Spicy Taco Chicken

It's Taco Tuesday y'all! It is one of my favorite days of the week.

Tacos are just one of those perfect foods around besides pizza.  That's a different day.
When I make tacos at home I like it simple.  I only like chicken or ground turkey, cheese (normally cheddar), taco sauce in Medium or Spicy in a flour soft taco shell and I am a happy gal.
I can eat Tex-Mex food any day of the week and I normally eat it at least two to three times.  As a Southern, I love my food spicy it clears the sinuses if you have a stuffy nose.

This chicken taste as if you cooked it over the flattop of a restaurant or a grill without even having to use one.

Some of the following spices might not be available in supermarkets. If you can't find *Mexican Oregano you can use regular Oregano but it wouldn't be as flavorful.  You probably can find Mexican Oregano at a Latin Market or check in the Latin food isle of your store it might be there. That goes for the Smoked Paprika too.

*Turmeric gives it color, slight flavor and I have read that it is good for inflammation.
If you do not have a Latin Market around or have in your supermarket you can find it online.

Tools you might need:
Gallon Ziplock Bag
Kitchen Shears or Knife
Nonstick Skillet
Plastic Cutting Board 

About 1/2 cup of season mixture
Spice Mix
3 tablespoons of Chili Powder
1 tablespoon of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons of Paprika (Sometimes called Fancy Paprika)
1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Chipotle Chili Pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons of Black Pepper, fresh cracked is better
1 1/2 teaspoons of Sea Salt or to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon of  Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon of Mexican Oregano*see note above
1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric*see not above (optional)
2 to 3 tablespoons of All Purpose Flour
2 to 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil or any unflavored oil
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, can use chicken thighs or quarters

I used about 4 pounds of chicken breast.  If you are using less than 4 pounds, lessen the amount of the spice mixture, flour and oil.

First, cut chicken breast using kitchen shears into smallish pieces. Don't cut them to small because they will shrink while cooking. 
Once all the chicken is cut place in gallon ziplock bag.
Combine chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, paprika, chiptole pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sea salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Sprinkle two to three tablespoons of mixture on top of the cut chicken then the flour and oil.
Message the spices, flour and oil together until all of it is coated.

Place in the fridge at least one hour to marinate but you can leave in long or even better overnight.
Once the marinating time is over preheat skillet or nonstick pan.
Cook it on the first side for at least 5 minutes then turn over cook for another 5 minutes.
To give a chard straight from the grill taste cook on each side for 7 to 8 minutes.
Once both sides are seared continue to cook for another 10 to 15 minutes stirs the chicken around. Check a piece for pinkness.  Once it is done let it sit for couple of minutes.
Enjoy in a soft shell taco, over a salad or with pasta.


  1. This looks so good!! I like how you got a nice roasted color on that chicken. YUM now I'm craving tacos for sure!

    1. The flour and oil helps with getting that roasted char on the chicken and searing it on each side helps with that as well.

  2. I have an obsession with Tacos. I am going to make these for Taco Tuesday!

    1. I do too have a healthy-ish obsession of tacos and each them anytime I can.

  3. Totally saving This! It sounds super delicious. Anything spicy my hubby and I love ❤ thanks for sharing! P.s. I love the font on your site. ��
    xo, Maria | https://imommy.co

    1. Awesome! It is super delicious. I already have another spice mixture ready to go to make another batch that's how much I love the chicken. I just updated my font so thank you for noticing.

  4. I don't know if my comment went through. I just clicked the I'm not a robot and it disappeared.

    I'm saving This! This looks super delicious. My hubby and I love spicy anything ❤. Thanks for sharing! �� p.s. I love the font on your site!
    xo, Maria | https://imommy.co

  5. This was great! i actually made it last night for Taco Tuesday!

    Can wait for more recipes!

    1. Totally awesome that you made this last night and glad that you enjoyed it.

  6. This looks really good! I would have to tone down the spice a bit. I'm more of a sweet and sour girl. :)

    1. You totally can lessen the spiciness. I'm just a lover of really spicy food.

  7. YUM!! We love Taco Tuesdays in our house, and this recipe will be a hit, for sure! I love your descriptions, and that beautiful shot of the spices! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Looks like an easy to follow recipe! Love the line up of spices you've chosen. I'd actually try that for Jackfruit or tofu, since I'm a vegetarian. But it's easy enough to swap out!

    Rebecca | morerebe.com

    1. Trying a vegetarian version sounds really good.

  9. This is so yum. I definitely need to give this a try.

  10. We eat tacos quite often but to be honest, we usually buy the boxed kit. I never really gave it much thought to use my own spices, how did I not think of this. Thanks for posting such a great recipe!

  11. Wow, the taco seasoning mix sounds amazing, can't wait to try ti!


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