This spicy chicken taco recipe gets fresh orange flavor from both the crema and crunchy slaw toppings. Serve with tortilla chips and ice-cold beer.

Laraine Perri
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2016


Recipe Summary

50 mins


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  • To prepare chicken: Combine chile powder, cumin, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place chicken between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Sprinkle the chicken with the spice mixture; set aside.

  • Zest and juice enough tangerines (or clementines) and limes to get 1 teaspoon zest of each and 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons juice of each.

  • To prepare crema: Combine 1 teaspoon each of the tangerine zest and lime zest, 1 teaspoon each of the tangerine juice and lime juice, sour cream and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

  • To prepare slaw: Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons each tangerine juice and lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and oil in a medium bowl. Peel 3 tangerines and halve the segments. Add to the bowl along with cabbage, scallions and cilantro; toss to coat.

  • Coat a grill pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat or preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high. Grill the reserved chicken until no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes, then slice.

  • To assemble the tacos, drizzle tortillas with a little crema and top with chicken, slaw and a little more crema. Serve with tangerine and lime wedges, if desired.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate crema (Step 3) and slaw (Step 4) for up to 4 hours.

Ancho chiles--dried poblano peppers--are one of the most popular dried chiles used in Mexico; ancho chile powder has a mild, sweet spicy flavor. Look for it with specialty spices in large supermarkets or Mexican grocers.

To warm tortillas, wrap in barely damp paper towels and microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds or wrap in foil and bake at 300°F until steaming, 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

379 calories; protein 31g; carbohydrates 53.6g; dietary fiber 6.2g; sugars 7.8g; fat 9.8g; saturated fat 3.3g; cholesterol 74.3mg; vitamin a iu 844.7IU; vitamin c 55.4mg; folate 32.1mcg; calcium 108.6mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 91mg; potassium 640.6mg; sodium 735.1mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
One of my favorite taco recipes. Absolutely delicious!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The tangerines add such a nice surprising flavor to the whole dish. The crema mixture is also delicious I don't want to eat sour cream plain ever again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fresh meal ideal for spring This meal came out fantastic! My husband was worried at first but once he tried it he was recommending it everybody. Only change i made was substituting 0% Greek yogurt for the sour cream. Very light and refreshing meal. Read More
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Fresh Tasty and Light I love this recipe. I've made it several times in just the last couple of months. I can't find 6 inch wheat tortillas so I've made do with 8 or 10 inch and only used one per serving; depending on how much cabbage you use that sometimes ends up in eating part of it with a fork but that's ok with me. The crema is really amazing and this is the only recipe that has gotten me to go to the trouble of actually zesting citrus. I'm not sure the zest is 100% necessary really so if you hate zesting like I do the juice is probably sufficient. Like many eatingwell recipes this is great for saving portions for lunch and dinners later in the week if you are single. The way I do it is like this: portion out 2 TB of sour cream into little containers. Portion out 1/4 of the juice and zest for the crema into separate small containers. Mix up the slaw and store it its portion containers. Slice the chicken and store the portions separately from the slaw (you want to reheat the chicken but you don't want to heat the slaw). So you end up with 4 containers plus your tortillas - mildly complex but worth it. When serving mix the juice/zest into the sour cream with a fork while reheating the chicken. Zap the tortilla for about 10 seconds then assemble the taco. Pros: Unique Flavors Filling Tasty and Light Cons: Messy A Little Complex Read More