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Grilled Chicken Street Tacos with Cilantro Lime Butter

August 24, 2018 (Last Updated: January 9, 2019)
This Grilled Chicken Street Taco recipe is the perfect grilled taco recipe! Simple and healthy these tacos are perfect for a party or family meal! There is also an amazing cilantro lime butter to top off these perfect tacos!

These Grilled Chicken Street Tacos are my favorite tacos we make in our home! We LOVE tacos and eat them more often than we probably should! These tacos hold a special place in my heart because they are perfect and simple! I love that these combine so many spices and the flavor that results is amazing!

Family Favorite!

I cannot take full credit for these Grilled Chicken Street Tacos because their origin actually traces back to my husband. It was Mother’s Day and I really did not want to cook or make a huge mess in the kitchen to clean up. Therefore, my husband decided he would grill up some dinner for us. My husband is good at many things: computers and puns to name a few, but my husband is a lost lamb in the kitchen. Even more lost when asked to come up with a recipe without any direction. So he did what he knew and went to the internet.

There he found a very boring BBQ chicken recipe. When I went to check on the progress of dinner I immediately started adding and subtracting things (control freak lol). What started as plain BBQ chicken with brown sugar and chili powder evolved into tacos with balsamic vinegar and Greek yogurt. After my husband was finished grilling the chicken we couldn’t stop talking about how great it smelled or how pretty the coloring was. We have had the recipe dozens of times and we STILL go on about the color and smell!

Grilled Chicken Street Tacos on a wooden cutting board. There are three tacos in the picture and they all have tomatoes and avocado on them. Surrounding the tacos is limes, tomatoes, and cilantro. In the background is a bowl of cilantro lime butter blurred out.

All about the chicken!

The chicken is the real star of these grilled chicken street tacos, but the cilantro lime butter is absolutely needed to make these tacos perfect! It adds the perfect amount of moisture and sweetness to compliment the chicken.However, I like just a little drizzle on mine personally. I also try and scoop up some of the onions and cilantro so I can have the whole flavor experience.

Finally, after getting the tacos assembled with our favorite fixings and the cilantro lime butter it was time to eat. I do not think we breathed at all eating them because we loved them that much. An added bonus was that our son, Theo, ate all of his deconstructed taco! He is very picky about meat so when he loved it as well we knew we had a winner. I hope you can fall in love with these tacos like we have!

Happy Eating!


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Grilled Chicken Street Tacos Recipe

This Grilled Chicken Street Taco recipe is the perfect grilled taco recipe! Simple and healthy these tacos are perfect for a party or family meal! There is also an amazing cilantro lime butter to top off these perfect tacos!
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Grilled Chicken Street Tacos with Cilantro Lime Butter

These amazing Grilled Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Butter are perfect for a family get together or party! The combination of spices delivers a punch of flavor that you will want again and again!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chicken tacos, grill recipes, grilled tacos, Mexian food, tacos
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 637kcal


Grilled Chicken Tacos

Cilantro Lime Butter

  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter Melted
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/4 White Onion Diced
  • 2 Tsp Jalapeno Pepper Diced- Optional
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Pinch Red Pepper Flakes Optional

Suggested Toppings

  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Tomatoes Diced
  • Avocado Diced
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese


Grilled Chicken Tacos

  • Trim any fat from chicken and salt and pepper both sides of each chicken breast, set aside.
  • In a shallow bowl combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and garlic powder and stir until a paste forms. Heavily coat both sides of each chicken breast and marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • While the chicken is marinating get your grill heating up*. We have a charcoal grill that we heat to about 400 degrees. Once the grill gets hot, place the prepared chicken breasts over flame and cook for about 7 minutes each side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. The chicken will start to turn an amber color with some charring. If the chicken is getting too charred for your liking move the chicken to a cooler part of the grill until cooked all the way through.
  • Once cooked all the way through, remove the chicken from the grill and dice into small chunks. Prepare the Cilantro Lime Butter.
  • Wrap the tortillas in a few damp paper towels and warm in microwave for 20 seconds. Take warm tortilla and spread with a small amount of plain Greek yogurt. Then add lettuce, diced chicken and any other additional toppings. Drizzle with a small amount of Cilantro Lime Butter and serve warm. Enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Butter

  • Combine all ingredients in small bowl and stir to combine. I like to do this right before serving so the butter doesn't cool and separate. Drizzle over completed Grilled Chicken Tacos.
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*Alternatively you can bake the chicken in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reads 165 degrees. The flavor develops better, in my opinion, on the grill; but if the weather isn't great or you do not have access to a grill the oven works perfectly fine as well!


Serving: 0g | Calories: 637kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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  • Reply
    August 28, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    5 stars
    These are incredible! My new go to recipe! So simple I love them.

  • Reply
    August 25, 2018 at 1:04 am

    oh wow! my family loves tacos and this lools right up our alley! Can’t wait to give this version a try!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 27, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Yes! Our family loves them!

  • Reply
    Nathan Wyper
    August 24, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    5 stars
    Yum, These look so good… love the colours and the sound of all those flavours!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 27, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      They are so pretty and taste even better!

  • Reply
    August 24, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    5 stars
    These look so tasty, colorful and healthy! I love the sound of that cilantro lime butter!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 27, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      It is the perfect finisher!

  • Reply
    August 24, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    5 stars
    There’s no such thing as too many tacos. These tacos sound delicious – loving the cilantro lime butter!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      lol yes that is what I like to tell myself!

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    August 24, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    5 stars
    You had me at “street tacos”. I wouldn’t have thought to use balsamic in tacos, but with the brown sugar — that definitely works.

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 27, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Yes there is a lot going on but it works!

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