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These Garlic Lime Grilled Chicken Tacos are so delicious and savory! Chicken is marinated in a juicy lime garlic sauce, grilled and then served on warm tortillas for a taco treat everyone will love!

Close up of Chicken Tacos in a taco holder.

We love celebrating Tuesdays with tacos, but let’s be honest, there’s no bad time to have a taco. Grilled garlic lime tacos are so delicious, you will want to make them all the time—and why not? If you’re having company, these are super fun because they are casual and inviting, but completely delicious! If you’re grilling for an outdoor or summer gathering, why not swap out the burgers for a gourmet taco? Need to make them indoors? It’s easy to swap out the grill for a skillet. These chicken tacos are super fresh and simple to make, but still pack in a ton of flavor! The combination of tangy lime and savory garlic together transforms plain chicken into something amazing! You can serve them with the ingredients here in the recipe, or any of your favorite taco toppings.

What is the best way to warm up tortillas for tacos?

If you like your tortillas more moist and flexible, you can microwave them in small batches for 30 seconds at a time and then make sure they are placed in a container with a lid. If, on the other hand, you prefer a drier, crispier tortilla, you can either flip them on a grill or stove top griddle until the edges turn brown. I like them warmed over a grill. Whichever way you prefer, I recommend that you wrap them in tin foil or make sure you place them in a container to keep them warm while you eat.

Can I make the meat in advance?

Yes. I definitely prefer the meat fresh off the grill, but it you are pressed for time, the meat can be made in advance and reheated. Reheating in the oven is best. Wrap the chicken in foil so it doesn’t dry out. Place in oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chicken Taco Marinade in a ziplock bag.
Grilled Chicken on the grill.

Can I use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs for chicken tacos?

We recommend using chicken thighs when making chicken tacos due to the flavor and moisture of the dark meat. When grilling, chicken thighs are also much harder to dry out. You can use boneless skinless chicken breasts in place of the chicken thighs. To retain moisture, be sure to use a meat thermometer so you don’t overcook your meat which will dry it out. Chicken breasts also cook more quickly than chicken thighs so be sure to keep an eye on them and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Does the chicken have to be grilled? Can I make it on the stove instead?

No. The chicken can easily be cooked on a stove top. If preparing on a stove top, heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Cook the chicken for about 5-7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chicken Tacos in a taco holder with their ingredients in the background.

If you like awesome variations on the beloved taco, here are some others you might like:

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Close up of Chicken Tacos in a taco holder.
These Garlic Lime Grilled Chicken Tacos are so delicious and savory! Chicken is marinated in a juicy lime garlic sauce, grilled and then served on warm tortillas for a taco treat everyone will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Chicken Marinade

  • boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  paprika
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried parsley
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • cloves  garlic minced
  • tablespoons  lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

For Serving

  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 12 corn or flour tortillas
  • In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, salt, paprika, pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley, garlic, lime juice, and olive oil. Pour over chicken thighs in a shallow dish or plastic ziploc bag. Marinate 1 hour.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill over high heat (400-500 degrees).
  • Sear chicken until golden brown 3 to 4 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking chicken until chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove from grill and chop into small pieces.
  • Serve on warmed tortillas and top with desired toppings.
Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.


Serving: 2tacos | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken Tacos, Tacos
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John Dosemage
May 13, 2020 9:02 am

This is an amazing recipe. I have made this now for the third time, with a few additions. I have increased the amount of lime & added some lemon juice (2 TBSP). Also added a tsp of cumin & a dash of honey. This really packs great flavor…definitely add this to your rotation of recipes!!!!

January 22, 2020 8:01 pm

This is my family’s all time favorite recipe. Best tacos hands down!

June 7, 2020 7:07 am

5 stars
So delicious 😋

Karen Nijim
May 19, 2020 9:41 am

4 stars
Excellent actually I like lime better than lemon with spicy or Spanish food

August 24, 2020 7:28 am

This reciepe is amazing!! My sister and I make this every week! The flavor of the spices was unlike anything we had ever eaten before. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE!!!

Paula Costanza
August 21, 2020 10:02 pm

I made this for dinner last night and my kids loved it. Actually, we all did. Thank you!

Traci Stiles
August 1, 2020 4:15 pm

5 stars
My husband said these were delicious. He compared it to restaurant quality. I loved it too. We used street tortillas. We are going to make this every week. Love your recipes.

December 29, 2019 10:59 pm

4 stars
Thanks for the delish taco , Excellent for friends over for Monday night football.

John Meeks
December 3, 2019 5:31 pm

5 stars
Made this for dinner tonight very delicious. We are adding this recipe to our weekly rotation

Alexis Terry DeHaas
November 14, 2020 2:26 pm

5 stars
What a GREAT recipe!! Thank you!! 🙂

September 28, 2020 7:52 am

I have tried many of your recipes and I will try this one today. All the ones I have tried has been great and enjoyed by all. I love you and I love the way you show the recipes, it’s like my Girlfriend is telling me how to put together my recipe. Easily understood no fuss recipes. That are good. My only wish is that I had it in a form that I could keep your talking recipes. Don’t stop, keep them coming and I will keep cook. Thank you

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