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Taco Lime Grilled Chicken

Sharing my favorite grilled chicken recipe that is a staple recipe in our home.  Taco Lime Grilled Chicken! Bring on the tacos, talking about how to grill chicken today…this recipe is a winner!

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken is a staple in our house.  I don’t know about you guys, but we seem to have tacos on a regular basis in our home.  This recipe is simple, flavorful and the kids (and husband) love them. I have created a simple homemade taco seasoned and lime grilled chicken that is thinly sliced and mouthwatering inside tacos. You can either marinate the chicken or grill it immediately, whatever you’ve got the time for.

Let’s take a look at how simple you can make your own restaurant style chicken for tacos.

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Homemade Taco SeasoningHomemade Taco Seasoning by Picky Palate

Here’s The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning:  ground cumin, salt, pepper, garlic salt and smoked paprika. Regular paprika works too. Sprinkle the seasonings on both sides of your chicken.

Grilled Chicken

The limes match my green mixer! Slice your lime and get ready to squeeeeeze 🙂

Grilled Chicken

Thank you hubby for being my lime squeezer.

Grilled Chicken Made Easy

Grilled Chicken

Place your chicken breasts onto a hot grill pan (or outside grill). I love using my indoor grill pan all year round. Check your local kitchen store. I use Le Creuset.

How To Grill Chicken

Grilled Chicken

Let chicken grill for 5-6 minutes per side.

Grilled Chicken

After about 5-6 minutes, flip those babies and grill the other side.

Grilled Chicken

After your chicken has rested about 10 minutes take a nice sharp long knife and thinly slice each breast like so.

Taco Lime Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken

Squeeze the second lime over the sliced chicken and serve inside tacos.

Grilled Chicken

I like to pan fry my white corn tortillas in just a touch of canola or vegetable oil to soften them. I placed chicken slices inside and topped with avocado slices, tomatoes, thinly sliced spinach and a touch of my salsa ranch sauce. Enjoy!

Taco Lime Grilled Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken taco recipes, chicken tacos, grilled chicken, grilled chicken breast, grilled chicken recipes, how to grill chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 103 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika regular paprika works too
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3-4 medium to large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 limes split
  1. Preheat indoor or outdoor grill to medium high heat.
  2. Place cumin, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic salt into a bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Place chicken breast into a large bowl or large ziploc bag. Pour seasonings over chicken then squeeze the juice of one whole lime over chicken and seasonings. Stir chicken around with seasonings and lime. You can marinate up 1-5 hours if desired. Can be grilled immediately as well.
  4. Spray grill lightly with cooking spray then carefully place chicken onto grill. Let grill 5-6 minutes each side, or until cooked through and juices run clear. Transfer chicken to a large plate and let rest for 10 minutes. Thinly slice chicken and squeeze with juice of last lime over tops. Thinly sliced chicken goes great inside tacos. Top with your favorite toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Taco Lime Grilled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 535mg23%
Potassium 335mg10%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    My husband is my lime squeezer, too. 😉 And my tortilla roller! Woohoo.

    I love how simple these are! We make fajitas all the time but the marinade is way too involved. I think I’ll try these! And nice indoor grilling pan thingie. I didn’t even know that they exist! I need to see if I can find one.

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    We do tacos all the time here… usually with shrimp. These look absolutely incredible!

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    Love the simplicity and freshness of these tacos!

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    Tieghan says:

    These loook delicious! So fresh and summery!

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    Maria says:

    I think taco night needs to happen very soon!

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    Great shot of the grilled chicken! Those tacos look tasty!

  7. 7

    I love taco night. I need to make this asap 😉

  8. 8

    We need a taco night now! Love all of your family dinner ideas, Jenny.

  9. 9

    omg i love grilled chicken for tacos!! these look exceptional! i love all the spice flavors and the lime you incorporated into this. i’m so hungry now!!

  10. 10

    Yum! We LOVE taco night around here….can’t wait to try these! Ooo…and smoked paprika! Love that stuff! 🙂

  11. 11

    I’m seeing a taco night happening in the near future! Love the lime!

