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Shredded chicken served in flour tortillas topped with sour cream, diced tomatoes, onions and cilantro.

Shredded Chicken Tacos

These shredded chicken tacos will give you a new, delicious way to make chicken and shake up taco night all in one easy recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword chicken, tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Shredding the chicken 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 396kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast boneless and skinless (2 breasts)
  • 8 ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 8 ounces Water
  • Hard or Soft Tortillas for serving


Make the homemade taco seasoning

  • Add the chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper to a small bowl, stir to combine.

Brown the chicken

  • Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the chicken. Cook for about 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and set on a plate or pan. Don’t worry that it’s not cooked all the way through; it will finish cooking in the sauce.

Make the taco sauce

  • Do not wash the skillet.
  • Set the skillet back over medium heat. Add the tomato sauce, water and prepared seasoning mix, stir well to combine.
  • When the sauce comes to a simmer return the chicken to the skillet. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Keep the sauce at a simmer. Turn the chicken about half way through the cooking time, and stir occasionally.
  • Make sure the chicken is at least 165°F at the thickest part.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and continue cooking the sauce, covered on low heat. It should be barely at a simmer.

Shred the chicken

  • Place the chicken on a cutting board or pan and shred using two forks.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet and cook a few minutes until warmed through and most of the sauce is absorbed. Stir occasionally.
  • Serve the shredded chicken with tortillas or hard taco shells and your favorite taco fixings.



Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1458mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 873IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 4mg