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3 chicken tacos garnished with onion and cilantro

Paleo Chicken Street Tacos

Sweet, smoky, citrus flavored street tacos!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
marinate 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 tacos


  • 1 whole lime zested about 1 tsp zest
  • 1 whole lime fresh squeezed juice about 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 medium orange zested about 1 tbsp zest
  • 1 medium orange freshly squeezed juice about 1/4 cup juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs

Taco Toppings

  • 6 paleo tortillas I love Siete brand!
  • 1 sliced lime
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • handful chopped fresh cilantro


  • Place chicken in a ziploc bag or tupperware container with a lid. Pour all the ingredients and spices on top of the chicken thighs. Mix together so the chicken is fully coated.
  • Place ziploc bag or container in fridge and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes of marinating, remove the chicken from the bag/container and place on a cutting board. Reserve the marinade juices!
  • Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. (the flavor is still absorbed in the chicken, removing the excess juices allows the chicken to brown by not being so wet.)
  • Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat with 1/2 tbsp. avocado oil. Once the cast iron is hot, place the chicken thighs flat on the skillet so the chicken is not crowded. (You may have to do 2 batches.)
  • Heat chicken for about 2 minutes until it browns on one side, then flip for another 2 minutes. Remove and place on a plate (It does not have to be cooked all the way inside, just browned on the outside)
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized 1 inch pieces. Place the chicken pieces back in the cast iron skillet at medium-high heat.
  • Pour the reserved marinade juices over the chicken and allow to bubble, while stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes and the chicken is done cooking, assemble your tacos. Heat tortillas. if you have a gas stove, you can heat them on the open flame. Turn the gas on low and place tortilla directly on the flame for 30 seconds, then flip until it has a few dark brown spots.
  • Assemble tacos with the chicken, chopped white onion, chopped cilantro, and a fresh squeeze of lime for the classic street taco! You can also add sliced avocado, jalapeƱos, finely chopped radishes or even salsa on top. ENJOY!


If you and your family don't eat it all in one night, you can store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
Keyword chicken, marinade, summer, tacos