  12. 12

    Looks fabulous! Such great flavor, you can keep the toppings simple.

  13. 13

    The boys love ANYTHING taco around here. This is perfect!! (and I’m pretty sure that even my husband can handle making this)

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    carrian says:

    Hey, that’s what we do too!! So stinking delicious and easy!!

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    katie says:

    yum! These look divine–love grilled chicken tacos!!

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    marla says:

    I need to make this chicken recipe for my family asap! Love it Jenny 🙂

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    Allyson says:

    Just found your site; love it!
    These look great – fast, easy and healthy! I’ve found that when using my grill pan i have to cook meat much longer than the suggested cook time. Is 10-12 min total cook time really all you need for chix breast? Did you pound a bit, or use thinner cuts? Any suggestions on what I’m doing wrong?

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    Amanda says:

    Would it work using a George Foreman type grill? Looks yummy and need to make this for sure!

  19. 19

    I bet if you prep the chicken ahead of time this would make a great weeknight meal! 🙂

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    naomi says:

    Love the indoor grilling on this!

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    Gaby says:

    So perfect for this weeks taco night!

  23. 23

    We love tacos here, but don’t have taco night nearly enough!! I’m showing this to the other half to insist we have another taco night soon!! 😀

  24. 24

    I love being able to grill all year long. And I love all your new ways of making tacos, because our family is huge taco lovers 😀 Love this one Jenny!

  25. 25

    I’ve been craving tacos lately, so thank you for this! This chicken sounds like the perfect taco filling!

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    Mashael says:

    I love that you reply to every comment you get. you’re so modest <3
    btw love the recipe, will try it soon.

  27. 27
    Stephanie says:

    Yum!! This looks delicious! I bet this would be amazing on top of a salad too!

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    Lori says:

    I have that same LeCreuset grill pan, but I can NEVER get it to work well. No grill marks and the chicken doesn’t seem to cook on it. What do you think I am doing wrong? Do you preheat it for a long time? (We have a gas range)….any suggestions greatly appreciated cuz it is tooooo cold here to grill outside! Thanks!

  29. 29

    Oh YES. This looks so scrumptious, Jenny! The perfect summer meal for us grill-lovin’ Texans. I’ll be making this soon!

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    Kathy says:

    Oh my! This chicken looks so good I can almost taste it! This will definately be happening soon!

  31. 31

    Looks SO delicious Jenny!

  32. 32

    Makes me want to use my outside grill ! … but it’s still very cold here in France … !

  33. 33
    Lauren says:

    How do you make your ranch salsa? That looks like a delicious addition to tacos.

  34. 34
    Julie says:

    I am making this for dinner tonight. Looks so good-can’t wait to try it! How do you make your ranch salsa? I found a few recipes online, but they don’t look like yours! Thanks!

  35. 35

    It’s to take out my grilling pan. I miss tacos. I guess it’s time to treat myself to it.

  36. 36

    Nothing like a strong man to squeeze those limes! Oh gosh, forget I said that. Anyway, this chicken looks scrumptious! Great recipe!

  37. 37

    I love the taste of lime with chicken. I always add a cilantro lime rice side dish to my tacos, so I might just go a bit lime crazy now!

  38. 38
    Joyce says:

    Hi Jenny,

    These are incredible! I used the Grill Pan & Press from Pampered Chef. It’s non-stick, w/ lifetime warranty. It’s one of the host specials for April, at 60% off, so only $75 for the set. A party can be put together with a minimum $150 order, so can add up quickly with a couple friends ordering. I’m in Wisconsin, but a local Pampered Chef consultant can help…. or I can set up a catalog or Facebook party. Any readers can feel free to contact me at

    Love your website, recipes… and your new cookbook!


  39. 39
    Julie says:

    Thanks Jenny! I tried this recipe and my whole family loved it! My daughter is really picky about chicken, especially taco-type recipes, but she loved it and even wanted seconds! This is definitely a keeper!

  40. 40

    Holy moly, that chicken looks incredible! It looks so moist and flavorful!

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  42. 42
    Kate Henry says:

    A trick for squeezing limes is to cut them vertically rather than horizontally. Cut them slightly off center so you get just the lime. Then squeeze away. This is a trick I learned from a bartender in Mexico.

