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Made with perfectly seasoned chicken these grilled chicken tacos are a copycat recipe for Costa Vida tacos. They pack a punch in the flavor department and they are so easy to make at home.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe!

The real deal! One of my favorite places to eat in Utah is Costa Vida Mexican restaurant. This recipe came straight from the source – Costa Vida. I was so excited when they shared it with me at a blogger event because their grilled chicken tacos are one of my favorites!

They are quick and easy. The chicken only needs to marinate for 30-40 minutes if you are in a rush or can marinate for 4-6 hours if you need it too. Just don’t marinate for longer than that as chicken can get mushy if it marinates too long.

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Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken breasts. I useboneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic. Freshlyminced for best flavor
  • All purpose seasoning like Lawrys Season Salt.
  • Lemons
  • Tortillas. I prefer corn tortillas but you can use flour tortillas
  • Favorite taco toppings – see below for suggestions.
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How to Make Grilled Chicken Tacos

  • Combine all marinade ingredients but chicken.
  • Whisk to combine.
  • Place chicken in bowl or a zippered plastic storage bag.
  • Pour in marinade and mix to coat chicken.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes. No more than 4 hours.
  • Grill chicken until it reaches 165 degrees F and slice.
  • Add to tortilla with favorite taco toppings.
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Serve Grilled Chicken Tacos with:

  • Sour Cream
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Grated Cheese such as Monterey Jack or queso fresco or cotijo Mexican cheese
  • Jalapeno Pepper
  • Lettuce or cabbage
  • Sauteed peppers and onions
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have a grill?

These grilled chicken tacos can be cooked in a grill pan on the stove top, baked in the oven or even cooked in the air fryer. My personal favorite though is the grill.
Stovetop: Use a grill pan or a cast iron skillet, grease lightly. After the pan is not, add the chicken in a single layer. Cook for 5-7 minutes without lifting it or turning. Flip and cook for 7 more minutes or until it reaches the temperature of 160 degrees F. Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes to get to 165 degrees F.
Oven: Preheat oven to 450ºF. Place chicken in baking dish or a sheet pan that has been lightly greased. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is baked through, there is no pink and is 160-165 degrees F.

What is the best way to store leftover grilled chicken tacos?

Storing leftovers.Place any leftovers in an airtight container. Chicken will last for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Freezing.You can freeze the chicken before it is cooked, in the bag of marinade or after it is cooked. Be sure you use an airtight, freezer container or storage bag. Thaw before cooking. Will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

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Tips and Tricks for Grilled Chicken Tacos

  • After chicken is cooked you can slice it, dice it or you can shred it, whichever you prefer.
  • Marinade your chicken for at 30 – 60 minutes but no longer than 4-6 hours. But even if you only have 15-20 minutes, it will still be delicious!
  • I like to pound my chicken breasts into an even layer so that they cook quicker and more evenly. Place the chicken between two layers of wax paper or parchment paper and pound with a meat mallet.
  • If you prefer, you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs in place of chicken breasts.

Try these other delicious recipes too:

  • Steak Tacos
  • Taco Bake Recipe
  • Breakfast Tacos
  • Easy Taco Bowl
  • Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos

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Grilled Chicken Tacos

Recipe From: Leigh Anne Wilkes

Made with perfectly seasoned chicken these grilled chicken tacos are a copycat recipe for Costa Vida tacos. They pack a punch in the flavor department and they are so easy to make at home.

serves: 6 servings

Prep:5 minutes minutes

Cook:15 minutes minutes

Total:20 minutes minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose seasoning like Lawrys
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 12 tortillas
  • lettuce
  • pico de gallo
  • guacamole
  • grated cheese

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients but chicken into a bowl. Whisk to combine

  • Place chicken in bowl with marinade and mix to coat with marinade

  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30-45 minutes up to 4 hours.

  • Grill and slice. chicken.

  • Add chicken to a tortilla with lettuce, pico, guacamole and cheese

Tips & Notes:

  • After chicken is cooked you can slice it, dice it or you can shred it, whichever you prefer.
  • Marinade your chicken for at 30 – 60 minutes but no longer than 4-6 hours. But even if you only have 15-20 minutes, it will still be delicious!
  • I like to pound my chicken breasts into an even layer so that they cook quicker and more evenly. Place the chicken between two layers of wax paper or parchment paper and pound with a meat mallet.
  • If you prefer, you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs in place of chicken breasts.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 513kcal (26%) Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) Protein: 36g (72%) Fat: 25g (38%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Cholesterol: 96mg (32%) Sodium: 5302mg (231%) Potassium: 649mg (19%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 45IU (1%) Vitamin C: 2.2mg (3%) Calcium: 76mg (8%) Iron: 2.7mg (15%)

* Disclaimer: All nutrition information are estimates only. Read full disclosure here.

Course:Main Dish

Cuisine:Mexican

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  1. Nicole says

    This is my family’s favorite chicken recipe for anything Mexican! I’ve been making it since you posted it, and since then, chicken street tacos has become our go-to dinner to serve to guests, and they always ask about it. I’ve referred so many people to your blog, specifically this recipe. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Jennifer says

    Looks tasty. Is it really 1/4 cup all purpose seasoning?

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    • Leigh Anne says

      Yep, it is.

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  3. Liz says

    Thank you Leigh Anne – nice and easy. Have a good weekend.

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    • Leigh Anne says

      Thanks Liz!

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