My family goes crazy for these grilled chicken tacos, and I love how EASY they are to make! Marinated chicken thighs are grilled to perfection and served with warmed corn tortillas, pico de gallo, and cilantro.

Two corn tortillas topped with grilled chicken and pico de gallo and surrounded by slices of lime.

The past two weeks we have been using our grill to make dinner almost every single night. We’re a little obsessed. Nothing says summer to me like kids playing in the sprinklers in the backyard while Jeff and I heat up the BBQ and cook an amazing dinner.

Chicken thighs being grilled and then chopped into pieces for grilled chicken street tacos.

I love all of the fresh foods of summer. We LOVE any type of kebabs on the grill (these Cajun Chicken and Sausage Kebabs are Jeff’s all-time favorite). A huge family favorite are these Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Bowls and we also love making grilled pizza or grilling steaks and hamburgers.

A platter of tacos with doubled corn tortillas topped with chopped grilled chicken and pico de gallo.

These chicken tacos are also at the top of our list of favorites. They are so incredibly flavorful and EASY to make. You can make the marinade several days in advance, if you want, and you could even marinate the chicken the night before.

What are street tacos?

Mexican street tacos are smaller tacos, typically served on corn tortillas.  They are small in size, making it easier for a “street traveler” to enjoy a quick meal. The filling is served on two small corn tortillas so that they don’t rip or tear when piled high with toppings.

Some tips for this recipe:
Grill with chicken thighs.

I like using chicken thighs because they’re a little more forgiving on the grill–they are super flavorful and don’t dry out as easily as chicken breasts. That said, you can definitely use chicken breasts for this recipe, just be careful not to cook them too long.

Let the meat rest.

Whatever cut of chicken you decide to use, let the meat REST for a few minutes before chopping it up. This is super important in allowing the meat to absorb all of the yummy juices before you cut into it. (The same goes for pretty much any other meat/steak you cook).

For the Tortillas:

Corn tortillas are the BEST to use for these chicken street tacos. I love these mini corn tortillas that are specifically intended for street tacos, but you can use regular corn tortillas instead. I usually heat my corn tortillas on a griddle or skillet for a few minutes on each side.

You could even throw them on the grill for a few seconds. The microwave is my least favorite way to warm corn tortillas because they stay soft and flimsy, allowing them to fall apart easier when you add all of your taco toppings.

Fresh pico de gallo is a must!

As with most tacos, the toppings are a key part of the awesomeness, and this homemade pico de gallo is the perfect accompaniment to these! It’s incredibly easy to make yourself, or you can even buy a small container from the grocery store (usually in the produce section).

As a last resort you can substitute regular salsa, but these really are soooo good with fresh pico.

Hope you enjoy these AMAZING grilled chicken street tacos as much as we do! We love them with a side of authentic Mexican rice (of course!), grilled corn on the cob and fresh watermelon. That’s a five star meal right there!


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Grilled Chicken Street Tacos |
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 25 mins
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For the tacos:

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 20-22 mini white corn tortillas , warmed on a skillet*
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1 /2 cup fresh cilantro , chopped
  • lime wedges
  • hot sauce , optional (our favorite for Mexican food is Valentina)
  • sour cream , optional
  • pickled red onion , optional

For the Marinade:


  • Marinate Chicken: Make chicken marinade by combining all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken thighs and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  • Grill Chicken: Preheat grill over medium-hight heat. Grease the grill or spray generously with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade and place on hot grill. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping once (thickest part of the chicken thigh should register about 165 degrees F). Transfer chicken to a plate and allow to rest for a few minutes before chopping into small pieces.
  • Assemble: Warm tortillas on dry grill or skillet on the stove for a few seconds on each side. Layer two warmed mini street corn tortillas together. Top with chopped chicken, pico de gallo, cilantro, hot sauce, sour cream, pickled red onion, or desired toppings. Serve with a lime wedge for squeezing on top.
  • Serve with a side of Mexican Rice or another Mexican side dish.


*you don’t have to double-up on the tortillas to serve them. If you choose not to, then you only need about 10-12.
Tips for making perfect street tacos are listed above in the post!


Serving: 3tacosCalories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 33gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 786mgPotassium: 562mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1475IUVitamin C: 10.9mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    We absolutely LOVE this recipe! We usually make extra for lunch the next day and use the chicken for salads too. So good and super easy for busy families!!! It’s such a quick fix that everyone in our family enjoys!

  2. I agree I usually prefer to not use the microwave but if one is in a hurry first cover the tortilla with grated cheese and anything else that needs heating, 25 seconds for a pair in our micro, then add the cold stuff. The melted cheese holds it together very well and it’s a great way to use leftovers in a jiffy.

  3. My family loves this recipe! I make a double batch with chicken breast ( my teens prefer this to thighs) and everyone can make a taco or 2 after school, after practice or for a late night snack. Definitely a favorite and a healthy option to fast food!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this several times. Enjoyed every mouth full!! Even doubled it, and froze the meat. Turned out great!!

  5. Followed the recipe and added two tablespoons of vegetable oil to the marinade. I used chicken breast instead of thighs and this came out great. You’re worried about chicken breast being dry turn it more than once. I turn mine three times 4 1/2 minutes per side. Flour tortillas instead of corn. Keeper.

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