Spicy Grilled Chicken Tacos Recipe

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Leta Spencer Modified: March 24, 2022
Spicy Grilled Chicken Tacos Recipe

How To Make Spicy Grilled Chicken Tacos

In just over 30 minutes, you can prep & cook these chicken tacos. They’re flavored with a variety of spices and brightened up with some orange zest & juice.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



For Chicken:

  • 2tbspancho chili powder
  • 1tsporegano,dried
  • 1tspcumin,dried
  • 1tspsugar
  • ½tspsalt
  • 1clovegarlic,finely chopped
  • 1tbsporange zest,finely grated
  • 3tbspforange juice,resh squeezed
  • 2tbspolive oil

To serve:

  • 6skinless,(1¼ lbs), boneless chicken thighs
  • 8smallcorn tortillas
  • 3cupsbaby arugula,(3 ounces), packed
  • 2mediumripe avocados,sliced
  • 4radishes,thinly sliced
  • ½pintcherry tomatoes,halved
  • ¼red onion,thinly sliced
  • cilantro,roughly chopped
  • ½cupsour cream,thinned with ¼ milk
  • 1lime,cut into wedges


  1. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium-high, direct heat.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the chili powder, oregano, cumin, sugar, salt, garlic and orange zest. Stir in the orange juice and olive oil to make a loose paste. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat all over.

  3. Set aside to marinate while the grill heats and the rest of the toppings are being prepared.

  4. Grill the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 165 degrees F. Transfer to a plate and rest for 5 minutes.

  5. Place each tortilla on the grill or on a hot, dry skillet over medium-high heat. As soon as pockets of the air start to puff up in the tortilla, turn it with tongs and heat for a few seconds on the other side. Wrap warmed tortillas in a tea towel to keep them warm until serving.

  6. Slice the chicken into strips. On each tortilla, place a small handful of arugula. Top with chicken slices, sliced avocado, radishes, tomatoes, and onion slices. Drizzle with the thinned sour cream. Serve with lime wedges.


  • Calories: 280.65kcal
  • Fat: 19.61g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.49g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.20g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.58g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.52g
  • Fiber: 8.64g
  • Sugar: 3.60g
  • Protein: 4.62g
  • Cholesterol: 9.97mg
  • Sodium: 305.95mg
  • Calcium: 88.83mg
  • Potassium: 604.80mg
  • Iron: 1.86mg
  • Vitamin A: 101.23µg
  • Vitamin C: 18.25mg
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