Lime Chicken Tacos Recipe
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Lime Chicken Tacos Recipe

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Our fun, simple recipe is perfect for taco Tuesdays or a relaxing dinner with friends. If we have any leftover filling, I toss it into a garden-fresh taco salad. —Tracy Gunter, Boise, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 12 fat-free flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • Sour cream, pickled onions, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheddar or cotija cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 tacos: 291 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 674mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch.


  1. Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine lime juice and chili powder; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender, 5-6 hours.
  2. Remove chicken. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker. Stir in corn and salsa. Cook, covered, on low until heated through, about 30 minutes. Place filling on tortillas; if desired, serve with sour cream, pickled onions, lettuce and cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lime Chicken Tacos in Simple & Delicious November/December 2006, p12

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1Heart4Jesus User ID: 2171354 267541
Reviewed May. 31, 2017

"Can't wait to try this! I'm from Boise too!!"

spraul User ID: 1280885 256661
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2016

"love this. have been making it for years and shared it many many times since it first appeared in the magazine"

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 246413
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"Very easy and delicious!. great fast meal. Love the lime flavor."

JudyB1544 User ID: 8576860 245343
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

"Made the recipe exactly as written, but cut in half for just 2 of us. Used mild salsa, as we aren't big "heat" fans and kept the lime juice/chili powder ratio as is. Wonderful! We decided this is definitely "a keeper" and will be made again and again. So easy, so quick after chicken was cooked. Yum-Yum!"

kredhead User ID: 710648 243803
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"This is a great & easy "throw it together in 2 seconds" base chicken recipe for the crockpot. I used legs & thighs since it is what I had on hand. They were succulent, flavorful & the meat fell off the bone. Not dry, quite the opposite-lots of sauce, that's the difference between breasts & dark meat. I added cilantro & chopped green chilies for more flavor when I added the corn & salsa. Next time I'll add black beans to make a whole meal in a pot. Nice change from the usual, will make again."

rachelbarnesjn116 User ID: 8584715 238399
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"I was really impressed with this. I had just over 1.5 lbs of chicken breasts, and after pretty much exactly 5 hours exactly it shredded incredibly easily. The flavor was really good too. I've never been one to put salsa on my tacos or burritos (I'm more of a pico de gallo person), this was super good. It also made enough that I'm going to definitely get more than a few meals out of it. easy, quick and cheap.

By the way, I bought a can of corn, accidentally got creamed corn, and (while this was the first time I made this, so I don't know how it's supposed be exactly), I don't think it changed anything. The salsa has enough liquid that it got absorbed without an issue.
I'm definitely making this again."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 114668
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"Very good. I cooked for 4.5 hours and meat was starting to dry out, next time I will check it at 4 hours. I had to use mainly salsa verde since I didn't have enough tomato based salsa and I did add a little salt."

bukwurm User ID: 1365510 208300
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"These are great. The only change I made was to add a can of black beans."

T-Dub1000 User ID: 837698 91830
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"So easy to make, but absolutely delicious! One of our favorites!"

Terena User ID: 3238586 93597
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"This was so easy to throw together in the morning before work. I used frozen chicken so I let it cook longer than the recommended 5-6 hours. It had such a good taste!"

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