July 17, 2012

Easy Weeknight Chicken Tacos

 These tacos were quick and easy and they tasted DELICIOUS.  I knew I wanted to try them after seeing they called for orange juice.  My favorite carnitas recipe calls for orange juice and I figured it would be perfect with chicken too.  

Since these call for chipotle chiles in adobo, I think they would be too spicy for kids.  Even the smallest amount of those chipotle chiles adds a big kick.  You can buy chipotle chili powder seasoning and I think that would be a great substitute, because you still get that nice smoky flavor, but not so much heat.
 Easy Weeknight Chicken Tacos
adapted from: America's Test Kitchen
(Printable Recipe)

3 Tbl. butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. chipotle chiles in adobo, seeds removed, minced
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. + 1/4 c. cilantro, minced, divided
1 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 2)
1/2 tsp. yellow mustard
salt and pepper, to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Melt the butter.  Add the garlic clove and minced chipotle chiles and cook for about 30 seconds.  Add the orange juice, 1/2 cup minced cilantro and Worcestershire; stir well.  Add the chicken breasts and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is done. Flip over halfway through.  The thickest part of the chicken should register 160 degrees.  

Remove chicken and set aside to rest for a few minutes.  Continue heating the sauce and reduce to a glaze.  Add 1/2 tsp. of yellow mustard (this helps emulsify it) and stir well.  Shred the chicken and add back to the glaze; toss to coat.  Stir in 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in toasted tortillas with diced tomato, fresh lime juice, diced avocado, shredded lettuce, sour cream and Feta or whatever toppings you desire.  Serves 4.    

Jenn's Notes: I made the recipe as is, except I used 2 large Costco chicken breasts.  I was worried about adding yellow mustard, but it did not stand out at all. I really really liked these!!


  1. This sounds really good! Even at 5:30 in the morning:@)

  2. sounds yummy - I'm adding this to my 'what to make for dinner' idea list! thanks!

  3. I am making this tomorrow night! Thanks for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Pinned. :)

  4. Ooh my husband would LOVE these! Yummmm :) Visiting from Weekend Potluck!

  5. I'm a tacos girl, but just realized I always make steak tacos - but we really chicken people. Guess what, now I'll be making chicken tacos, these do sound good and easy - just what you need for a week night dinner! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best - you help to make it a great par.tay!

  6. Yum yum! I love chicken tacos and easy, quick tacos during the week are right up my ally! Thanks for sharing. :)


  7. These look so good! Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week with more.