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Baked Chicken Tacos

Crispy and cheesy Baked Chicken Tacos are so easy to put together with only 5 ingredients and less than 20 minutes. These are a kid and adult favorite and make a great weeknight meal. You can use leftover shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken.

Baked Chicken Tacos on a baking sheet

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BAKED CHICKEN TACOS

We love these Baked Chicken Tacos for taco tuesday, a busy weeknight or game day.

One of my kids favorite meals is tacos. They go crazy for them!

These are so easy to make and easily modified using what you have on hand. They are a family favorite.

The recipe uses simple ingredients. You can use leftover rotisserie chicken or this Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken, spices, cheese and tortillas.

I love making these chicken tacos and serving them alongside a variety of garnishes like pickled red onions, salsa, guacamole and cheese.

As we approach Cinco de Mayo these would also be great to serve to a crowd or at a party.

If you like these Baked Chicken Tacos you might also like this Mexican Pizza, Mexican Chicken Casserole, Mexican Zucchini or these Shredded Beef Tacos.

Baked Chicken Tacos with tongs

WHY YOU WILL LIKE BAKED CHICKEN TACOS

EASY TO PREPARE & COOK: What I love most about this easy dinner is that is only takes 5 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake! Dinner is on the table in just 20 minutes and the whole family will love it.

VERSATILE DISH: As with any taco recipe, you really can make it your own and add extra veggies, mixing up the spices you use and adding your favorite garnishes.

A GREAT USE OF LEFTOVERS: This recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken like this Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken or rotisserie chicken.

Baked Chicken Tacos ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED FOR THIS SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS RECIPE?

  • CHICKEN: I’ve used cooked shredded chicken. If you don’t have leftover cooked chicken, a rotisserie chicken is a great option.
  • SPICES: The spices in this chicken mixture are chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika.
  • SALSA: For ease I use 2 jars of store bought salsa but you could also use this
  • TORTILLAS: I’ve used flour tortillas but soft corn tortillas would work in this recipe too.
  • CHEESE: To make cheesy chicken tacos I add some shredded cheddar cheese to the chicken before baking in the oven.
  • OIL: I use vegetable oil or olive oil to brush over the tacos before they go into the oven. The oil makes the tacos super crispy.
Baked Chicken Tacos on a tray

HOW TO COOK OVEN BAKED CHICKEN TACOS

PREPARE THE CHICKEN: Start by preheating the oven to 425 F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and salsa. Mix well.

Baked Chicken Tacos chicken in a bowl

SET OUT INGREDIENTS: Lay 8 tortillas on your working surface. Divide chicken into 8 portions.

FILL THE TORTILLAS: Spread chicken filling on half of one tortilla and repeat with the others.

Baked Chicken Tacos chicken on a tortilla

Top with 2-3 tablespoons of cheese. Fold over to seal.

Baked Chicken Tacos with cheese on a baking sheet

BAKE THE TACOS: Place tacos in a single layer onto the sheet pan, baking sheet or a baking dish. Brush tacos with oil.

Bake in the middle of the oven until toasted and crispy. About 12-15 minutes.

Serve warm with fresh cilantro and your favorite toppings.

Baked Chicken Tacos ready to bake

RECIPE TIPS AND MODIFICATIONS

TORTILLAS: I’ve used flour tortillas, but soft corn tortillas can work well in this dish too.

PROTEIN: For ease I’ve used cooked shredded chicken, you can use leftovers of rotisserie chicken. However, if you don’t have ready cooked chicken then get some fresh chicken thighs or breasts, cut into small chunks and saute quickly before shredding and mixing with the salsa.

You also could use ground beef, ground chicken or ground turkey.

CHEESE: I’ve used cheddar cheese, but you could also use pepper jack cheese or Monterey jack cheese or a mexican cheese blend.

CITRUS: I also enjoy adding lime juice to the chicken mixture for a citrus flavor.

BEANS: Beans are a great addition to the chicken mixture. I especially love black beans or pinto beans.

VEGETABLES: Add extra veggie to the mix by sautéing some red onion, green chiles, bell peppers, poblano peppers, mushrooms or corn and adding to the chicken and salsa mixture.

SPICES: You can add other flavor to the taco filling with the addition of some ground spices, try taco seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, ground coriander or smoked paprika.

HEAT: If you like spicy chicken tacos add an extra kick of chili heat by adding some red pepper flakes, diced red chili or pickled jalapeño peppers to the chicken mixture.

LEFTOVERS: Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

FREEZE: Allow to cool down and freeze in an airtight container for 1 month.

REHEAT: Reheat the leftover tacos in the microwave or the air fryer until heated through.

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WHAT GOES WITH CHICKEN TACOS?

When it comes to tacos I say anything goes. Tacos are so versatile you can serve them with a variety of accompaniments.

This list is by no means endless, but here are some suggestions:

For some more ideas on what to serve with these cheesy baked chicken tacos, have a read of my 23 Best Sides to Serve with Tacos post.

Baked Chicken Tacos on a tray

OTHER TACO RECIPE FOR YOU TO TRY:

SHREDDED PORK TACOS

SHREDDED BEEF TACOS

EASY GROUND PORK TACOS

EASY ZUCCHINI TACOS

MEDITERRANEAN STYLE TOFU TACOS

EASY COD FISH TACOS

SOUTHWEST BREAKFAST EGG TACOS

EASY FISH TACOS

GRILLED FISH TACOS

Baked Chicken Tacos cheesy tacos

Baked Chicken Tacos

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Crispy and cheesy Baked Chicken Tacos are so easy to put together with only 5 ingredients and less than 20 minutes. These are a kid and adult favorite and make a great weeknight meal. You can use leftover shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken.

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, salsa, chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika.
    3. Lay 8 tortillas on your working surface. Divide chicken mixture into 8 portions.
    4. Spread chicken on half of one tortilla and repeat with the others. Top with 2-3 tablespoons of shredded cheese. Fold over to seal.
    5. Place tacos in a single layer onto the baking sheet. Brush tacos with oil.
    6. Bake in the middle of the oven until toasted and crispy. About 12-15 minutes.
    7. Serve immediately with fresh cilantro and your favorite garnishes.

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