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Southwestern Chicken Tacos

Southwestern Chicken Tacos

Southwestern Chicken Tacos

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen


4 to 6 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

15 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

This easy shredded chicken taco comes together in no time and works with any of your favorite Southwestern seasonings.

Serving Suggestions

Serve everything family-style with garnishes on the side so everyone can build their own tacos.


2 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 Tbsp. seasoning of choice:

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 medium bell pepper, cut into thin strips

8 to 12 corn tortillas

Optional garnish: salsa of choice, cheese of choice, pickled red onion, cilantro leaves

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Step 1: Prepare chicken

Place chicken breasts in a large zip top bag and seal. Use a mallet or meat tenderizer to pound the breasts into cutlets about 1/2-inch thick. Remove cutlets from bag and sprinkle each generously with 1 Tbsp. of seasoning to coat.

Step 2: Cook and shred chicken

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken cutlets and cook for 3 to 4 min. per side, or until cooked through and slightly charred. Cover skillet to keep oil from splattering. Transfer chicken to a plate and cover with foil for at least 5 min. to rest. Use two forks to shred the chicken into pieces and transfer it to a serving bowl. Meanwhile, add the bell pepper into the same skillet you used to cook the chicken (without cleaning it out) and cook over medium-high for about 5 min. or until tender and slightly charred. Transfer bell pepper to a serving bowl.

Step 3: Finish and serve

When ready to serve tacos, heat the tortillas: wrap in damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds, toast in a dry skillet 30 seconds per side, or set over a gas stove flame for a few seconds per side.