    You can also slightly warm the lime in the microwave (no more than 10 seconds). This helps release the juice.

    Finally, you might want to invest in a squeezer. Just make sure you buy a metal one. Plastic squeezers will break on you very quickly. Remember to cut vertically and use a lime squeezer and you will end up with every ounce of juice from a lime!

  43. 43

    made these a few weeks ago and added a little homemade corn, onion and bell pepper relish that I made to them. We made both chicken and shrimp and all were delicious and quickly disappeared. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  44. 44

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    Ed Schwille says:

    Just found this on Pinterest, look awesome, will make for the kids and I soon!!

  46. 46
    Shantel says:

    I made these for my family a couple of weeks ago and they were delicious! Coming back today to copy your recipe down so that I don’t forget. We are definitely fans. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Alese says:

    This recipe was so good. It was my first try making this, I’m glad I did.
    Instead of paprika and garlic salt. I substitute the paprika with ground cayenne pepper, and for the garlic salt. i made my own with garlic powder and salt. It was so good , that i shared it with my mom. She loved it! I broiled it, and it made so tasty ^^

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    Yolanda says:

    Can the chicken be made in the crockpot?

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    Sylvia Ellie says:

    We love being creative with tacos. It’s always a fun meal to have on movie night. I didn’t know about the grilling pan. We live in FL and grill pretty much year ’round. But it sure would come in handy on the few cold winter days or the really rainy days. Love that you sliced up spinach for these. Always trying to slide it in recipes where my husband won’t realize. LOL

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  54. 54
    Carrie says:

    I used this for fish tacos and the seasoning is wonderful. I can’t take anything spicy and this is perfect. Tonight I used it for Taco Rice and it was a hit. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  55. 55
    Shelly says:

    Do you use an indoor grill/griddle or a grill pan on the stove? Thanks.

  56. 56
    Toya says:

    OMG this was DELICIOUS!

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  58. 58
    nadine says:

    Just tried this last night and it was great! Added a little more paprika just to make it a little spicy and it was perfect!

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    Lisa says:

    Yummo! These look delicious. It’s winter here now so I might have to wait a little bit til the veggies come back into season though – boo…

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    Kristen says:

    I absolutely cannot wait to try this recipe!

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    Betty says:

    Could this meat be made ahead and frozen. We are traveling to a cabin for New Years and I am planning a taco meal for 11 people. Would like to hVe as much done before I go.

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    Tiana Stayton says:

    made these tonight and they were delicious. Going in the recipe box.

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    Michelle says:

    Out of the 7 years I have been cooking for my fiancé, he told me tonight this is the best meal I’ve ever made him and it was amazing. Our grill was broken so I baked the chicken, cut into strips @350 degrees for 20 min. It was pretty fantastic, even the ranch salsa was pretty awesome. I Served it with a cilantro lime rice and black beans. So thanks for our amazing meal, I can’t wait to try again. 🙂

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    Helen says:

    This is a really tasty recipe, I was worried the chicken would be dry, it wasn’t. It was very easy to make too.

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    Alice Marshall says:

    Can you tell me the nutritional value on this recipe, like how many calories and grams of fat etc ?


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    Peggy says:

    I have purchased the Le Creuset grill pan online after reading this recipe. I can’t wait for it to arrive and start using it for your great recipes & more!!!

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    lisa says:

    I made these tacos for my birthday and their to die for!!! Their amazing GOOD! The ranch and salsa dressing tops it off!!! I’m making them again soon!!! Thanks for these great taco’s!!!!

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    Maile Waiau says:

    Is that a homemade salsa ranch you put on top of the chicken tacos or was it store bought!??

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    Oh delicious, i love this sort of food, Great recipe.


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    Liz says:

    Came across this recipe recently and finally tried it out. Such great tasting chicken!

    Thanks for posting it!

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    Lizzy says:

    Years later, and this is still my go to chicken taco recipe. I made it yesterday for my Father’s Day taco bar, and everyone was impressed. The chicken always turns out so flavorful and never dry. Super recipe!

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