Take ordinary chicken tacos up a notch with these flavorful, tender, marinated chicken taco. Chunks of chicken marinate in a flavorful mixture of lime juice, spices, brown sugar, and oil. Cooks in one skillet pan on the stove top. Serve with tortillas and your favorite taco toppings. This is an easy, quick, 20 minute dinner!
I have been so busy updating some old posts on the blog with new pictures. That’s the reason there have been so many dessert recipes on the blog lately. Because the things we’re having for dinner are recipes that are already on the blog that need some pretty new pictures 🙂
I should probably also add that some of the desserts posted recently, like these reese’s stuffed monster cookies, were made out of sheer desperation in the middle of a bad and horrible day. Those cookies brought much needed relief and happiness!
I am loving skillet dinners lately. They are so convenient because they cook up in one pan on the stove top. They’re also usually quick, 30 minute meals. Which is important when you have 3 kids whining all at the same for dinner. Not just whining but more like I-am-about-to-die-of-starvation whining 🙂 Even tho they just ate a “snack” 10 minutes earlier. Does that sound like your house too? Or just mine?! And that only happens during the summer. They can go all day at school with basically nothing to eat.
Another favorite skillet meal are these skillet chicken ranch fajitas and this turkey taco pasta skillet. Oh, and I better not forget about this chicken burrito skillet….. which also happens to be on this weeks menu plan. Have you seen that yet? I am posting a menu plan every Saturday morning. Be sure and check that out.
Take 2 large chicken breasts and cut it into small, bite size pieces. Throw it in a Ziploc bag (or a bowl) and then add some spices, brown sugar, lime juice, and oil. The oil helps get the meat super tender. Let that sit in the fridge and marinate for 3-4 hours.
You don’t want to marinate for any longer than that because the citrus juice and acid can “cook” the chicken and turn it white while marinating. We don’t want that!
Use a slotted spoon to move the marinated chicken pieces into a skillet pan. Cook it up until the chicken is pink and garnish with cilantro (if wanted). And that’s it. It really is so easy and the flavor is insanely delicious in these chicken tacos.
You might have some extra liquid from the chicken while cooking it, which is fine, just cook it until most of the juices have cooked down and evaporated. It should take 10 minutes top for the chicken to be done and that juice to be gone.
Enjoy this easy dinner. Let me know if you try it out and what you think. I love to hear from you! ♥
Take ordinary chicken tacos up a notch with these flavorful, tender, marinated chicken tacos. Chunks of chicken marinate in a flavorful mixture of lime juice, spices, brown sugar, and oil. Cooks in one skillet pan on the stove top. Serve with tortillas and your favorite taco toppings. This is an easy, quick, 20 minute dinner!
- 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons oil (olive, canola, or vegetable)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- flour or corn tortillas, warmed
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomato
- sour cream
- Cut chicken breasts into small, bite-size pieces. Place into a gallon sized Ziploc bag.
- Add the garlic, lime juice, oil, brown sugar, and spices. Or you can use 2 tablespoons taco seasoning in place of the spices.
- Close bag and squish and mix together with your hands making sure that all chicken is coated in the marinade. Let refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken from the bag to the skillet pan.
- In a skillet pan, over medium-high heat, cook the chicken until cooked through. If you still have lots of juice/liquid in your skillet, reduce heat to medium and let it cook until most the juice has evaporated. This should not take longer than 10 minutes.
- Serve with flour or corn tortillas and your favorite taco toppings!
In place of all the spices (chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper) you can use 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning.