good. Also even better with guacomole and hot peppers.
good but not spectacular
WOW! I was skeptical of the lemonade - this was really different and delicious. These are the modifications I made: 4 B/S chicken breasts - boiled in chicken stock and 1 bay leaf. (then Shredded chicken) - sauteed onion/green pepper in oil, added chicken a good tablespoon or so of Bill's Taco-Seasoning-I (from this site) + the lime, lemonade, Worcestershire - sauteed and reduced the liquid to more than 1/2. It was Delish!
This is amazing. Very flavorful. I think it is perfect as it is. No changes needed on my end. Super yummy.
Okay, but not as tasty as you'd think, given the ingredients. Would be easier just to grill the chicken breasts without all the extra fuss--you'd achieve pretty much the same flavor with less fat.
I made this two nights ago and it was delicious! The chicken cooked in the lemonade/lime/Worcestershire with the garlic, onion and bay leaf was such a great combination and much better than I've had at any restaurant. The only change I made was to use a low carb flour tortilla instead of the corn tortilla. Very light & Tasty!!
Absolutely delicious flavor! However, you will need to add salt. Not sure why the recipe doesn't call for any. I also added a bit of cumin and some red pepper flakes. Don't worry that it will be too sweet, it's not. Will definitely make this again and again!
I accidently burned it and my husband ate it up and asked me to make it again (which happens about 1 in 25 dinners). I think it will be good not burned. I did add cumin, red pepper, black pepper and salt.
delicious. i didnt have lemonade so i used a little pineapple juice and sugar and also added a little taco seaoning. it was most excellent will be making again soon!
Edible, but bland. Something is missing here. I suspect you could substitute margarita mix for the lemonade and lime juice. I might also add green chiles and a bit of cumin.
Definitely interesting ingredients and easy prep. Smells great while it's cooking too, but only tasted so so. Not a good way to stretch chicken by any means. I doubled the recipe (2 pounds of chicken) and it was ony enough for 5 conservative servings! Also, I had lots of broth that got drained off -- I hate to waste anything but didn't have time to keep simmering. Probably won't try it again, but admire the originality.
This was lovely & people raved. I used 1 tsp soy sauce instead of 1.5 tsp worcestershire sauce. I cut it down to 1 Tbsp olive oil. I also used more ingredients in the taco seasoning portion, including chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes. I forgot the bay leaf and am curious what that would have added. The dinner was an absolute hit but I would have liked even more of a kick in the seasoning and will play with that in the future.
Delicious and it really is easy. I left out the lime because I had none, and it was still good. Heating the meat in a wok is a good way to cook it through without drying out your meat, plus, you can leave it to cook with minimal attention. Served it with a tomato-ey rice which everyone put in their taco with the chicken. Will definitely make again.
I feel like these lack a little bit of flavor. The flavor is there but it needs to be punched up a little. I will make these again, but with some minor adjustments.
This was not phenomenal--kind of bland, but pretty good. Goes well with the rest of the taco fixings. Spice come from salsa or whatever you add. I would likely make it again.
I don't get it. I just didn't think these were that great. The chicken just didn't really take on the lemon flavor. It tasted very bland.
This recipe was great! The chicken was excellent. I followed the recipe exactly, but I did add some avocado and cilantro to the choice of toppings. Super! I will definitely make this again!
I created this recipe exactly as specified and did not care for it at all! It calls for lemonade which I thought to be unusual, and sure enough, the chicken tasted exactly like lemonade even after properly simmered.
I do not cook, but I decide to try something new such as making a meal. My family loved it.. I followed the directions to the T and it was perfect. Thank You :)
Very good recipe. Followed as directed but we like spice so I added fresh jalo peppers and onions then simmered till juice was gone. Husband actually commented that it was good, which means I will make again!
very tasty. i added a can of diced tomatoes to the mixture and a little bit of homeade salsa instead of the normal taco sauce i use. i will make these again.
These were so good! I used chicken tenders and they were melt in your mouth. Such a nice change from the usual taco packet. Thanks!
I thought this was good but my teens didn't like the sweet chicken flavor.
The meat was great... very juicy and flavorful. Agree with another review that you don't taste the meat as much once you add all the topppings.
this was very bland and disappointing. No good. After i tasted the bland boringness that is the original recipe I tried adding some chili powder, salt and some taco seasoning. Still boring.
OhMyGoodness. This was SO good! I followed the recipe exactly except for the lime juice (I ddn't have any) and it turned out amazing! Next time I'll add the lime and I'm sure it will be even better!
This was great alternative to regular tacos and the lemonade and lime made it even better. I left mine in the skillet till all the juice had been absorbed by the chicken it gave it a tangy taste and was moist. We didnt like the corn tortillas and next time will stick with the flour ones...over all a really good summer time meal!
The chicken ended up being dry and tasted a little bland. I think if I ever make this again I will simmer the bone in chicken and add a little seasoning and salt the shred the meat off the bone.
This was wonderful! I too made a few changes, I used powdered no cal drink lemonade mix and it worked really well. I added some chili with lime powder to give the chicken a little more kick. I also used fat free sour cream, and home made fresh salsa. Also used lite taco cheese. I added some fresh cilantro and mexican green onions too. Next week when I make this again (yes, it's that good!) I'm going to add some black olives and some red onions to the cooking chicken. Great recipe, I would never have dreamed of using lemonade to cook chicken in!!
