This all purpose Mexican spiced chicken is cooked in a skillet and is delicious in tacos, burritos, quesadillas or salads. Make a batch for easy meals throughout the week.
I’m a huge fan of Mexican anything.
So comforting, SPICY and full of so much flavor.
As with most of our Mexican recipes, chicken takes the centre stage and as Rachel Ray would say it, ’tis cheap and cheerful.
I normally make a batch of this spicy Mexican chicken over the weekend and it is very handy for school /work lunch box or dinner.
This spicy Mexican chicken is so flavorful and delicious.
It could be served plain as part of your family dinner or stuffed in quesadillas, salads, burritos, wraps, tacos or even meal prep with Instant pot cilantro lime rice.
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What is Mexican spiced chicken?
It is chicken coated with flavorful blend of Mexican spices and then cooked. You could simply use some store-bought taco seasoning here. But, why would ya when you can make it yourself. Th advantage here is that you get to control the flavors according to your taste – More/less salt, more/less spicy, more/less garlicky,…….
How to make Mexican flavored chicken?
I used my favorite homemade chicken taco seasoning here.
Simply rub some seasoning (as much or as little) onto boneless skinless chicken thighs ( Darker meat equals more flavor and it stays moist. But, you could totally use boneless skinless chicken breasts if that’s what you have on hand). Let it hang out in the fridge for one hour or up to a day. (You could cook it immediately if pressed for time) Cook in a skillet until fully cooked.
Let cool. Slice or chop and use in your favorite recipe.
How do you use Mexican chicken thighs?
Use ’em in quesadillas —-> Spicy Chicken Ranch Quesadillas
Serve for dinner with Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice and veggies.
Chop ’em up stuff into tacos.
Make a burrito bowl with Cilantro lime rice, guac, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, cheese
Make burrito. Wrap all burrito bowl ingredients in a large tortilla.
Make a salad —> all your favorite salad ingredients topped with Mexican spiced chicken and creamy ranch dressing
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You’ve got to check out another all purpose Healthyish Baked Chicken Meatballs <— So good and can be served in some many ways.
And this hugely popular Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
Mexican Spiced Chicken for Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas or Salads
This all purpose Mexican spiced chicken is cooked in a skillet or baked and is delicious in tacos, burritos, quesadillas or salads.
Toss chicken thighs and taco seasoning (use as much or as less you like) in a bowl, until seasoning is evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerator at least one hour (can be stored up to 1 day). If pressed for time, go ahead and cook it right away.
Heat vegetable oil in medium skillet (Cast iron is a great option) over medium-high heat. Place chicken thighs in a single layer and cook for about 4 minutes, turn over and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, until fully cooked.
Transfer chicken to a plate and cool slightly before slicing or chopping, depending on use.
You could use boneless, skinless chicken breast instead.