40 Mexican Chicken Recipes

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air fryer chimichanga

B-o-r-e-d with plain ol' grilled chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs? We’ve been there! Rather than go back to your same old standby recipes, do what we do and spice your chicken routine up, literally. Mexican food is known for its distinctive spicy flavors, which are perfect for adding a little kick to your chicken. Get inspired by these 40 recipes, you might just find a new favorite.

When it comes to Mexican food, there are a few standout recipes we turn to again and again, and putting chicken in them helps add protein and make them extra satiating, like our cheesy chicken enchiladas or quesadillas. Admittedly, sometimes we turn to them straight out of the freezer section and make them in our microwave, but we swear, these recipes are nearly as easy, and WAY more flavorful. Plus there’s no chance of a cold-on-the-outside, lava-in-the-middle situation. Try our cheesy baked burritos or air-fryer chimichangas and see for yourself.

We’ve also got lots of options for sharing, whether you’re making dinner for your family or serving a crowd at a party. Try our chicken enchilada casserole, cheesy chicken fajita pasta, or our slow-cooker chicken tortilla soup for a weeknight meal. We think our chicken taquitos, flautas, or sweet BBQ lime chicken tacos would be great to serve at a party. Our Tex-Mex-inspired chicken fajitas are kind of the perfect food for anytime (and we’ve even got a crock-pot version to make things even easier on you).

Having a Cinco de Mayo party? Check out our list of authentic Mexican foods, party appetizers, and desserts too.

chicken quesadilla
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Quesadillas

You don't really need a recipe to make this insanely popular Mexican dish. Top a tortilla with cheese (and whatever else you've got), then fold it in half and cook until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melty. But if you're looking for some guidance, especially in cooking up some quick and easy chicken to stuff inside, this recipe won't let you down.

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spicy chicken taquitos
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Spicy Chicken Taquitos

A taquito is essentially a rolled taco with many of the topping like guacamole and sour cream on the outside. They are traditionally shallow fried to get that beautifully crisp exterior. Our version is baked with an option to make them in the air fryer!

Get the Spicy Chicken Taquitos recipe.

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Air Fryer Chimichanga

Chimichangas are essentially fried burritos, which, don't get us wrong, we absolutely LOVE. What we don't always care for is the excess oil or the mess of deep frying. Make your chicken chimichangas in the air fryer instead for an exceptionally crispy burrito!

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chicken flautas
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Chicken Flautas

Made with shredded chicken wrapped in flour tortillas and then pan-fried, flautas exist between taquitos and chimichangas. They come together quickly, making them perfect party appetizers or a great weeknight meal served with Mexican rice and beans.

Get the Chicken Flautas recipe.

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Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

These enchiladas fall somewhere in between Texan and Mexican; they're definitely Tex-Mex at their core, but we went with corn tortillas in place of traditional flour (you do you, though!) They may not be authentic by, well, anyone's standards, but they are quick, easy, filling, and delicious.

Get the Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas recipe.

tequila lime chicken tacos
Kat Wirsing
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Tequila-Lime Chicken Tacos

Tequila-lime might sound like a margarita flavor profile, but we love using it in chicken marinades. While the chicken's marinating, prep the fixings: purple cabbage, cotija, and avocado — or really anything you want.

Get the Tequila-Lime Chicken Tacos recipe.

crock pot posole
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Posole

Make no mistake: this slow cooker version isn't authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling. Mix and match your favorite toppings and feel free to sub in your favorite protein — pork, beef, or turkey would all be delicious. If you're looking for something more classic, check out our Best-Ever Pozole. It's the red variety, and it includes a puree of several chilis, giving a complex smokiness to the final dish.

Get the Posole recipe.

chicken fajitas
Parker Feierbach
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Easy Chicken Fajitas

We can thank the cuisine of Tex-Mex for the classic fajita. Originally, the term referred to a grilled strip of meat served in a tortilla. These days you can find steak, crock-pot, shrimp, or even vegetarian fajitas. Minimal prep and minimal cook time means these can be on your dining room table FAST.

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Shredded Chicken Tacos

This recipe is inspired by chicken tinga, a Mexican guisado (or stew) that is tender chicken, shredded and added to a tomato sauce spiked with chiles, onion, garlic and spices. This preparation is a little more weeknight-friendly by relying on the ever versatile and delicious canned chipotle chiles in adobo.

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Parker Feierbach
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Cheesy Chicken Tacos

We like using rotisserie chicken for this recipe because (sometimes) we're lazy. If you have the time, these would also be killer with grilled chicken breast — just swap lime juice for the balsamic and oregano for the rosemary and thyme.

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slowcooker chicken tortilla soup
Parker Feierbach
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

We load this tortilla soup up with extra protein by adding black beans, then throw in some vegetables (corn! bell peppers! onion!) for health and color, and flavor it all with canned fire-roasted tomatoes, which we love for their smokiness. We quick fry tortillas strips at the very end for added crunch, but feel free to just crumble some store-bought ones if you got 'em.

