It’s National Taco Day, and I’m celebrating with a new recipe for Easy 20 Minute Chicken Taco. Like I need an excuse to make tacos! Tacos, fajitas, and burritos are regulars on my dinner menu. I love that they are quick and easy to make and everyone can customize them to their liking. I make the filling, place the toppings and tortillas on the table, and everyone else does the rest of the work for themselves. Nice! Even better is this recipe is ready in a mere 20 minutes. That’s pretty quick for a full meal, but I’m more than willing to give it a try!
Quick 20 minute grilled chicken tacos topped with pico de gallo and creamy cilantro sauce. These spicy tacos are perfect for weeknight dinners and are sure to please the entire family.
The ingredients for these tacos were all easy to find. I had a few things like spices and oil, of course. The rest has to be shopped.
I didn’t have any trouble finding the tortillas (I chose flour) or produce. I did find chicken thighs, but I had to skin and debone them myself. It’s something I’ve done a million times. My trusty fillet knife is always sharp, so it only took me about 5 minutes to do. Four deboned and skinned thighs were just over 1 pound.
The way this recipe is written makes it look like it breaks down into 2 parts: the tacos and the pice de gallo. However, there is also a recipe for cilantro sauce listed in the notes—ingredients and instructions.
I remember adding the sauce to the recipe software that I use to make my weekly menus and grocery shopping list. That meant I bought all the ingredients for the tacos, pico de gallo, and cilantro sauce.
Unfortunately, I printed the recipe from Gimme Delicious and forgot the sauce recipe was in the notes. I was so focused on the ingredient list and instructions that I totally missed the notes and therefore the cilantro sauce. I didn’t realize it until I began writing this post 🙁
However, I’m happy to say that my first attempt at these Easy 20 Minute Chicken Tacos went off without a hitch. It did go fast, and the entire 20 minutes was active time. Technically 19 minutes and 38 seconds, but who’s counting?😁 But I had beautiful chicken tacos topped with fresh pico de gallo at the end of it. I even added some shredded cheese I happened to have left over from another recipe.
Now you know I can’t really review this recipe without making all of it. I had to try it with the cilantro sauce, and my husband was more than down for that. We both loved the first try, so adding cilantro sauce can only make it better!
Easy 20 Minute Chicken Tacos, Take 2
I bought some more chicken, limes, and cilantro to combine with the other leftover ingredients. Love those short shopping lists!
Making this recipe the second time was very similar to the first. There were 20 minutes and 2 seconds of chopping, mixing, and frying. In the end, I had all the fixings ready to make tacos. There wasn’t time to assemble them, but I had everything ready to go in bowls and on plates, even the lime wedges
I proved to myself this Easy 20 Minute Chicken Tacos recipe can be done with the cilantro sauce with only an extra 40 seconds added to the time. And it was still within the 20-minute time.