This recipe was horrible, I think it was the Worcestershire sauce mixed with the lemonade that made it so gross. I like the lime chicken soft tacos recipe better.
Since I've tried this my family keeps asking when I can make it again.
This is an excellent recipe: easy to do, quick, and very very good. The best chicken tacos I have ever had! Thanks for the recipe!
Great recipe that I will be making again and again. I did make a few changes for my tastes: a.) used the juice of a whole lime to balance out the sweetness of the lemonade; b.) used 1 chopped onion and 3 smashed cloves of garlic for a fresher flavor; c.) since the good fresh tomatoes are out of season I used a can of diced tomatoes (drained), much more flavorful than those hothouse tomatoes; d.) used taco sauce instead of salsa, the smoothness complements all the other textures; and added cumin, ground coriander, red pepper flakes, seasoning salt and black pepper to taste. I also let the marinade cook all the way down.
Made it just like the recipe and it was delicious! Very easy and quick, too.
These were easy and tasted great. I heated the tortillas on a skillet, then melted the cheese before adding the rest of the ingredients. They were a big hit!
Good, but a little too limey. Also-felt like I needed some beans or something. I may fiddle with the recipe a little in the future. Good flavor, though.
I love love loved this recipe. By accident I added tablespoons of garlic and onion poweder and it was super good still. This was even better the day after!
These were the BEST tacos ever! I will never make tacos with beef again! My kids & hubby loved these. I followed the recipe exactly. I agree with a few others...let the chicken simmer, allowing all of the liquid to absorb. So tender. Thanks so much for this delish recipe!
I am giving this recipe 4 stars because while the flavor itself wasn't out of this world the versatility is great. Besides it doesn't need to be super flavorful when you are going to top it with sour cream, salsa and who knows what else. We put the left-overs on rice the next day and it was like a chinese dish because of the sweetness of the chicken. It was pretty good. My "BOOs" liked it too :)
This wasn't bad, but also wasn't great. I think that I prefer grilling (even on the George Foreman, if the weather is bad) chicken breasts seasoned with Montreal Seasoning and shredding them for tacos. I won't make this again.
Very weak taste. I did not follow the recipe exactly though so that may be why. I didn't have lemonde so I used a less amount of lemon juice. Still bland though also did not use onion powder but chopped onions instead. though i did not follow it exactly i will not try it again because i do not see how the actual recipe would make it any better.
Love this recipe. Very flavorful. Perfect for a hot summer night as it is quick (no oven, no standing over a hot stove for long) and it is very light. I used canned chicken breast - cooks quicker and very easy to shred.
As others suggested, I let the chicken cook until the liquid was completely reduced. I also added a few extra spices--cumin, cilantro, and a packet of Sazon Goya seasoning. Very flavorful, but my chicken was a little dry on it's own. Once paired with the toppings and sides (black beans & Spanish rice) in home fried taco shells, this was an awesome family meal! (Used Hard Taco Shells recipe) My kids helped with the preparation and really enjoyed making their own tacos. This is a keeper!
Way too sweet!
This was really delicious. I cooked it until the liquid was gone as other reviewers had recommended and the flavor definitely stands out more. No it does not taste like Mexican tacos, but they were delicious. I did not have sour cream or salsa, but I used mashed avocados and it added that creamy texture. We used soft tacos. Oh yeah, we also doubled the garlic. We will have to double this recipe because we were all wanting more. Yuuummmmmy!
this is a keeper!
I shredded chicken as it cooked and let all the juice cook up and put a bit of chili powder in the chicken for some spice. My kids loved it!
I thought the lemonade made these too sweet. I gave this recipe 3 stars because it was ok just a little on the sweet side for me.
This recipe is ok, but I would add cumin to chicken before cooking, and add chopped avocado and cilantro to give it a more Mexican flavor.
I changed a few things, and have made it several times in the past month. Use Limeade instead of lemonade, omit the extra lime juice, drop the bay leaf. Mince fresh cilantro (about a tablespoon worth?) and add half a packet of hot taco seasoning. I also simmer everything a little longer to reduce the sauce so it's thicker. I love this meal.
cilantro and fresh veggies at the end of this recipe is a must
This recipe was easy to make and very tasty!! Even my 13 year old son liked the chicken. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Awesome!!!I will definetly make this again. :)
It was okay but a bit lemony for being a taco. I made my lemonade fresh so its possible that was the reason. Still not bad, but not outstanding either
It was a good idea, though I felt the chicken texture was too dry. I don't like boiled chicken. Next time I would add lemon juice instead of lemonade and use olive oli spray, then sauté. Otherwise, it had good flavor & my family enjoyed fixing their own tacos.
Very good and easy. Made great wraps with the leftover chicken.
Tried to follow other reviews and cook until the liquid was gone. I am impatient. I will try to wait until most of the liquid has cooked off next time.
I used left-over grilled chicken and loved the outcome!
These are the best taco we have had in a long time. The flavor is so light and crisp that we rarely add too much extra to them.
this was pretty easy to do. we used ground chicken and added chili powder as well, since someone else suggested it. chicken was still kind of bland but the lemonade made it a little sweet. will probably make this again with minor modifications to spice it up.