These shredded chicken street tacos are so easy to make! Marinated chicken thighs can be cooked on the grill, on the stove, or even in the slow cooker. Fill corn tortillas and top with chopped onions, avocado, and cilantro, or your favorite toppings.

These easy Mexican street tacos filled with spiced shredded chicken, chopped onions, avocado, and cilantro are sure to become a favorite with everyone!

Who doesn’t love tacos? They’ve got to be one of my favorite foods, and I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s the same for you. So, this chicken taco recipe is for me, you, and everyone out there who loves a quick and easy (and delicious!) meal.

Street tacos are one of my favorite dishes to order at Mexican restaurants and cafés, and I love that they’re simple enough to make at home. You can cook these easy chicken tacos on your grill, in a cast iron pan on the stovetop, and even in a slow cooker. The chicken is moist, tender and full of flavor! Add your favorite toppings and enjoy.

My kids gobble them up as fast as I can put them together, and I admit that I have a hard time not devouring three or four in a single sitting too. We just love these shredded chicken street tacos, and I know you will too!

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Why I use chicken thighs

I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe (and many others) instead of chicken breasts, as thighs have more fat which translates into more flavor and juiciness. This makes the shredded chicken street tacos more flavorful and prevents them from becoming dry or overcooked. And boy, these chicken tacos are SO juicy and delicious.

Spiced and grilled chicken thighs to be shredded for the easiest Mexican street tacos

How to make shredded chicken street tacos

This street taco recipe is pretty basic and so easy to make! 

  1. Season chicken. Trim chicken thighs of excess fat and toss in a bowl with olive oil, garlic and spices. You can use the chicken right away, or let it sit in the fridge for up to 24 hours before cooking.
  2. Cook on the grill. This is my favorite way to cook the chicken, as it gives it a lot of delicious char and flavor. Preheat grill to medium high heat and grease grates if needed. Grill on each side for about 4-5 minutes until browned well, and chicken is cooked thoroughly. (An instant read thermometer should read 165°F) -OR-
  3. Cook on the stovetop. If you want to cook the chicken over your stove, choose a heavy-bottom skillet such as a cast iron pan. Preheat your skillet over medium high heat and add up to 1 tablespoon of oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until completely cooked through. -OR-
  4. Cook in a slow cooker. This is a great “set it and forget it” option to prep this recipe ahead of time. Add chicken to a slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours until cooked through, but exact times will depend on your slow cooker.
  5. Shred chicken. Once chicken is done, let the meat rest for a few minutes. Then use forks to finely shredded. You can also use an electric mixer, or even a specific shredder tool.
  6. Serve with toppings as desired. Serve chicken right away with tortillas and your favorite toppings (I’ve added chopped white onions, avocado, cilantro and lime). If you want to keep the chicken warm to serve later, keep in a slow cooker on the warm setting. This is great for parties too!
Serve shredded chicken street tacos with chopped onions, avocado, and fresh cilantro

Serving suggestions

  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Chopped onions
  • Guacamole or sliced avocado
  • Pico de gallo, salsa or hot sauce
  • Cotija cheese or another shredded cheese
  • Shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • Fresh lime
  • Fresh cilantro
These easy Mexican street tacos filled with spiced shredded chicken, chopped onions, avocado, and cilantro are sure to become a favorite with everyone!

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These easy Mexican street tacos filled with spiced shredded chicken, chopped onions, avocado, and cilantro are sure to become a favorite with everyone!
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Shredded Chicken Street Tacos

Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
These easy Mexican street tacos filled with spiced shredded chicken, chopped onions, avocado, and cilantro are sure to become a favorite with everyone!

Ingredients
 

Shredded chicken:

  • Approximately 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs , trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

For serving:

  • Flour or corn street taco-style tortillas
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Other toppings as desired

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl toss chicken thighs with olive oil, minced garlic, spices, and salt. Mix until chicken is evenly coated in spice mixture.
  • To cook on the stovetop:
    Preheat cast iron or heavy-bottom skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and coat bottom of the pan. Cook chicken 4-5 minutes on each side until well-browned and completely cooked through.
  • To cook on the grill:
    Preheat grill to medium high heat. Cook chicken 4-5 minutes on each side until well-browned and completely cooked through.
  • Let cooked chicken rest for a few minutes, then shred with two forks or an
    electric mixer.
  • Serve with warmed tortillas and desired toppings.
  • Store leftover chicken in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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Calories: 489kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 215mg, Sodium: 623mg, Potassium: 855mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 552IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 78mg, Iron: 3mg
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Main Course
Author: Annalise Sandberg
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