A collection of our MOST favorite Mexican chicken recipes, from main dishes to appetizers and soups! Each recipe is packed with zesty Mexican flavor and a hearty amount of chicken.
We make Mexican chicken recipes probably as often as we make chicken pasta recipes (which is really frequently)! A lot of these recipes can be used as main dishes or as appetizers, they’re so versatile!
zesty Chicken recipes everyone loves
Mexican food is definitely unique. Each state has its own style of cooking up the blend between Spanish Food and Indigenous Mexican Food. I rarely find anyone who doesn’t like this delicious cuisine.
The use of bold and spicy flavors such as onions, garlic, Mexican oregano, chili powder, chipotle peppers and cumin, along with green chili sauce, red chili sauce and salsa are tell tail signs of yummy Mexican cuisine.
The blends of these flavors definitely elevate simple common ingredients, such as chicken, which is what this post is all about.
Mexican Flavors + Chicken = Triumph!
Before sharing all our favorite Mexican chicken recipes, I do have a tidbit of helpful info to share.
Tips for the tastiest Mexican chicken dishes:
- Precooked Chicken: Many of the recipes I share call for precooked shredded chicken. I have an easy recipe HERE you can use. You can also use canned chicken or shred up a rotisserie chicken.
- Substitute: Turkey can be substituted in most all of these recipes.
- Tortillas: Corn tortillas and flour tortillas are popular to use in these Mexican food recipes, or to serve on the side. I always have some in the freezer to pull out to use with my recipes. Rice and Beans are also popular sides.
- Lime: Squeeze fresh limes over your dishes. It brightens up the flavors and is used quite often to finish off a Mexican dish.
- Toppings: Let the main recipe shine! Use sour cream, extra cheese and other toppings sparingly so the flavor of the dish doesn’t get overpowered.
- When cutting peppers, be cautions. They are not only hot in your mouth, but can also be hot when making contact with your skin. Wearing rubber gloves when prepping your chilies can be helpful.
- Cilantro: When a recipe calls for cilantro always try to use fresh cilantro. The dried stuff just does not have the same flavor.
What cuts of chicken are used most often in Mexican Chicken recipes?
Chicken breasts and chicken thighs are two of the most used cuts when cooking a Mexican dish, but tenders may also be used. They both do well whole or cut into pieces. They can also easily be cooked and shredded.
The main difference between the two cuts is that the thighs are fattier which means they are also more moist than chicken breasts. For the most part the two proteins are interchangeable according to your preference.
STORE leftover Instapot or crockpot Mexican chicken is the best when wanting to make shredded chicken. I will purposefully make more than the recipe calls for just so that I can have some for later. This makes the meal prep for other dishes infinitely easier.
If you know you are going to be using the remaining shredded chicken soon, simply keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to days.
To FREEZE it for longer storage, divide the chicken into 1 cup portions and place each portion into a plastic baggie. Then, place all the baggies together in a freezer safe storage container. They can be kept frozen for at least for 4 months.
Side dishes to serve with Mexican chicken recipes:
Our Favorite Mexican Chicken Recipes
Whether baked, fried or slow cooked you’ll be able to find just the right dish for your evening meal.
Most all of the dishes that are casseroles can be assembled ahead of time and either stored in the fridge or kept in the freezer until you’re ready to bake and serve. I try to whip up two when I make these Mexican chicken casseroles, and eat one that night and put the other in the freezer.
Chicken Flautas – Delicious, Crunchy Flautas Filled With Shredded Chicken (Shredded Beef Works Too), Salsa, Cheese, Green Chiles And More! They Can Be Fried, Air Fried Or Even Baked To Be A Delicious And Easy Dinner Idea Or Appetizer.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas – Our most classic enchilada recipe! Green chiles, chicken, cheese, and sour cream rolled into corn tortillas and baked smothered in green enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole – Our favorite enchiladas in casserole form with layers of corn tortillas, chicken, cheese, sour cream, and green enchilada sauce.
Chicken Taco Salad – Crunchy And Fresh Chicken Taco Salad Is A Weeknight Dinner Dream! Easy, Flavorful, And A Recipe That Everyone Will Enjoy.
Chicken Tacos – Chicken tacos inside a crispy fried corn tortilla, topped with all your favorite taco fixings!
Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken – A copycat of the famous shredded chicken from Cafe Rio. Use in burritos, tacos, salads, and more!
