Tasty Tuesday: Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

May 26, 2009

This is another recipe that I got from the Nordstrom Flavors Cookbook and it has quickly become a favorites of Robert’s and appears on the weekly menu multiple times a month.  It’s easy to make and includes a lot of fresh vegetables that I think sets it apart from other taco recipes.  And the cilantro lime vinaigrette is a unique and delicious addition to the palette of flavors contained in this dish.  So, without further adieu, let’s get on with the recipe.

1 T seasoned rice vinegar
2 T fresh lime juice
1 T honey
1 small garlic clove minced
1 t minced chipotle chili in adobo sauce (canned in Hispanic section of grocery store)
pinch of kosher salt
1/2 cup plus 1 T olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Chicken Taco Filling:
2 T canola oil (olive oil can be substituted)
1 pound ground chicken (or turkey if chicken not available)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic minced
1 1/2t kosher salt
1/2 t pepper
2 T fresh lime juice
1 T soy sauce (I use reduced sodium and it works great)


Start with making the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.  Combine in a food processor the vinegar, lime juice, honey, garlic, chili and salt and blend until smooth.  Then with the machine running, pour the the oil in a small, steady stream to make a thick sauce.  Then gradually add the cilantro until the mixture is a dark green in color.

To make the taco filling, heat the oil in the skillet over medium-high heat and add the chicken, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper.  Cook until the chicken is cooked through with no pink.  Reduce heat to medium-low and add lime juice and soy sauce to skillet and simmer until almost completely reduced.  Serve in soft flour tortillas with chopped yellow bell pepper, chopped cherry tomatoes, shredded romaine lettuce, queso fresco and vinaigrette.  We also add guacamole and salsa to the tacos for additional flavors.

Here is a picture of the taco meat with all the sides from our dinner the other night.  Hope you enjoy this favorite meal of ours!

The spread of taco filling and all the fixins

The spread of taco filling and all the fixins


5 Responses to “Tasty Tuesday: Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos”

  1. Rachel said

    YUM! I think I’m going to have to add some of these ingredients to my shopping list for tomorrow, thanks for the recipe:).

  2. Jalah said

    Mmmmm, Jalah loves these. Chad and I found a similar recipe that we have been making (minus the vinaigrette). We change up the recipe a little every time we make it and add different things but we love it!

  3. Missy said

    yum, looks great. love the granit counts–new apt! hope you guys are getting settled!!

  4. Sara said

    I LOVE these tacos!

  5. […] got started at around 5:45pm Monday evening beginning with my Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos (a double order) while Robert worked on cleaning some dishes that our dishwasher refused to clean. […]

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