Taco Lime Grilled Chicken

This simple Taco Lime Grilled Chicken is so juicy and delicious! It’s easy to make and it’s full of the most amazing flavors.

The Best 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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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.

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

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Thank you hubby for being my lime squeezer.

Taco Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

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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.

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Let chicken grill for 5-6 minutes per side.

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

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

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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

This simple Taco Lime Grilled Chicken is so juicy and delicious! It's easy to make and it's full of the most amazing flavors.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 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


  • Preheat indoor or outdoor grill to medium high heat.
  • Place cumin, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic salt into a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 335mg | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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85 Responses
  1. Lizzy

    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!

  2. Liz

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

    Thanks for posting it!

  3. Maile Waiau

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

  4. lisa

    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!!!!

  5. Peggy

    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!!!

  6. Alice Marshall

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


  7. Helen

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

  8. Michelle

    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. 🙂

  9. Betty

    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.

  10. Lisa

    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…

  11. nadine

    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!

    1. Jenny

      You can use either for this recipe, but I used an indoor grill pan on the stove for this post.

  12. Carrie

    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.

  13. Sylvia Ellie

    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

  14. Alese

    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 ^^

  15. Shantel

    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!

  16. Jessica Young

    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.

  17. Kate Henry

    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!

    1. Lisa B.

      Nuke and roll is the way to go with limes. Going to have to try the lengthwise off center slicing.

  18. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

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

  19. Julie

    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!

  20. Joyce

    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 http://www.pamperedchef.biz/joycenyman.

    Love your website, recipes… and your new cookbook!


  21. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    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!

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