How to Make Flavorful Lime Pineapple Chicken Tacos

Lime pineapple chicken tacos

Combining lime chicken with grilled pineapple in a tortilla will make a perfectly flavorful dish. There are so many flavors and textures you can experience, and the best thing is the savory hidden in every bite of the lime pineapple chicken tacos exploding in your mouth. With the addition of fresh avocado crema, this can be a premium salad you should try.

Lime Chicken Pineapple Tacos Recipe

This recipe isn’t a no-fuss version of a dish, but the end result would be satisfying. So don’t be overwhelmed by the long list of ingredients because it really is worth the taste.

Ingredients

  • 4 of flour tortillas (buy here)
  • ½ cup of Cotija cheese (buy here)

For the Lime Chicken:

-1 pound of chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch of thickness (buy here)

– ½ teaspoon of chipotle chili pepper (buy here)

– 1 teaspoon of chilli powder (buy here)

– ½ teaspoon of onion powder (buy here)

– ½ teaspoon of garlic powder (buy here)

– 2 tablespoons of olive oil (buy here)

– ½ teaspoon of ground cumin (buy here)

– ½ teaspoon of pepper (buy here)

– ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika (buy here)

– ¾ teaspoon of salt (buy here)

– 1 teaspoon of brown sugar (buy here)

– lime juice from one lime, freshly squeezed (buy here)

– lime zest

For the Pineapple Salsa

  • 2 onions, peeled and quartered (buy here)
  • ½ of ripe pineapple, trimmed and sliced (buy here)
  • 1 jalapeno (buy here)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and quartered (buy here)
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice (buy here)
  • ½ cup of loosely packed cilantro, chopped nicely (buy here)
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin (buy here)
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger (buy here)
  • Olive oil (buy here)
  • Salt and pepper (buy here)


For the Avocado Crema

  • ½ cup of sour cream (buy here)
  • 1 avocado (buy here)
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice (buy here)
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder (buy here)
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin (buy here)
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise (buy here)
  • ½ teaspoon of salt (buy here)

Instructions

  1. Rub the chicken breasts with all of the chicken tacos marinade ingredients and let it sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature, or about 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the grill over medium-high heat and grill the chicken. If it stays in the refrigerator, let it sit about 15 to 30 minutes at room temperature first.
  3. Grill your chicken once the grill is very hot. Grill it for about 3 to 5 minutes, until one side is golden or blackened, depending on your own preference.
  4. Once the side of the chicken is golden brown, flip it and let the other side cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Set the heat to medium.
  5. Once the taco chicken is well cooked, slice it on a cutting board.
  6. Now that the chicken is ready, you can make the pineapple salsa.
  7. Combine all the ingredients for the pineapple salsa in a large bowl and mix well. You can serve it immediately or chill it in the refrigerator. If you want, you can grill the pineapple until caramelized over medium heat before mixing with other ingredients. Grill the vegetables as well, and do it in different batches as each type of vegetables require different amount of time to cook. Grilling the pineapple is better, as grilling makes the pineapple have enhanced flavor.
  8. To make the avocado crema, you just need to mix all the ingredients together in a blender. Make sure it is smooth, and store it in a refrigerator inside an airtight container if you want to use it later.
  9. Since every layer of the lime pineapple chicken taco is ready, now you just need to assemble them. Grill the tortilla before assembling it, and you can put the chicken, pineapple, avocado crema, and cheese in your desired order.
  10. You can put the cheese first, then the chicken, pineapple salsa, and avocado crema on top, or in whatever order you like.

Tools and Ingredients Recommendations

1. Grill

The grill is the most essential tool in this recipe; you need it for grilling your chicken and pineapple. For an indoor application, the Elite Gourmet Smokeless Electric Table Top Grill is a great option. It has a large 14-inch surface that can hold up a lot of chicken breast.

The non-stick coating of the surface will prevent you from getting any food stuck on the it. There are also five easy-to-adjust settings, and the temperature can be set up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The circular heating element of this grill makes sure for an even and faster heat up. Your chicken breasts and pineapple would be perfectly cooked.

2. Blender

To make a perfect avocado crema, you need the best blender that ensures each ingredient blends well with a nice texture. The Nutribullet Blender Combo offers full control of 1200 watts of power to let you easily make avocado crema with just a single touch. It includes stainless steel extractor blade that is durable and provides high performance.

3. Chicken Rub

If you don’t want the fuss of preparing all of the long ingredients for the chicken rub, go with the ready-to-use tajin seasoning instead. With this seasoning, you juta need to rub it on your chicken breast without having to mix ingredients first.

This Tajin Chile Lime Seasoning is made of lime, chili peppers, and sea salt. All the ingredients are natural and provide the right amount of heat for the unique flavor. It is kosher and artificial color-free. The 14-ounce shaker with a flip-top opening allows for a more convenient way of seasoning your chicken.

4. Tortilla

You can use any tortilla that you like, but the Ole Mexican Food Extreme Wellness is a better option than the flour tortillas. It is certified Kosher and keto-friendly so that all those who are aware of their health can make their own version of healthy tacos.

It contains only 4 grams of net carbs per wrap and 50 calories. With the use of olive oil, this tortilla wrap containes no hydrogenated oils or trans fats. Moreover, this is also sugar-free, so you can crave your healthy lime chicken tacos as much as you want.

5. Cheese

While this recipe uses cotija cheese to complement the chicken, pineapple, and avocado, you don’t have to use it if you don’t like it or you can’t find it at your nearest grocery store.

A sharp cheddar is also a great alternative as it blends well with almost any type of dishes and it still has a quite strong cheese flavor to enhance the ingredients of your tacos. However, if you use sharp cheddar, you need to grill it with the tortilla first before adding other layers of the lime pineapple chicken tacos for the best result.

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