This Lime Chicken Soft Taco recipe is really a staple menu item for the summer. I found the recipe years ago on AllRecipes.com, and it was an immediate hit with the whole family.
It’s a fantastic Fuel Pull meal starter that is super quick to pull together. And it can easily be converted to all Five ways THM style: from Fuel Pull, E, S, S Helper, or Crossover territory with toppings…I show how in the link.
Lime Chicken Soft Taco Recipe
OK…back to the recipe. This is what you’ll need:
Chicken breast or tenderloins (2 pounds), Red Wine Vinegar, limes, green onions, fresh garlic, oregano…and salt/pepper/sweetener of choice.
Just a warning: this comes together SO quickly that you’ll want to have your side dishes ready and your table set and ready to go! I LOVE a good quick cook meal!
I’m using chicken tenderloins, so I pulled out the connective tissue like this <grabs tip of gristle with thumbnail and YANK>, and cut them into 1″ pieces like this:
Then, take a medium saucepan, and just drop all of the chicken pieces in and set it on medium heat. No oil, no salt…no nothin’ but chicken and heat.
This is such a FANTASTIC and quick way to cook chicken. I actually do this technique now with any recipe calling for pre-cooked chicken (soups, chicken salad, chicken pot pie, etc.) I usually don’t bother to pre-season or marinate the chicken with this technique, but you totally could if you wanted to.
It takes 10-15 minutes to cook, and you’ll just stir it on occasion. It gets all juicy and bubbly for a bit, and then the juices cook down and you can check to see if the pink is gone.
While the chicken cooks, get the sauce ready…first dice up the garlic and snip the green onions.
Speaking of green onions, I cut this batch off several days ago to where the tops just barely reached the top of my pitcher. Thanks to this awesome Pinterest Kitchen Tip, I stuck them into some water, and they re-grew THIS much in just a few 4-5days!
Finish assembling the sauce while the chicken cooks up…adding the vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper, and a few shakes of NuNaturals or your sweetener of choice. And the essential limes.
Isn’t this lemon/lime squeezer is so cool. I almost use it daily. You put the lime or lemon half in with the cut side facing down, and squeeze the juices out…it turns the citrus wrong side out, and keeps the seeds from going into your recipe. You can find this on in my Amazon store under Kitchen Gadgets (the menu is on the right hand side). Since it only handles citrus, I just rinse it off well between uses.
Once you get the sauce assembled, and the chicken cooked, just pour the sauce over your cooked chicken and serve!
We enjoyed them S style, and the growing kids enjoyed them crossover style with chips.
Here’s your printable Lime Chicken Soft Taco Recipe. Enjoy!
- 2 lb. diced skinless chicken breast or tenderloins
- ¼ c. red wine vinegar
- juice of 2 limes
- 4-6 shakes of stevia extract or sweetener of your choice (1 t. sugar)
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 4 green onion stalks, chopped
- 3 or more cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. dried oregano or 2 tsp. fresh oregano
- low carb tortillas, warmed in the oven
- diced tomatoes
- shredded lettuce
- 0% Greek Yogurt (FP/E) or Sour Cream (S/S Helper/Crossover)
- Guacamole (S)
- Rice or Beans (E/S Helper)
- Remove tendon from tenderloins if desired, and dice chicken into 1" chunks.
- Put chicken into medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through and no longer pink, about 15-20 minutes. Do not allow to brown, as it will get too dry.
- While chicken is cooking, combine all ingredients for sauce.
- Heat tortillas in the oven on 200* by removing them from plastic packaging and placing them in lightly damp tea towel or paper towels and wrapping in foil (or put into a covered dish)
- Prep other side dishes and toppings
- When chicken is finished cooking, add sauce and serve.
S Style;: -Use real sour cream, guacamole, cheese, and/or olives for an S meal.
E Style: -Add up to 1½ cups of fat free refried beans, or black beans as a side dish, OR ¾ cup of brown rice. Or use a smaller portion and a half a piece of fruit or an S dessert.
S Helper: Go with your S style meal, and add ⅓-1/2 cup of beans OR ¼ cup of brown rice to your meal.
Crossover Style: I serve tortilla chips for my kids when I'm serving S style meals, or you could add a side of beans or brown rice for them. If I'm serving E style, then I just set out cheese and sour cream for them to enjoy.
Hope you enjoy this easy family favorite!
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You know I gotta make this in my crock, don’t you? 🙂
Go for it! I wanna know how it turns out. 🙂 I would add the sauce last (or at least the lime/vinegar part)
So, I made this last night for dinner. SO GOOD! I put the chicken on a salad and we ate the Joseph crackers on the side. Made homemade salsa. Total winner! No crock needed. 😉
Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! It’s really a very versatile main dish, and you can even play around with the seasonings if you wanted to go more Greek or Italian with it.
Susan Peterson says
We all loved this! I can’t believe I found a fuel pull supper I really like, and I am eating the leftovers today for lunch! The kids said, “Can we pleeeease have this every single week?”
Yay! SO glad it was a hit…we love it too!
I have been figuring THM out for about a month now. I know I have a problem with portion sizes… This may be a crazy question, but… You made up 2 pds of chicken, not knowing if you planned to freeze/store some or the size of your family, 3 oz seems small, to me, for a portion of meat. Please help me figure this out. Is 3 oz of meat what we are supposed to be sticking to? Thank you for all of your hard work putting this together for those of us who really need the help! And encouragement! 🙂
Gwen Brown says
I don’t measure meat portion sizes. I think you’re supposed to for Fuel Pull meals, but I rarely eat FP. I’m not a measurer. 🙂
how does the low carb tortilla fit in with fuel pull or an S meal? I’m trying to do this but stay confused continually. Feeling frustrated!!!
Gwen Brown says
Low carb tortillas are FP, meaning that they work with any type of meal. Either one of these posts may help you get it sorted out:
If I want to keep this in FP mode – how many can I have? 3oz chicken I get – just one low carb tortilla with that?
Gwen Brown says
Yes…it depends on your tortillas. My favorite way to FP something like this is to do a bed of chopped lettuce, any veggies you like on your salad that are FP, and top with dressing and the chicken. I like to toast the tortilla into chip points to add some crunch for the top.