taco filled with cilantro lime chicken

Easy Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Tacos

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 35 minutes
  • yield Yield: 10 - 12 tacos 1x
  • category Category: Chicken
  • method Method: Grill
  • cuisine Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These Quick & Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos are the perfect weeknight meal. Made with a 15 minute chicken marinade, grilled then served on a warm tortilla with avocado crema and fresh pico de gallo for the ultimate bite.



Cilantro Lime Chicken

  • 1.5 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pico de Gallo:

  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 12 tablespoons diced jalapeño
  • juice of 1 lime (12 tablespoons)
  • salt to taste

Avocado Crema:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • 10 corn tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • optional: pickled onions and fresh cilantro for garnish


Cilantro Lime Chicken:

  1. To a small bowl, add 1/4 cup of lime juice, olive oil, 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, ground cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Whisk until mixed.
  2. Add chicken and marinade to a large ziplock bag. Let chicken marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat grill to medium high heat (about 400°F). Place chicken on grill and grill each side for 4-6 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and internal temperature reaches 165°F. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. When ready roughly chop chicken into small dices or cubes. Set aside.

Pico de Gallo:

  1. To a medium bowl add roma tomato, red onion, fresh cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice and salt to taste. Gently toss together and set aside.

Avocado Crema:

  1. To a food processor add, avocado, garlic, 1/4 cup cilantro, cumin, red pepper flakes, 1.5 tablespoons of lime juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil and salt. Blend until smooth and looks like a puree or dressing. Set aside.

Assemble Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos:

  1. To heat corn tortillas: heat a skillet to medium high heat, spray both sides of tortilla with cooking spray and cook for 1-2 minutes on either side until browned.
  2. Assemble Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos: To one heated corn tortilla add 2 tablespoons of avocado crema, chopped chicken, pico de gallo and crumbled queso fresco.
  3. Serve.

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