Baked Chicken Tacos

These baked chicken tacos are loaded with seasoned chicken, cheese and salsa. The perfect easy dinner for a busy day!

Chicken Taco Salad is another light and tasty meal that will be a crowd-favorite.  Also try a Taco Casserole for a quick and easy complete meal that will be a huge hit!

Baked Chicken Tacos stacked in rows in a baking dish.

Baked Chicken Tacos

I don’t know about you, but my family would eat tacos for every meal if I let them! These baked chicken tacos are an easy dinner that the family is sure to love, with minimal effort on your part. This is the best way to make tacos for a crowd, I often make a double batch and serve them as an entree at parties.

This recipe starts with cooked, shredded chicken. I typically use a rotisserie chicken to make life a little easier, but you could really use any leftover chicken. The chicken is tossed in taco seasoning and lime juice and stuffed into taco shells. I like to use the taco shells with the flat bottoms for this recipe, that way they’ll stand up in the pan. Typically 10 tacos can fit inside a standard 9″x13″ pan. Top them with a generous helping of shredded cheddar cheese, then bake to crispy cheesy perfection!

Ingredients for Easy Chicken Tacos:

I make these baked chicken tacos almost every week, using store bought chicken means that I can have this meal on the table in about 20 minutes. You can customize this recipe by switching the type of cheese (pepper jack would be a great choice), or even by swapping out the type of meat. I’ve made this recipe with shredded pork with amazing results! This recipe is sure to become a family favorite in your house just like it is in mine.

  • Taco shells: The hard taco shells with a flat bottom work best and can be easily stacked in the pan.
  • Shredded chicken:  Buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to save yourself time or make your own slow cooker shredded chicken.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a fresh lime taste to the chicken mixture.
  • Taco seasoning: Easy to make homemade seasoning is simple to make and stores well for several weeks.
  • Ground cumin: Signature taco flavor that is unmistakable!
  • Garlic powder: Adds even more rich flavor to the chicken filling.

Additional toppings:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese: Sharp, pungent taste that melts perfectly on top of the tender chicken.
  • Chopped cilantro: Great color and citrusy flavor.
  • Shredded romaine lettuce: Great crispy freshness.
  • Pico de gallo or salsa: Loaded with flavor from lime, cilantro, and juicy chunks of tomato and onion!

How to Make Baked Chicken Tacos:

Tacos are quick and easy to make and are filled with warm seasonings and ooey gooey cheese.  This will be a family favorite meal that is effortless and one of the best taco recipes you will make!

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the taco shells inside a 9″x13″ pan.
  2. Combine chicken and seasonings: In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, lime juice, taco seasoning, cumin and garlic powder. Stir until chicken is coated with the seasonings.
  3. Fill shells with chicken mixture: Divide the chicken mixture among the taco shells and top with cheese.
  4. Bake: Bake for 10 minutes or until tacos are warmed through and cheese is melted.
  5. Add toppings: Sprinkle with cilantro. Then, divide the lettuce and pico de gallo among the tacos and serve immediately.

Baked Chicken Tacos stcked in rows in a baking dish.

Variations of Tacos:

Baked Chicken Tacos are super versatile.  Change your toppings or ingredients based on what your family loves and the items you have handy. These tacos are no-fail and will be amazing no matter how you customize them!

  • Toppings: You can these tacos as is with just a sprinkling of cilantro, but I like to add more toppings. Let’s face it, tacos are all about the toppings. Sour cream, diced avocado, sliced olives and jalapenos are all great choices!
  • Serve with: Homemade guacamole, pico de gallo, mango salsa or blender salsa
  • Filling: Swap out the shredded chicken for shredded pork or ground beef.

Storing Chicken Tacos:

These Chicken Tacos will store well and reheat easily for fantastic leftovers.  Simply allow the tacos to cool completely and store them within 2 hours of baking.  Place your tacos in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.  To reheat, place them on a baking sheet and heat for a few minutes in the oven at 400 degrees until they are warm throughout.

Baked Chicken Tacos stcked in rows in a baking dish.

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Baked Chicken Tacos

Baked Chicken Tacos

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 10 tacos
These baked chicken tacos are loaded with seasoned chicken, cheese and salsa. The perfect easy dinner for a busy day!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword baked chicken tacos, Chicken tacos

Ingredients

  • 10 flat bottomed taco shells
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken such as rotisserie chicken
  • the juice from 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup prepared pico de gallo or salsa

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the taco shells inside a 9"x13" pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, lime juice, taco seasoning, cumin and garlic powder. Stir until chicken is coated with the seasonings.
  3. Divide the chicken mixture among the taco shells and top with cheese.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until tacos are warmed through and cheese is melted.
  5. Sprinkle with cilantro.
  6. Divide the lettuce and pico de gallo among the tacos and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Updated on July 23, 2020

Originally Posted on November 3, 2017

Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 387mg16%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 988IU20%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 190mg19%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

 

 

 

 

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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