Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

These Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos are easy and full of flavor. You’ll want to make these for your friends and family.
Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos | The Girl Who Ate EverythingWe spent the weekend in Key Largo and Islamorada boating, swimming, and snorkeling. One of my favorite foods of all time is Key Lime Pie on a stick. It’s basically a slice of key lime pie, dipped in chocolate. Needless to say I ate way too many of them and came home feeling recommitted to eating healthy.


This Cilantro Lime Taco recipe was given to me from a reader Laura and my whole family loved them. They’re on the healthy side and if you want to get super healthy you could replace the tortilla with lettuce and make them lettuce wraps.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos | The Girl Who Ate Everything

I ended up filling the tacos with the meat, wrapping them in foil, and putting them the oven on warm so that my boys could grab one and top them with whatever they wanted before each of their football practices. Thanks Laura for the recipe.


Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 12 soft taco flour tortillas
  • ½ head romaine lettuce, finely shredded crosswise
  • 4 plum tomatoes, cored, seeded, and cut into ½-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper (or any color)
  • 1 cup crumbled garlic feta
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette:

  • 3 Tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce (see Note)
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Chicken Taco Filling:

  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken (don’t use all breast meat or it will be too dry)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce


  1. In a bowl, add the lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper and feta. Set aside.
  2. For the vinaigrette: Place all of the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.
  3. For the filling: In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and add the chicken. Cook until done. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and soy sauce and cook an additional minute.
  4. To assemble: Fill each tortilla with chicken and top with some dressing. Add some of the lettuce mixture on top. Enjoy.


The remainder of the chipotle peppers in adobe sauce can be frozen to use in another recipe.

Source: from Laura, a reader of this blog. The only changes I made were to add a little less salt to the meat and a little less oil to the dressing.

Other recipes with lime and cilantro that I love:


Cilantro Lime Rice


Tomatillo Dressing


Honey Lime Enchiladas

Speak Your Mind



  1. This looks really delicious. I love the tangy flavour of lime so will definitely be trying this!

  2. I love anything with cilantro+lime. These look perfect!

  3. Oooh I love these!! Anything with cilantro is delicious!!

  4. Oh man, these sound sooo good. Dang you blog land. It’s not even 9 am yet and now I want tacos. Pinning. 🙂

  5. You had me at cilantro.

  6. Mm I love the cilantro/lime/chipotle flavor combo! Then again, you could put shoe leather inside a tortilla and I’d probably eat it 🙂

  7. Key Lime Pie on a stick from Kermit’s in Key West! Gaaaaahhh!!!

  8. Hi, tried saving your Cilanto Lime Chicken tacos to the recipe box or zip list and it’s saving as pinwheels not tacos? Maybe linked incorrectly?
    If I’m doing something wrong please advise. Thank you.

  9. First of all, what a brilliant blog name! Second, WOW what an amazing blog! I am hooked!

  10. I’m envious of your beautiful weather! Looks delicious!

  11. Oh My! Those look delicious. These will be making a guest appearance on our dinner table in the very near future. I shared the post with my followers on Facebook too. Love your blog – I’ve been following for awhile now.
    Cheers, Cindy

  12. Made these for my small group this last weekend: big hit!! Looking for my next opportunity to share this recipe with friends. 🙂

  13. These were great, although I did add a little of the extra adobo sauce into the chicken mixture for some added flavor. I loved the vinaigrette! In fact, I had leftovers and made a salad with left over chicken, feta and dressing. I’m sure this could be adapted into a chicken lettuce wrap also!

  14. “1 lb ground chicken (don’t use all breast meat or it will be too dry) ”

    Were you able to purchase ground white/dark chicken or did you grind it yourself? If so, how? I don’t own a meat grinder. :“(

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I bought it. Regular ground chicken is usually a mix of light and dark meat. They also sell only ground breast meat which is really pale in color and that meat will be too dry.

  15. Would this work with ground pork as well or would the flavor profile be off?

  16. these are fantastic. they are my new favorite.

  17. We also did Shrimp with the chicken and it was extra fantastic

  18. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made it for my family last night and they all love me just a little bit more now. They were SO delicious!!

  19. Honestly for some reason I didn’t have high expectations for these but was pleasantly surprised! Thanks for sharing these were delish and will make them again for a weeknight meal! I’m not a big fan of some specialty cheeses so I just shredded up pepper jack instead of feta and it worked out great! Love your blog and enjoy your recipes!

  20. There appears to be a huge request for slow cooker meals (like the Cilantro lime chicken) compared to almost every other food. Anyway for me this meal is really satisfying and it is even a delight to prepare. Great job on the recipe.