The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos Marinade

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The best grilled chicken tacos marinade makes these the ultimate, healthy grilled tacos you’ll ever make! 

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It just hit me last night that we are on the downhill side of official grilling season and I’ve been wallowing in pity all day because grilling season is my FAVORITE. I grill all year round but it’s just not the same in the depths of winter in snow boots ya know.

The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos (Marinade) |

But I’m riding this wave til the very end you guys, I’ve got a handful of grilling recipes left on my must-make-before-September list and I hope you aren’t sick of them yet because I’m not willing to wait until next may to share.

The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos (Marinade) |

This recipe is for chicken tacos – but not just any chicken tacos, we are talking about the very best, juicy and tender and incredibly flavorful grilled chicken tacos and the trick to making all of that goodness happen is in the marinade. There’s nothing weird in it, just some simple ingredients in the right quantities. Whip it up, let your chicken hang out in the fridge for a little while, and then fix yourself the best grilled chicken tacos you’ll ever have – complete with all of your favorite toppings like grilled corn salsa, avocados, cilantro, and fresh squeezed lime juice!

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What people are saying about The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos Marinade

“First time I have felt compelled to write a review. Five stars all the way!! Absolutely amazing. By far the greatest taco I have ever had – even in restaurants. The flavors are incredible. My husband and I look forward to this meal for our “date night” at home with some drinks. Thank you!!” Anissa

“Big hit with the family! Easy to make and tastes great! After returning from a trip to NYC and having chicken tacos from [our favorite restaurant,] I have been searching for something close to as good and I think I have found it with this recipe!” – Jeff

“It really IS the best marinade for chicken tacos. When my son goes back for seconds, I know it’s a winner. Thank you!”

“Oh my! This has to be one of the best chicken marinades i ever had! I grilled two boneless skinless chicken breasts that were marinating for about 90 minutes (brine for 20 minutes beforehand) and I am trying to save the second one for lunch tomorrow. Can’t wait to make this again.” – Cat

The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos (Marinade) |

The Best Grilled Chicken Tacos Marinade

The best grilled chicken tacos marinade makes these the ultimate, healthy grilled tacos you'll ever make!
4.91 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless skinless breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • 8-10 taco-sized flour or corn tortillas


  • 1/3 cup oil
  • juice of 2 limes
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • toppings: corn salsa, avocados, cilantro


  • Whisk together all marinade ingredients. Place chicken in a large resealable bag, add marinade, and seal bag. Chill for at least 30 minutes, or up to 3 hours.
  • Remove chicken from bag and discard excess marinade. Grill over medium heat 6-8 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken to a platter and cover with foil. Allow to rest for 3-5 minutes. Thinly slice and serve in tortillas with your favorite toppings.


Prep time does not include 30 min to 3 hours of marinading time. 
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5 stars
Awesome recipe, thanks! I used leg meat and it was delicious with some homemade pineapple salsa.

5 stars
This was amazing- I used it with chicken breast medallions and for my vegetarian I used fake chicken.

    Fake chicken- ha! Happy to hear both versions turned out well for you!

5 stars
We are making these again tonight, as the whole family loves them.

    So happy to hear that! Thanks, Mary!


    i find when I’m searing chicken that olive oil is the best.

5 stars
Definitely love this! The name says it all.

    Thanks for your feedback, Hayden!

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