Easy Chicken Taco Recipe with Creamy Slaw

This easy chicken taco recipe, made with shredded cumin lime chicken and a creamy cilantro lime slaw is perfect for taco Tuesdays! Prep the chicken the day before for a super-quick, stress-free weeknight meal.

This recipe is for Day 2 of weeknight meal plan #1.

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Taco Tuesday is definitely a concept I can get behind. In fact, Phil and I don’t always agree on food in general, but we DO agree on Mexican food. It’s just the best.

Components of easy chicken taco recipe in bowls. Chicken, cilantro lime slaw, tortillas and cheese

For this easy chicken taco recipe, you’ll first marinate some chicken thighs or breasts in an easy marinade that includes lime juice and cumin, and then bake (or grill!) them.

Then shred that chicken and serve with corn or flour tortillas, a creamy cilantro lime slaw, some crumbly cheese, avocado slices, and your favorite hot sauce.

overhead view of easy chicken taco recipe on a plate

I love spicy food, and so does Phil, but I’ve kept the chicken mild here, in the interest of staying kid-friendly. You can adjust the heat level to your liking by adding more or less hot sauce. This is how we usually handle the spiciness issue around here. That said, if you’re not making these for kids, feel free to kick the cayenne up a notch and even add some chile powder into the marinade!

Easy chicken taco recipe on a plate

I loved how much stress meal-planning took out of my weeknights. I knew exactly what we were eating each night, and had a healthy, delicious homemade meal on the table in minutes. SO EASY. Honestly, it’s a game changer for me.

Have a great week, and stay warm! xx

Easy chicken taco recipe on a plate
4.8 from 5 votes

Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

This easy chicken taco recipe is made with shredded cumin lime chicken and a creamy cilantro lime slaw. It's perfect for taco Tuesdays. Prep the chicken the day before for a super-quick, stress-free weeknight meal.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 532 kcal
Author Ann


Cumin Lime Chicken

  • 1 lb (455 grams) boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts* If using breasts, cut them in half so they are about the same size as thighs
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice from about 2 1/2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • 4 cups shredded green or red cabbage (from half a head of cabbage, or from a bag)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice from about 1 1/2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For serving

  • 12 small flour or corn tortillas, warmed*
  • queso fresco, feta, or other crumbly cheese
  • hot sauce
  • avocado slices
  • cilantro


Cumin Lime Chicken

  1. In a large ziplock bag, combine the lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, and seasonings.
  2. Add the chicken thighs or breasts to the bag, seal, and squish around until the chicken is well-coated. Put in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with remaining olive oil. Add the chicken in a single layer, reserving the marinade, and sprinkle with additional salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until fully cooked, basting with the reserved marinade halfway through.
  5. Remove the chicken to a plate, saving the juices, and allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes. Shred with your hands, or two forks, and toss shredded chicken with the reserved juices.

Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

  1. Whisk together (or whizz with an immersion blender) the mayo, sour cream, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Toss with the shredded cabbage.

Recipe Notes

*Chicken thighs are fattier and therefore juicier and more flavorful, but use whichever you prefer! *My favorite way to warm tortillas is one at a time in a cast iron skillet over high heat. This keeps them dry and slightly crispy. You can also warm them up in the microwave or oven.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 532 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 1135mg49%
Potassium 713mg20%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1265IU25%
Vitamin C 60.9mg74%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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