Get the Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe.

cheesy baked burritos vertical
Ethan Calabrese
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Cheesy Chicken Burritos

The exact origin story of the wonderful and beloved Mexican burrito is unknown, but it's believed to have first appeared on an American restaurant menu at El Cholo Spanish Cafe in L.A during the 1930s. Today, it takes many forms—from egg-filled breakfast burritos to deep-fried burritos (aka chimichangas) to smothered, "wet burritos." This is the latter.

Get the Cheesy Baked Burritos recipe.

cilantro lime chicken vertical
Parker Feierbach
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Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Cilantro and lime is a classic duo that we can't get enough of. If you're also a major fan, check out our cilantro lime shrimp lettuce wraps or tacos.

Get the recipe from Delish.

crockpot chicken tacos
Charlie Gillette
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Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Who says boneless, skinless chicken breasts have to be boring? This chicken has TONS of flavor! Its got spice from the chiles, some tang from the lime juice, and just a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar.

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Buffalo Chicken Crunchwrap

We love crunchwrap supremes and we love buffalo chicken wings so naturally we combined them! This is our favorite take on buffalo chicken and have a strong feeling you're going to love it too.

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street corn chicken tacos
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Elote (Mexican Street Corn) Tacos

All the deliciousness of elote or esquites in taco form—and you don’t even have to fire up the grill. Oh, and did we mention you can get them on the table in 30 minutes?

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Crockpot Salsa Chicken

A slow cooker meal made with only 4 ingredients is really something to celebrate. The chicken falls apart and becomes immensely tender, flavored with the familiar flavors of chunky salsa and taco seasoning, and brightened up with bursts of lime juice. Serve this over Mexican rice, in lettuce cups, or as tacos.

Get the Crockpot Salsa Chicken recipe.

cheesy salsa chicken and cauliflower rice skillet
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Cheesy Salsa Chicken And Cauliflower Rice Skillet

Pull out some frozen chicken, some cauliflower rice, a bottle of salsa verde, and a block of Monterey Jack cheese, and you’re ready to make a low-key low-carb dinner. Bonus: You can whip this up in just 25 minutes—seriously.

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delish mexican chicken pasta
Ethan Calabrese
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Mexican Chicken Pasta

A savory, super cheesy mixture of chicken broth, heavy cream, cheddar, and pepper jack (gotta get that kick) combine to make an insanely delicious, creamy sauce. It's heavenly.

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instant pot spicy chicken tacos
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Instant Pot Spicy Chicken Tacos

If we knew the Instant Pot could turn out delicious, juicy chicken tacos, then we would have bought one a lot sooner. Tender, juicy chicken that makes its own sauce while cooking. We love them spicy, but feel free to lessen the amount of hot sauce if desired.

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Chicken Taco Tortilla Hack

This truly genius TikTok recipe involves a simple trick of folding your tortilla to create a wrap that will give you a perfect bite all throughout. Each bite will be crispy, cheesy, and include all of the toppings!

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Parker Feierbach
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Baked Salsa Verde Chicken

While homemade salsa verde would be amazing, it's not necessary. Your favorite jarred brand will work just fine. This is a minimal work, maximum flavor recipe. Here, we season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, slather it with salsa verde, load it with cheese, then throw it in the oven. It's that simple.

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sweet bbq lime chicken tacos
Erika LaPresto
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Sweet BBQ Lime Chicken Tacos

If you're addicted to our BBQ Lime Chicken, just wait until you taste it in tacos.

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Parker Feierbach
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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Instead of rolling all of the enchiladas this casserole untraditionally speeds up the process by layering everything together in the pan. Skip the store-bought and make your own homemade enchilada sauce. You can adjust the heat up or down according to your preference and the flavor is 10x better.

Get the Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe.

chicken, quinoa, and black bean chili verde
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili Verde

A jar of salsa verde builds the sauce in this zesty recipe, made hearty with protein-packed quinoa and black beans.

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delish skillet chicken dinner
Ethan Calabrese
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Santa Fe Skillet Chicken

Tex-Mex at its finest: This skillet chicken is topped with melty cheddar and a delicious black bean-red onion mixture you're going to want to start putting on everything.

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Keto Taquitos

Typically, taquitos are made by rolling a variety of fillings tightly in a corn tortilla before deep frying. They're good. Like, REALLY good. Unfortunately, they're not keto, so we got creative and replaced the tortilla with something that is: cheese!

Get the Keto Taquitos recipe.

crockpot chicken fajitas
Kat Wirsing
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Crock-Pot Chicken Fajitas

Prep it before work and come home to the best-smelling kitchen. You won't get a smoking hot sizzle tray but you will get perfectly tender fajitas that are FULL of flavor.

Get the Crock-Pot Chicken Fajitas recipe.

slow cooker chicken enchilada dip
Ethan Calabrese
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip

Enchilada sauce and pepper jack shine in this gloriously cheesy dip. Make your own ingredients, or use store-bought for everything (we won't tell!).

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Brad Holland
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Enchilada Chicken

If you've got skin-on chicken breasts, start by crisping the skin in a hot cast iron skillet. After that, just flip them over and add the enchilada sauce! SO EASY.

Get the Enchilada Chicken recipe.

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