saucy chicken tacos {easy 30 minute recipe} & a giveaway

Today I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite simple dinner recipes: saucy chicken tacos. It’s an easy recipe that uses pantry ingredients and comes together in under 30 minutes, which makes it a winner in my book. It uses the same sorts of ingredients you’re used to in chicken tacos: tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, etc., but instead of throwing those things on top of the chicken you melt them all together, creating a creamy delicious sauce that makes these tacos into something special.
saucy chicken tacos - easy 30 minute recipe
The sauce is slightly spicy and creamy at the same time, while the sliced chicken breast is cooked quickly on the stovetop, so it stays tender and moist.

saucy chicken tacos - easy 30 minute recipe

I’ve made the recipe a number of times, but this time I used Tyson® Fresh Chicken, which made the prep even easier than normal. Fresh chicken is super convenient: no time spent trying to defrost frozen chicken in the microwave without accidentally cooking it and turning it to rubber (ew). The less time I spend preparing dinner, the more time I can spend enjoying it with my family. With Tyson Fresh Chicken all I needed to do was pull it out of the fridge, slice it up, and start cooking! To make easy saucy chicken tacos, gather the following ingredients: (printable recipe card at the end of the post)


  Start with 1.5 to 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts and slice them into strips. Heat one teaspoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet and add the chicken (as shown below).  


Cook and stir over medium-hi heat for about 5 minutes, until chicken is white (or very lightly brown) on the outside. Drain a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chiles (use mild if desired) and add them to the skillet. Turn the heat up to high and cook and stir 5-7 more minutes until chicken is cooked through. (Note: Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 170 degrees for boneless products and 180 degrees for bone in chicken products.)  


Drain any liquid from the skillet, and turn the heat to low. Add sour cream, taco seasoning, and grated cheddar cheese and stir until smooth.


Serve the chicken on corn or flour tortillas and garnish with chopped cilantro, lime, and lettuce (add additional cheese and sour cream if desired).

saucy chicken tacos - easy 30 minute recipe

Click here for a printable recipe card.


Tyson Fresh Chicken is all natural* with no added hormones or steroids**, and it arrives at your store fresh, delivered within days of leaving the farm. Tyson Foods is a company made up of real people – moms and dads, husbands and wives, neighbors and friends – and their goal is to provide food that you (and I!) can feel good about serving to our families. To help make meal preparation even easier, each piece of chicken is hand trimmed, and recipes and meal ideas are available from Tyson Fresh Chicken online. Baked Chicken with Creamy Dijon Sauce or Asiago Ceasar Chicken Ciabattas, anyone?

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    Sarah J. says

    I love chicken fajitas- marinade 20 minutes, then everything into one pan or grill basket– easy peasy! Thanks for the chance!

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    Paula M says

    hmmmm, so many good chicken recipes, but I think my favorite is chicken “fajitas” done in my covered baker in the microwave! Just toss sliced onion, peppers, chicken and fajita seasoning in the baker, pop in the micro for 15 minutes and VIOLA! Done! Top with sour cream pico de gallo. YUMMY!

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    Diana says

    Those tacos are tomorrow night’s dinner! Thanks for the chance to win .. I follow you via email and Pinterest !

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    Kristie says

    We make one called Italian chicken. In the crock pot. We use chicken breasts/tenders, cream of chicken, and either Italian seasoning or an Italian dressing packet. I like mine with more season to it so I use the dressing packet. Cook in the crock pot, serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

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    Katie O says

    This looks delicious! I will be trying this on Thursday for our make-up “Taco Tuesday”. However I will be using free range chicken breast that I purchased from a local family farm, not from a billion dollar corporation who abuses animals, adds tons of growth hormones and unneeded antibiotics to its “product”, mistreats their workers, and is putting the local family farmer out of business. I would encourage you to look into who you are doing business with.

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    Buffy says

    My favorite chicken dish is chicken Parmesan but the chicken dish I make most often is plain grilled chicken which can be used leftover so many different ways

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    Rebecca D says

    Wow that looks tasty and simple. I am going to try this recipe. Thanks!

    I like to make white chicken chili and my whole family loves it.

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    Nina says

    I love making this Cafe Rio Mexican chicken dinner that a friend gave me. It’s a crock pot dinner and sooo easy to make! I also love chicken noodle soup.

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    CTY says

    Sooo hard to pick one! But I chose my favorite “hands off” recipe. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F; Oil the inside & lid of a 2 qt Dutch oven (or heavy pot with tight lid); Add 1 C uncooked penne pasta to the pot & toss pasta with 2 tsp olive oil; spread 1 undrained (15oz) can diced Italian stewed tomatoes over pasta; roll chunks of chicken (about 1 lb.) in 1 TB each paprika & thyme leaves & place over tomatoes; top with even layer of 1 sliced red bell pepper and 1/2 an onion; final layer 1 can black olives drained; I pour a bit of the olive juice 1/4C or so into the pot. Bake tightly covered 35-40 minutes (do not lift lid while baking). It is done when aroma fills the house. I often prep this in the morning & refrigerate until dinner time. However, I never place the cold pot in a hot oven (it can crack a Dutch oven); I place the pot in the cold oven and then turn the oven on. Once the oven is preheated, start timing 35-40 min. Stir to mix just before serving.

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    We love to make “Sunday Chicken” – chicken in the crock pot with cream of chicken soup, french onion soup mix, and sour cream. Yum!

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    cyndi says

    I love all things chicken but my favorite would be buttermilk fried chicken. Crispy, cruchy, tender, juicy , and full of memories of family meals going back years.

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    Nicole says

    I like my chicken and black bean stuffed burritos recipe the best. I make It so good you’ll want seconds & thirds.

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    Jackie Crane says

    Chicken is my FAV meat to make dinners with. We buy Tyson chicken from Costco. Love it. My favorite is making my grandma’s honey lime enchiladas. Delish.

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    Vincent says

    I like to make marinated chicken skewers on the grill with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and pineapple.

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    Vincent says

    We like to put marinated chicken on skewers on the grill with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and pineapple, then eat over rice.

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    Kari arsenault says

    We love chicken here and can honestly eat it 4 times a week and be totally ok with that. Our favorites really depend on the season, but I guess if I had to choose one…. A nice crusty homemade chicken pot pie

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    Anne says

    Lately I’ve been making braised chicken thighs in a tomato-based sauce, which is pretty tasty with rice or pasta. Big hit in our house!

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    Deb Anderson says

    These look great! My family loves chicken fajitas, especially making their own at the table. I’ll definitely have to try these tacos next time!

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    Sonya Morris says

    I love BBQ chicken mostly because that is the extent of my cooking talent and I can usually get my husband to grill it!

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    Madeline says

    My favorite chicken dish is a simple marinated grilled chicken breast that my husband does on our hibachi grill.

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