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Grilled Chicken Tacos with Lettuce Slaw, Avocado and Cotija

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Grilled chicken tacos piled high with a simple lettuce-tomato slaw, avocado, and Cotija cheese on a charred tortilla are a quick weeknight dinner solution!

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Lettuce Slaw, Avocado and Cotija
Grilled Chicken Tacos

We love taco Tuesdays in my house, and I’m not talking about the tacos that come in a kit! Instead, I make all kinds of tacos from scratch, from fish tacos and slow cooker chicken tacos and even turkey taco lettuce wraps. These grilled chicken tacos are light and fresh, perfect for summer grilling or to make on a grill pan.

Grilled Chicken Breast Tacos

These grilled chicken tacos are a wonderful addition to our taco rotation. They’re perfect for grilling outside now that the weather is so warm. They’re very simple to make, so I like to cook them if I’m short on time. I set all the fixings out on the table and let everyone make their own. They’re a definite crowd-pleaser.

Lettuce Slaw:

I love a simple lettuce slaw on these grilled chicken tacos. It basically a salad mixed together for one tasty topping. Below is what I put in my lettuce slaw:

  • Veggies: Lettuce, tomato, red onion
  • Sauce: Lime juice, olive oil
  • Seasoning: Cilantro, salt, pepper

Variations and Tips:

  • If you don’t want to buy seasoned salt, you can use a mix of salt, chili powder, paprika, red pepper, and garlic powder to season the chicken.
  • If you’d prefer a spicier dish, add sliced jalapeno or serrano pepper to the slaw.
  • Swap lettuce for cabbage.
  • If you can’t find cotija, sub it with feta.
  • If you prefer to skip the tortillas, just turn this dish into a big salad. You can also use low-carb or whole wheat tortillas instead of corn.
  • Double or triple this taco recipe if you want to feed a crowd.
  • If you don’t have an outdoor grill, no worries! A grill pan or skillet will also work.

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Grilled Chicken Tacos with Lettuce Slaw, Avocado and Cotija

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Grilled chicken tacos piled high with a lettuce-tomato slaw, avocado, and Cotija cheese all served on a charred tortilla. A quick weeknight dinner solution!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Grilled Chicken Tacos with Lettuce Slaw
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
marinate time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 tacos


For the chicken:

  • 16 oz 4 thin sliced boneless chicken breast cutlets
  • 1 1/4 tsp seasoned salt, I used Lawry’s Fire Roasted Chili & Garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice

For the taco:

  • 2 1/2 cups 4 oz shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup 1 medium vine ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 loose cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup thin sliced red onion1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch fresh black pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 4 tbsp crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 5 ounces sliced, avocado
  • thinly sliced radishes, for garnish (optional)
  • 4 lime wedges, for serving


  • Season chicken with seasoned salt, olive oil and lime juice and marinate for at least an hour.
  • Heat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan on medium-high heat.
  • Oil the grates and grill about 2 minutes. Turn and cook an additional 1 minute, or until cooked through. Set aside on a cutting board and slice into thin strips.
  • While the chicken is cooking, in a large work bowl mix the lettuce, tomato, cilantro, onions, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • On the grill heat tortillas, turning till they slightly char, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side.
  • Design your taco. Add chicken, lettuce, avocado and top with cotija cheese and radishes if desired, serve with lime wedges.

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Serving: 2 tacos, Calories: 330 kcal, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 33 g, Fat: 16 g, Cholesterol: 83 mg, Sodium: 697 mg, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 2 g