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Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

Cilantro lime chicken tacos are a popular dish in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, consisting of marinated and grilled chicken flavored with lime and cilantro, served in a tortilla with various toppings and garnishes. So, this dish has a rich history and cultural significance that is worth exploring.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes


  • cooking spray for sauteeing
  • 23 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup cilantro lime pesto (recipe follows)
  • flour or corn tortillas
  • preferred taco garnishes (salsa, sour cream, cheese, etc)


  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. In a skillet sprayed with cooking spray, saute chicken over medium high heat and cooked through.
  2. Toss cooked, seasoned chicken with the pesto.
  3. Fill tortillas with chicken and top with preferred garnishes.

* To make ahead/freezer meal – Cook chicken as directed as above and cool. Place chicken in freezer bag. Prepare cilantro lime pesto as directed below. Place a 1/2 cup of pesto in a small storage bag then place inside the freezer bag with the chicken. Freeze. When ready to prepare, defrost and heat chicken. Toss chicken with defrosted pesto. If desired, heat chicken and pesto together before filling tacos.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • Calories: 407 kcal
  • Sugar: 4.3 g
  • Sodium: 1182.2 mg
  • Fat: 20.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.8 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 31.8 g