Spicy Chicken Tacos


This healthy chicken taco recipe gets nice heat from jalapeño and hot salsa. If you prefer a milder take, omit the jalapeño and use a mild salsa.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings, 2 tacos each


  • 8 corn tortillas

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat and cut into thin strips

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and sliced

  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • ½ cup prepared hot salsa, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Sliced scallions, chopped fresh tomatoes and reduced-fat sour cream, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Wrap tortillas in foil and bake until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, season chicken with salt. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat until very hot. Add chicken and cook, stirring until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to skillet. Add onion and cook, stirring, until starting to brown around the edges, 3 to 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, garlic, jalapeño and cumin. Cook, stirring, until the peppers are bright green but still crisp, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  4. Stir in salsa and the reserved chicken. Cook, stirring, until the chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Spoon into the warmed tortillas. Garnish with scallions, tomatoes and sour cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
7g Fat
30g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Vitamin A 655IU 13%
Vitamin C 42mg 47%
Folate 26mcg 6%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 10%
Magnesium 76mg 18%
Potassium 618mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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