I am a huge fan of chicken street tacos but can never quite figure out how to make them taste as good and authentic at home.
Well, today we might have come close to cracking the recipe! The best part about them? They are SO easy to make!
On a busy night, grab a rotisserie chicken at the store and throw this dish together in a few minutes. Your family will beg for seconds.
Corn tortillas or flour tortillas?
When it comes to making street tacos, corn tortillas are more authentic, but flour tortillas work great as well!
Flour tortillas are softer, but corn usually holds up better and doesn’t get soggy. It really comes down to whatever you prefer.
How to keep the corn tortillas from cracking or breaking
- Pop them in the microwave. Place up to 5 tortillas on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave in 30 second bursts until they are warmed.
- Warm them in the oven. Wrap up to 5 tortillas in aluminum foil and and warm in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Heat them in a skillet. Warm a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook each tortilla (without any oil) for about 30 seconds on each side. This works best with fresh tortillas.
If you have tried all these methods and your tortillas are still breaking, chances are they are no longer fresh.
Tips for making chicken street tacos
- To save on time, use pre-cooked grilled chicken strips from the store.
- The fresh pico de gallo included with the recipe takes it over the top! If you don’t have time to make your own, you could pick up from fresh pico de gallo from the produce section of your grocery store. You could also use jarred salsa if that is all you have available.
- If you don’t have cotija cheese, you could substitute feta cheese.
- Serve these tacos with our Mexican Street Corn Salad and Slow Cooker Refried Beans for an amazing meal everyone will love!
Chicken breasts or thighs?
For this recipe, I used grilled chicken breasts, but you could easily substitute chicken thighs.
I personally prefer the flavor and texture of chicken breasts, but chicken thighs sometimes work even better for grilling because they have a higher fat content, which makes them not stick to the cooking surface as easily.
Chicken thighs also tend to be a little juicier, because of their higher fat content.
Chicken breasts are lower in calories and cholesterol and higher in protein, so it really is just a personal preference for this recipe.
If you do have chicken thighs, feel free to try them in this recipe! Leave a comment below and let us know how it goes.
related article: love a good chicken taco recipe? Try our Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos.
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