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas – Flavorful fajita fixings (chicken, onions, and bell peppers) all cooked on one sheet pan!
Chicken Chimichangas – A flavorful chicken and rice mixture inside a large flour tortilla, baked in the oven for a nice crispy outside.
Chicken Fajitas – Slathered in seasoning, sizzling Chicken Fajitas are on the table in 30 minutes. They are bursting with flavor!!
Appetizers and Soups
Both the appetizers and soups make great partners to any Mexican main dish, but they do just fine on their own as well! The appetizers are great to serve for Mexican Food Night or for Super Bowl Sunday.
These soups take the flavors from your favorite dishes, like Tacos or Enchiladas, and turn it into a hearty soup sure to warm you up on a chilly day. Most soups can even be frozen so go ahead and whip up a double batch: one now and one for later.
Chicken Quesadillas – A recipe for chicken and cheese quesadillas with a yummy homemade sauce. Great for appetizers, snacks, or dinner!
Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos – Creamy and cheesy chicken mixture rolled in corn tortillas and deep fried. SO delicious!
Chicken Enchilada Dip – A hot dip that tastes just like a creamy chicken enchilada. Delicious for dipping tortilla chips and Fritos.
Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup – Creamy chicken, corn, and green chiles perfectly cooked in the crock pot.
Mexican Soup – Lighter broth-based soup with chicken, and vegetables, topped with tortilla strips.
Fajita Chili – A tomato based chili full of chicken, beans, bell peppers, and rice.
Green Chili Chicken Soup – Perfectly spiced Green Chili Chicken Soup is like an enchilada in soup form! It’s hearty, delicious, and is always a crowd pleaser.
Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup – A copycat recipe of Chili’s enchilada soup made with red enchilada sauce.
Chicken Tortilla Soup – This soup is packed with flavorful ingredients including chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans, green chilis, and lots of seasonings!
Chicken Taco Soup – A warm, hearty, and tasty soup full of chicken, beans, corn, spices, and of course – tortilla strips on top!
Mexican Chicken Breast Recipes
Chicken is easy to freeze and I always have some on hand, that way I can always whip up some of our favorite dishes! You can’t go wrong with any of these family favorites.
Cilantro Lime Chicken – This Cilantro Lime Chicken Is Full Of Flavor And An Easy Weeknight Meal. Fresh Lime Juice, Cilantro, And Loads Of Fresh Garlic Make A Flavorful Marinade!
Salsa Verde Chicken – Juicy Salsa Verde Chicken Is Moist And Delicious. It Is Simple With The Perfect Level Of Spice, For A Quick And Tasty Dinner Option!
Salsa Chicken – Salsa chicken is your ticket to a 30-minute meal that the whole family will love! And it’s all baked in one pan for easy clean up!
Mexican Chicken – Mexican chicken is topped with salsa and cheese for a tasty quick meal. It takes chicken to the next spice level!
Green Chili Chicken – Green Chili Chicken Is Easy And Delicious. Topped With Cheese And Green Chili Sauce Guarantees It Will Become A New Favorite In No Time!!
Mexican Chicken Casserole Recipes
In this case, I’m including pretty much all dishes that are baked in a casserole dish in the oven, regardless of whether they’re a traditional “casserole” or not. 😉 Each of these recipes are simple to throw together earlier on and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to pop it in the oven.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas – One of our favorite Mexican dishes – Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe!! Corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, cheese, Las Palmas green chile enchilada sauce, sour cream, and green chiles, topped with more sauce and cheese!
Mexican Lasagna – Flour tortillas layered with tons of cheese, shredded chicken, las palmas green chile enchilada sauce, black beans, corn, and lots of seasonings!!
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas – Green chile chicken enchiladas made from chicken, sour cream, cream cheese and more stuffed into a soft flour tortilla. These are the creamiest chicken enchiladas you will ever find!
Mexican Casserole – This Mexican casserole is an easy weekday dinner idea that is full of Spanish rice, chicken, and melty cheese. It’s flavorful and everyone will love it!
Chicken Enchilada Casserole – Everything you love about chicken enchiladas and casseroles combined into one tasty dinner dish. This simple recipe is a crowd pleaser and will become one of your weekly dinner rotations.
The COmplete List
Here are the picture cards for all of the fantastic Mexican Chicken Recipes listed above.
These savory dishes are some of our family favorites and are sure to be a big hit in your home too! And so many of them can be made ahead, which is a huge bonus! Let me know which recipes are your family favorites – I’d love to know!