BBQ Chicken Tacos: A Delicious and Wholesome Meal

Three BBQ Chicken Tacos on an oval bowl.

Taco lovers, rejoice! BBQ Chicken Tacos are a go-to dinner option that tick all the boxes for satisfying, healthy, and easy-to-make meals. Picture this: succulent marinated BBQ chicken nestled in a warm tortilla, topped with black beans, sweet corn, onion, fresh cilantro, creamy avocado, and an irresistible cilantro lime sauce. It’s a flavor explosion waiting to happen.

Why You’ll Love This Meal

Taco Tuesday Delight

If you’re anything like me, tacos hold a special place in your heart. The beauty of these BBQ Chicken Tacos lies in their versatility. You can customize them to your heart’s content, adding your favorite toppings and creating a culinary masterpiece that suits your palate.

A Healthy Feast

Not only do these grilled chicken tacos satisfy your taste buds, but they also provide a healthy dose of protein and fresh veggies. Packed with nutrition, they are as nourishing as they are delicious.

The Sauce that Elevates

No BBQ Chicken Taco is complete without a dollop of creamy cilantro lime sauce. This homemade delight takes just a few ingredients to whip up but takes these tacos to the next level. Trust me, once you try it, you won’t want to skip this mouthwatering addition.

How to Craft BBQ Chicken Tacos

BBQ Chicken being marinated in a Ziploc bag.

Let’s go through the simple steps to bring these delectable tacos to life.

  1. Marinate the Chicken: Place the chicken and ⅓ cup of BBQ sauce in a ziplock bag. Let it marinate in the fridge for 1-3 hours, allowing the flavors to meld harmoniously.

  2. Whip Up the Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce: Combine all the sauce ingredients until smooth. Pop it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble your tacos. The good news is that this sauce can be made ahead of time, giving you more flexibility in your meal prep.

  3. Grill the Chicken: Preheat your grill and lightly grease it with oil or cooking spray. Cook the marinated chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping once, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Once cooked, let it rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes before chopping. Don’t forget to baste it with more BBQ sauce for that extra burst of flavor.

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A two-image collage of grilled BBQ Chicken fresh off the grill, and then cut up for tacos.

  1. Assemble Your Tacos: Warm the tortillas on the grill or in a hot dry skillet. Spoon the chopped chicken onto each tortilla, followed by corn, black beans, tomatoes, and avocado. Drizzle the tacos with extra BBQ sauce and the tantalizing cilantro lime sauce. To add the finishing touch, garnish with fresh cilantro. You’re now ready to dig in and savor the delightful combination of flavors.

A two-image collage of all the toppings for BBQ Chicken Tacos, and then the tacos assembled and ready to eat.

The Perfect Way to Heat Corn Tortillas

If you’re wondering how to achieve that sought-after texture for your corn tortillas, here’s the trick: heat them in a skillet on the stove or on the grill. Cook each side for a few seconds until golden spots appear. Transfer them to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep them warm. Stack them up, making sure to cover them after each addition. Avoid using the microwave, as it tends to make the tortillas soft and prone to tearing.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions

To make your meal prep easier, here are some tips:

  • Make Ahead: Marinate the chicken in advance, and chop the veggies, keeping them separately in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

  • Freezing: If you have leftovers or want to prepare in advance, place the cooked or marinated chicken in a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to two months. This way, you can always have a delicious meal ready to go whenever the craving strikes.

Recipe Variations to Explore

Here are some exciting ways to switch things up and experiment with different flavors:

  • Vegetables: Feel free to get creative and use this recipe as an opportunity to clear out your fridge. Grilled zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, chopped lettuce, or olives are just some of the veggies you can add to enhance your BBQ Chicken Tacos.

  • Vegetarian Twist: If chicken isn’t your thing, you can marinate extra firm tofu instead. It’s a fantastic way to cater to vegetarian palates without sacrificing flavor.

  • Crockpot Magic: For a fuss-free cooking experience, place the chicken in a crockpot and generously cover it with BBQ sauce. Let it cook on low for 3-5 hours, or until tender. Once done, chop or shred the chicken to use in your tacos.

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More Taco Delights to Explore

If you can’t get enough of tacos, here are some more mouthwatering recipes to try:

  • Birria Tacos
  • Baked Tacos
  • Grilled Fish Tacos
  • Taco Salad
  • Mushroom Tacos
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Carne Asada Tacos
  • Walking Tacos
  • Instant Pot Lentil Tacos

Whether you’re a taco aficionado or simply looking for a tasty and nutritious meal, BBQ Chicken Tacos are a winner. They embody the perfect balance of flavors, freshness, and satisfaction on every plate. So, grab your ingredients, fire up the grill, and get ready to indulge in a taco experience like no other.

I originally shared this recipe in July 2018. Updated in July 2022 with new photos and helpful tips.

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