With just a packet of taco seasoning and lime juice, you can make tender and flavorful Taco Chicken. It’s an easy weeknight dinner you can cook on the grill for a healthy dinner. Also great if you want to make into chicken tacos.
I’ve been in the mood for Tex-Mex food, but of course I live in Greensboro, so my only option is to make it myself. Taco Chicken is an easy recipe you can make in no time. It’s a great idea for those nights when you haven’t planned anything for dinner because nothing sounds good.
I stopped at Whole Foods to get some inspiration and decided on chicken. Then I spotted a jar of queso sauce in the cheese section and created this magical simple dish.
How can you make TENDER chicken breasts
Buttermilk is your secret weapon for tender chicken breasts. As soon as I stepped in the door, I poured some buttermilk over the chicken breasts to marinate for 30 minutes. I prefer to do this overnight, but any time at all in the buttermilk will make the chicken more tender regardless of how you are cooking it.
Rinse off the buttermilk and add the chicken to a ziplock containing taco seasoning and lime juice and let this sit while the grill warms up.
Pro tip: If you’re out of buttermilk, you can make your own with just two ingredients. Here are three different methods for how to make your own buttermilk.
Grill your chicken breasts to about 160º over indirect heat and then slice. Drizzle with queso that you’ve warmed in the microwave. Easy peasy and full of flavor. These are even better shredded and placed in a taco. Any queso will work but if you want real cheese then try Leigh Oliver’s White Hot Queso with Roasted Jalapeños, which I am now in love with. You can find it in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods. I could just eat this right out of the jar. Fresh Market also has queso in the refrigerated section which is a great second choice. This is also the brand I use for Queso Chicken which is another great Tex-Mex meal you can put together in no time.
Whether making Taco Chicken into actual tacos or serving it by itself, the flavor is great and you have an easy and healthy dinner on the table in no time.
If you find yourself cooking with chicken a lot and want to know for sure that your chicken is cooked thoroughly, head to my informational page on ways to make sure your chicken is cooked all the way but still remains juicy and delicious.
If you like Tex Mex flavors, here are some other dinner recipes you might want to try:
- 4 Chicken breasts
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- ¼ cup lime juice 2 limes
- Marinate chicken with 1 cup of buttermilk overnight or at least 30 minutes. Remove and rinse off buttermilk.
- In a separate bag, add taco seasoning and lime juice and add chicken. Coat and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove from marinade and place on a medium hot grill. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 160º. Remove from grill, slice and drizzle with warmed queso.