Spicy Chicken and Corn Tacos

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Spicy Chicken and Corn Tacos should be on the menu for the next Taco Tuesday. These healthy tacos made with chicken breast, corn, and chipotle peppers are packed with flavor and easy to make.

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Spicy Chicken and Corn Tacos are a seriously tasty taco packed with chicken breast, corn, and plenty of spice. They come together in under 20 minutes for a healthy, easy dinner.

I have a vault of taco recipes - slow cooker tacos, vegetarian tacos, fish tacos, taco salads, crispy tacos - you get the idea. But in my mind since you can never have enough taco options, so why not add one more with this simple weeknight spicy chicken and corn taco recipe.  Instead of reaching for a premade taco seasoning (packed with preservatives) or preseasoned meats (packed with extra calories), you can make your own at home in the same amount of time.  This one adds fresh corn but you could substitute in any veggie.  I have used zucchini, diced tomatoes, and even spinach successfully.  Paired with some smoky spices and my favorite chipotle peppers and you have a quick and delicious taco dinner.

Spicy Chicken and Corn Tacos on a cutting board with a red pepper.

Now when it comes to making tacos, I think few things are critical. First let's talk about the tortillas. If you have a gas range, then I recommend quickly cooking them directly on the flame for just a few seconds on each side. This adds a touch of char and takes the taco to the next level. Then there is heat. You can either add heat directly to the tacos, like we do in this recipe, or you can add salsa. For these tacos, we are going to create a salsa right in the pan using chipotle peppers. Chipotle peppers are smoked jalapenos and are so much flavor to recipes. However they can be really spicy, so add them them slowly until you get the spice level you want.

Tips for Making these Spicy Chicken and Corn Tacos

  • Although I opted for chicken breast, you can use chicken thighs as well. Ground turkey or beef will also work out really well in this recipe, as would some beans for a vegetarian option. Cauliflower also works.
  • This recipe has spice from both a fresh jalapeno and chipotles. If you want things less spicy, don't add the fresh jalapeno. Keep the chipotle since they add smokiness as well, but add it without the seeds for less spice.
  • This recipe is just for the filling. I recommend using corn tortillas that you lightly char on the stove. For a lower carb option, you can use a lower carb tortilla or lettuce wraps.

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The Recipe

Spicy Chicken and Corn Tacos

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  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 U red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 U jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 U chipotle pepper adobo plus 1 tbsp. adobo sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth (fat free)
  • 1.33 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 4 tbsp. cilantro
  • 8 U corn tortillas

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  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil.
  3. Sear chicken on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  4. Add the onion and jalapeno. Cook for 4-5 minutes until tender.
  5. Add the cumin, oregano, chipotles, adobo sauce, and chicken broth. Then add the chicken back. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 5-7 minutes until chicken is cooked through and tender.
  6. Remove the chicken the shred or chop. Allow sauce to continue cooking.
  7. Add the corn and lime juice to the sauce. Serve the corn salsa on the chicken.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 160mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 6g
Protein 38g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Spicy Chicken and Corn Tacos
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