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Chicken Tacos

These juicy Chicken Tacos are ready in under 30 minutes! The perfectly spiced chicken is so versatile — stuff it into tortillas, throw it on a salad, put it in enchiladas, you name it! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Tacos
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken breast, healthy, Homemade Taco Seasoning
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4-6 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning or 2 (1 oz) packets store-bought taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper as needed
  • Tortillas, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, etc. for serving

Instructions

  • Fill a large bowl with 4 cups of warm water.
  • Pour in 1/4 cup salt and stir until most of the salt has absorbed.
  • Stir in the chicken breasts.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature to brine.*
  • Remove the chicken breasts from brine, then rinse them with cold water.**
  • Cube chicken into bite sized pieces, place into a clean bowl, and toss with taco seasoning until each chicken cube is fully coated.
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add in cubed chicken and cook until no longer pink, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Taste and re-season, if necessary.
  • Serve with all of your favorite taco fixins!
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Notes

*This step ensures that your chicken is super moist!
**This removes excess salt.

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 9979mg | Potassium: 839mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 381IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg