Tequila Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Tequila Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

During the work week I always try to make dinners that are fast and easy.  I like to make extra servings of a meal on the weekend and re-purpose the leftovers later on in the week.  Late Sunday afternoon I barbecued a big batch of my Tequila Lime Chicken for an early dinner.  Knowing in advance that my work week was going to be ridiculously busy, I made sure that I grilled up some extra chicken for Tequila Lime Chicken Soft Tacos.

Whenever I am out on the back patio next to my kitchen, I always make sure that my camera is close at hand.  Last year I planted some giant allium in large containers and their gorgeous purple flowers were attracting dozens of honey bees.  So, I put my camera to good use while I was waiting for my Tequila Lime Chicken to finish cooking on the grill.  I have to admit, when I took this shot, I was just a tad worried about getting too close to my subject.  Lucky for me, he did not care that I was taking his picture :).

Earlier this spring, I planted a bunch of chives in a pot and they are blooming too.  The chive blossoms are much smaller and not as brightly colored as the giant allium.  However, whenever I need fresh chives I simply walk out onto the back porch, scissors in hand and I snip whatever I want.   Planting fresh herbs in pots saves a bunch of money at the grocery store.  Plus, they always seem to taste better and fresher.

My recipe for Tequila Lime Chicken is here.  For the Tequila Lime Chicken, I marinate boneless, skinless chicken thighs in lime juice, tequila, cilantro, cumin, coriander, chili pepper, garlic and smoked paprika.  I marinate the chicken for several hours and then cook the chicken on my barbecue or indoor grill.  I like to use any leftover Tequila Lime Chicken warmed up in soft tacos with shredded carrot, lettuce, cilantro, tomato, lime and drizzled with a tangy cilantro sour cream.  Sometimes, I chop it up the grilled Tequila Lime Chicken and place it on a heap of fresh picked lettuce leaves for a healthy salad.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 3 cups chopped Tequila Lime Chicken (warm)
  • 6 corn tortillas (warm)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime cut into 6 wedges
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp cilantro chopped
  • big pinch of cumin
  • drizzle with hot sauce or salsa (optional)

In a small bowl whisk together sour cream, lime juice, cilantro and cumin.  Set aside. Heat up the tequila lime chicken (I used a microwave).  Fill warm tortillas with chicken, lettuce, tomato, shredded carrots and drizzle with cilantro sour cream.  Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges.  Makes 6 tacos.

18 thoughts on “Tequila Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

  1. Lasuch w kuchni

    Such tacos with leftovers is such a great idea for a busy workweek. Why I have never thought about them? And I really like your chives photos. The bee collecting nectar is so good looking even though she is showing us her dierierre ;-)

  2. Sissi

    The tequila lime marinade sounds fabulous! I’m sure it would go perfectly well with a glass of Margarita ;-) I always have a bottle of tequila at home, not to mention limes and chicken, so I will certainly try your recipe one day. I love your close-up photo. Even if I had a better camera, I wouldn’t dare approaching the “beast”…

    1. Tessa

      Hi Sissi! When I make the tequila lime chicken I use a decent “middle quality” tequila… I save the good stuff for the margaritas!

  3. mjskit

    The picture of the bee is amazing! I can’t believe he let you get that close, or else you have one hell of a zoom lens. Gorgeous! What great tacos with your tequila lime chicken! A perfect weeknight meal.

    1. Tessa

      Hey thank you! He let me get really close and I used a macro lens. I was a bit nervous but I glad I got the shot.

    1. Tessa

      Thank you! Sometimes you just gotta deal with leftovers… In this case, the leftovers were just as good as the original dish!

  4. Simply Tia

    Serious food porn there with those tacos Tessa! I’m going to have to make these soon.

    Gorgeous photos as usual. Stunning one with the bee.

    1. Tessa

      Hi Karen! Thank you! I’m glad that you stopped by too! I just checked out your crab cakes and mango salsa. Delicious!

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