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Healthy Chicken Tacos Recipe With Spicy Coleslaw

By Nick Holt / July 1, 2017

Chicken tacos are a staple meal in my house. I don’t know about you, but I love tacos, especially homemade ones. Here’s a confession – I’ve eaten homemade tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner all in the same day. Yes, they are that good. Of course there are a million ways to do tacos, but I like to take a simple and easy approach. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this tasty recipe.

Why do I love chicken tacos so much? – Because they are in high protein, very satisfying, and the leftover meat can be used for a variety of other dishes and snacks.

The best part, it takes less than 20-minutes to prepare this delicious meal.

Recipe Facts

There are two parts to this recipe – cooking the chicken and mixing the coleslaw. After that, all you need to do is assemble your tacos and eat.

This recipe makes about 10 tacos.

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
5 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes

Chicken Taco Nutrition Facts

Serving = 3 Tacos

Three of these spicy chicken tacos will definitely fill a man-sized appetite.

Calories 450 calories
Protein 33 g
Carbs 37 g
Fat 19 g

Spicy Coleslaw Nutrition Facts

Serving = ½ cup Coleslaw (toppings for 3 tacos)

This coleslaw is low-calorie, low-fat, and full of flavor and nutrients. Feel free to load up your tacos with more than ½ a cup.

Calories 66 calories
Protein 2 g
Carbs 6 g
Fat 4 g


Chicken Taco

Amount Ingredient
1.5 lbs. (about 4 large breasts) Chicken Breast (1-inch cubes)
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 large Diced Onion
1 medium can Diced Tomatoes
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 large Lime
10 Small Corn Tortillas

Spicy Coleslaw (makes about 3 cups)

Amount Ingredient
2 cups Shredded Green Cabbage
1 cup Shredded Carrots
1 large Diced Onion
1/4 cup Chopped Cilantro
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 large squeezed Lime juice
2 TBSP Hot Sauce
2 TBSP Olive Oil

Recipe Instructions

While there are two parts to this recipe, you’ll find that it’s super quick to prepare and cook. Start by prepping your coleslaw. Then cook the chicken and heat your tortillas. You’ll be eating a delicious meal in no time.

Spicy Coleslaw Instructions

1) Shred 2 cups of cabbage (or buy pre-shredded cabbage)
2) Shred 1 cup of carrots (or buy pre-shredded carrots)
3) Dice one large onion
4) Mix cabbage, carrots and onion together with all other remaining ingredients. Mix well. If you want extra heat, add another 2 TBSP of hot sauce.

Chicken Taco Instructions

1) Add oil to frying pan over medium heat. Sauté the onions for 2-minutes.

2) Add cubed chicken breast.

3) Add spices and cook chicken for 3-4 minutes each side, or until no longer pink inside.

4) Add tomatoes and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.

5) Cook the chicken until it’s done and the sauce has simmered down and thickened.

6) Heat up tortillas and serve with a slice of avocado and a lime. Top with spicy coleslaw and enjoy!

7) Optional – Add shredded cheese if you can handle dairy.

There you have it. I hope you enjoy this one, and let me know how your tacos turned out! You can also double the recipe to have lots of leftovers for high protein snacks throughout the rest of your week. And if you end up eating these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the same day, please let me know in the comments so I can give you a high five!


  • Michael says:

    Your taco recipe looks great! I'm going to make it tonight. Which hot sauce do you prefer to use?

    • Nick says:

      Hey Michael - how'd it go? I use a local hot sauce we can only get here in Costa Rica. It depends how hot you like your slaw? Frank's red hot is a good entry level one, good flavor, not too hot. I also have used Cholula hot sauce is another one that's a little hotter, but still has great flavor. Keep me posted how they turn out!

  • Steven says:

    Thank you. That sounds like a great taco recipe that I'll have to try. I've been eating a lot of tacos lately, but using the hard formed corn shells. I love the crunchiness of those shells. I spread cold refried beans on the inside and stuff them with as much chopped onions, tomatoes avocados and salsa as I can fit. Messy but delicious. And no cooking. Cold tacos might sound strange, but I find them very tasty. Kind of like a healthier version of chips and salsa.

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