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Taco de Pollo: Healthy Chicken Tacos

Taco de pollo are a popular, convenient, and tasty meal option. There are many different recipes and variations of chicken tacos, but some popular ones include: Chicken Tinga Tacos (shredded chicken), Ultimate Chicken Street Tacos, and Easy Chicken Tacos.

In this article, we will be looking at a healthy Chicken Taco recipe.

About this recipe

Today, we’re focusing on a classic that’s loved by all: Taco de Pollo, or Chicken Taco. This recipe is perfect for those who enjoy the simpler, yet equally delicious, things in life.

Recipe background

Taco de Pollo is a staple in Mexican cuisine, enjoyed by people of all ages. It features tender, flavorful chicken served in a soft or crispy tortilla, making it a versatile and satisfying dish.

Why make this recipe?

  1. Healthy Option: Chicken is a lean protein, making this a healthier taco choice.
  2. Quick to Prepare: This dish can be ready in under 30 minutes.
  3. Family-Friendly: It’s a hit with both kids and adults.
  4. Customizable: You can easily adjust the toppings to suit your taste.

What does this dish taste like?

Taco de Pollo offers a juicy, tender bite of chicken that’s been marinated and cooked to perfection. The spices and toppings add layers of flavor, making each bite a culinary delight.

What is in Taco de Pollo?

The main ingredient is chicken, usually breast or thigh meat, marinated in a blend of spices. It’s served on tortillas and commonly topped with lettuce, cheese, and salsa.

Equipment required for this recipe

  • Skillet or grill
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Tongs


  • 1 lb chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Cheese, shredded
  • Salsa


  1. Marinate: In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, olive oil, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Cook: Heat a skillet or grill over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until fully cooked, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  3. Assemble: Place the cooked chicken on tortillas and top with lettuce, cheese, and salsa.

How to serve

Serve immediately, garnished with additional toppings like sour cream, guacamole, or a squeeze of lime, if desired.

What to serve Taco de Pollo with

  • Mexican Rice: A side of flavorful rice pairs well.
  • Black Beans: Adds extra protein and fiber.
  • Chips and Guacamole: A classic side that never disappoints.

My recommendations and tips

  • For juicier chicken, marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • You can also use chicken thighs for a more flavorful option.
  • Freshly made tortillas elevate the dish to the next level.

Taco de Pollo storage ideas

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet before serving.

Potential ingredients substitutes

  • Meat: Turkey or tofu can be used for a different protein option.
  • Spices: Adjust the spices to your liking or try adding some chili powder for heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use pre-cooked chicken?
  • Yes, you can use rotisserie chicken as a quick alternative.
  • Is it spicy?
  • The spiciness can be adjusted according to your preference.


Taco de Pollo is a simple yet delicious dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With its versatile ingredients and quick preparation time, it’s a must-try for anyone who loves tacos.

There you have it—a wholesome and delicious Taco de Pollo recipe that’s perfect for a quick meal or a family gathering. Happy cooking and Buen Provecho!

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