Citrus Marinated Chicken Tacos

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Elevate your taco night with these mouth watering Citrus Marinated Chicken Tacos. Between the jalapeno, orange, lemon and lime flavors, this zesty dinner will leave the whole family begging for more!

citrus marinated chicken tacos

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If you love chicken tacos but are looking for a new and exciting way to make them then you have come to the right place! After trying these tacos, they will definitely be your new go-to taco recipe.

Serve these tacos with a side of Classic Broccoli Salad and finish this delicious dinner with a No Bake Strawberry Dessert or Lemon Dream Cake to keep the citrus theme going.

citrus marinated chicken tacos

Ingredients to Make Citrus Marinated Chicken Tacos

  • boneless chicken thighs
  • red onion
  • garlic
  • jalapeno
  • cilantro
  • orange
  • lemon
  • lime
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
ingredients to make citrus marinated chicken tacos

How to Make Citrus Marinated Chicken Tacos

First, combine onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, orange, lemon and lime juice and zest, salt, pepper and ¼ cup of olive oil in a medium bowl.

Place chicken in a resealable bag and pour over the marinade. Seal the bag and massage the chicken to ensure it is evenly covered with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

how to make citrus marinated chicken tacos

When ready to cook, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy based skillet over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade using a slotted spoon and add to the pan in a single layer. Cook the chicken stirring event 2-3 minutes until it starts to caramelize and is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Depending on the size of your skillet you may need to cook the chicken in batches.

citrus marinated chicken tacos

Serve warm with tortillas and your favorite toppings!

citrus marinated chicken tacos

Tips & Notes

Substitutions for Citrus Marinated Chicken Tacos

  • Chicken Thighs: you can substitute the chicken thighs for chicken breasts or even chicken tenderloins depending on your preference.
  • Red Onion: you can also use any kind of onion however the red onion brings a more sweet taste to the dish than other kinds.
  • Jalapeno: if you or your family are not huge fans of spice, leave out the jalapeno.
  • Toppings: top off these tacos with a sweet salsa recipe or some sour cream.

How to Store

Refrigerator: Store the chicken in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, heat in a skillet on the stove with some olive oil.

Freezer: You can freeze the chicken in a freezer bag for up to six months. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator for a day before reheating. Then heat in a skillet on the stove with some olive oil.

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Citrus Marinated Chicken Tacos

Course: DinnerDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Marinating Time

2-24

hours

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into ½” pieces

  • ¼ large red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 large jalapeno, sliced

  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

  • 1 large orange, juiced and zested

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

  • 1 lime, juiced and zested

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ black pepper

  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  • Combine onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, orange, lemon and lime juice and zest, salt, pepper and ¼ cup of olive oil in a medium bowl.
  • Place chicken in a resealable bag and pour over the marinade. Seal the bag and massage the chicken to ensure it is evenly covered with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy based skillet over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade using a slotted spoon and add to the pan in a single layer. Cook the chicken stirring event 2-3 minutes until it starts to caramelize and is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Depending on the size of your skillet you may need to cook the chicken in batches.
  • Serve warm with tortillas and your favorite toppings.

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