Avocado and Grilled Chicken Street Tacos

One of the best taco recipes out there! Chicken thighs are soaked in a bright well seasoned marinade and grilled to perfection (you'll be fighting over those little charred crispy pieces). 

These chicken street tacos are so flavorful and so easy to make. I frequently serve these chicken tacos to guests and they always get compliments!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Street Tacos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 463 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs trimmed boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For serving

  • 12 mini corn taco shells, warmed (double up if desired)
  • 1 large avocado,* cored and sliced
  • 1 small red or yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add chicken to a gallon size resealable bag. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin chili powder, cilantro, 1 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp pepper.

  2. Pour mixture over chicken in bag then seal bag while releasing an trapped air. Rub marinade over chicken. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinate at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours
  3. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat (it should come to 425 - 450 degrees). 

  4. Remove chicken from marinade and grill until chicken has cooked through , turning once halfway through grilling, about 5 - 6 minutes per side (thickest center should register 165 and thighs should be slightly charred). 

  5. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes.
  6. Dice grilled chicken into cubes. Sprinkle chicken over 1 or 2 tortillas per taco then add an avocado slice, diced chicken, onions and cilantro. 

  7. Serve warm, spritzing each taco with lime juice and drizzling with hot sauce.

Recipe Notes

  • *Try homemade guacamole for another delicious option.
  • Stick with chicken thighs for best results. They're more tender and juicier, they brown better and they have better flavor.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy