Chicken Tacos

Super easy restaurant-style Chicken Tacos. Easy ingredients including shredded chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, & corn tortillas.

Chicken Tacos have become one of our go-to Mexican recipes. Served with Mexican Rice and Salsa, this simple recipe is loved by all and can be customized by toppings and your chicken mixture.

Chicken Tacos on plate

restaurant-style Chicken Tacos

One of the main dishes we have at all of our Mexican family get-togethers is Fried Chicken Tacos. Each of us make it a little differently, but it’s something we always have and expect when we are having Mexican food at a Luna event, along with our famous empanadas and enchiladas.

These tacos are easy and yummy! What’s best is I like to cook all my chicken in advance and divide it and put it into freezer bags, so I can just pull out a bag in the morning, let it thaw through out the day and have it ready to cook in time for dinner.

It also helps that they are loved by the whole fam and taste just like the Chicken Tacos found at your local Mexican Restaurants – crunchy and delicious!

Shredded chicken for shredded chicken tacos

How to make chicken tacos

Making these tacos is beyond easy. There are different ways to make the chicken mixture, but we like to include the following in it:

  • Shredded chicken
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Mexican Style Cheese
  • Diced Green chiles (optional)

My mom uses just chicken, salt, pepper and oregano in hers. The chicken filling has so many variations, so use the ingredients and spices you like most.

To make the tacos, begin by prepping your chicken so it’s exactly what you want in it. I usually cook up a bunch at once by throwing it in the crockpot on LOW for most the day. Once it’s done and all the way cooked through then take out of crockpot, shred and add the spices, cheese and chiles.

Add vegetable oil to your pan and turn to LOW/MEDIUM heat. Add some chicken to the middle of your corn tortilla. Then grab with your tongs. I like to rock mine back and forth when the oil is ready until I can lay the taco down without opening up.

FLASH FRY? If your corn tortillas are cracking easily, you can flash fry them in the oil for a second or two on each side, then fill and re-fry. We like to use the Kroger brand of corn tortillas which don’t crack easily and don’t require flash frying first.

Take out taco when both sides are cooked and lay on a plate with paper towel on it to help drain the oil.

Add any toppings such as shredded lettuce and tomatoes and/or extra cheese.

Taco Variations:

Can you make soft tacos? Of course you can. If you are wanting to make tacos with this same chicken mixture, we recommend heating up the chicken, salt and pepper and green chiles in the microwave and then adding the cheese before adding to a soft flour tortilla.

Can you roll tacos? Yes, you can roll these instead of making them in a taco shape. When they are rolled, we call them flautas. They taste great and are also perfect for serving as an appetizer at parties.

Other flavors: You can also change up the flavor of these tacos, by adding different spices and cheeses. My mom likes to make them with just shredded chicken, salt, pepper, oregano and cheese.

How to make chicken tacos process pics

Storing & Serving

How to store leftover tacos? We don’t think fried food reheats as well as when it’s fresh, but having said that, if we have leftover tacos, we place them on a plate covered with Saran wrap and reheat them in the oven on low or using the microwave.

what to serve with chicken tacos? We have so many favorite recipes that we like to serve with this shredded chicken taco recipe, but here are some of our favorites:

Easy Chicken Tacos recipe - tacos on gray plate

These tacos are SO stinking good!! We add shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes too along with salsa to make these a hit at dinner.

I know you can buy pre-made shells at the store, and that things are less healthy when they are fried, but these tacos are so good and will be a hit at your next Mexican Meal. 🙂

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Chicken Taco Recipe

4.92 from 25 votes
Delicious restaurant-style Chicken Tacos that are fried and perfect for any Mexican Meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Calories 167 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups chicken shredded
  • 1 4 oz. can green chiles
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Prep chicken by adding shredded chicken, green chiles, cheese, salt and pepper to a bowl - and mix. 
  • Add vegetable oil to your pan and turn to LOW/MEDIUM heat. Add some chicken to the middle of your corn tortilla. Then grab with your tongs. Rock back and forth when the oil is ready until the taco can lay down without opening up.
  • Take out taco when both sides are cooked and lay on a plate with paper towel on it to help drain the oil.
  • Add any toppings such as shredded lettuce and tomatoes and/or extra cheese.

Video

Notes

FLASH FRY? If your corn tortillas are cracking easily, you can flash fry them in the oil for a second or two on each side, then fill and re-fry. We like to use the Kroger brand of corn tortillas which don't crack easily and don't require flash frying first.

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    If I could give 10 stars I would! I make these for big family gatherings. They are my absolute favorite. I crave them. Such a game changer from taco shells you buy in the store. Such a simple recipe but so amazing!

  2. 5 stars
    I usually try a new recipe for tacos every Tuesday, but after we had these my whole family asked that these be the tacos we have every week instead. Second time making them tonight and I woke up this morning and my first thought was TACOS!!!! They are SO good!!! Better than any restaurant taco. Definitely add the green chilies. Thank you for the recipe!!!!

    1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear! I’m so glad your family enjoys the tacos! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Wow such simply and easy ingredients to pull together. Monday might come again before week is out.

    1. Haha! Yes! We’re all about simple, quick and delicious. No one will be mad if Monday comes around twice in a week, right? 😉

  4. 4 stars
    Made your salsa, then used that instead of the tomato sauce to make your Spanish/Mexican rice. Used my deep fryer the kids were so interested in the tacos and toppings (Guac, Sour cream, lettuce, tomato and more salsa) that I forgot about the rice. 🙁

    1. Oh I have done that a time or two… forgotten about a dish cooking! I feel you there. That’s a fun change to swap the salsa for the tomato sauce. I’m sure it would have tasted delicious! Hope the chicken tacos turned out yummy too.

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