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Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Poached chicken shreds nicely. The mix of spices was great, and coating the shredded chicken with tomato paste really deepened the flavor.



2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 lime, halved (and cut one of the halves into wedges)
12 small corn tortillas
Avocado, diced
Cilantro, chopped
Radishes, thinly sliced
Tomatoes, chopped


Place chicken in a saucepan and cover with water by 2 inches. Add bay leaf and a healthy pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken, reserving the cooking liquid, and let cool slightly. Shred the chicken with 2 forks and set aside.

Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes, until soft. Add tomato paste, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, and shredded chicken and stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the juice of half of the lime. If the chicken is dry, add a few tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid (I ended up adding 3 tablespoons). Stir to combine and heat through.

To serve, place chicken on a double layer of warmed tortillas. Top with avocado, cilantro, tomatoes and radishes. Squeeze a lime wedge over each taco before digging in, if desired.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 246
  • Sugar: 1.6 g
  • Sodium: 66.8 mg
  • Fat: 6.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.2 g
  • Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 23.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 66.2 mg

Keywords: chicken tacos, shredded chicken, Taco Tuesday

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