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Chicken Street Tacos are oven baked delicious tacos that are filled with a chicken and bean mixture that’s perfectly seasoned with out of this world flavor. These tacos are the perfect thing to prep once and eat all week because they reheat wonderfully and also freeze too!

chicken street tacos

Hey September Second- you’re lookin’ good! Today, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite recipes in the history of recipes. These Chicken Street Tacos came together by accident and my goodness, It’s probably one of the happiest accidents that I’ve had in the kitchen to date.

It’s time for Fall. It’s 62 degrees outside right now. The windows are open. Pepper is wearing the cutest little button down jean shirt and leggings. And here I am, in my pajamas still. Mom-life at its best. Pepper will forever be better dressed than me, but I’m okay with that. I clean up alright when I get the chance. Eric even told me I was just as beautiful as the combine we saw on the road this past weekend… Okay, he said more beautiful. But, I’m being compared to a big, green combine .. so, whats the difference?

I’ve been dutifully in the kitchen whipping up some comfort classics like Mom’s Chicken and Rice, stove top fried apples, the best chili ever, and our favorite chicken and dumplings!

tacos uncooked shell on sheet pan

A little about Chicken Street Tacos:

What’s the different between street tacos and tacos?

I don’t know. I have no idea. Please don’t ask me again.

Here’s my take on Chicken Street Tacos. They may not be super authentic, but I do what I want in my kitchen. This recipe makes a MESS of tacos. I don’t mean mess as in they are messy, I mean mess, as in they make like 500 tacos (not really, but close). They are quick, delicious, filling, mess-free, not a ham and cheese sandwich, and they also reheat super great! I love’m more than just about anything except for Pepper, and Eric, and my mom, sister.. dad.. nieces and nephews.. dogs.. my fuzzy blanket, our couch, christmas, okay I love them a lot, but not more than some stuff.

holding a chicken street taco

Let’s get in the kitchen and make some Chicken Street Tacos:

small bowls of ingredients pulled chicken, refried beans, onion, cilantro, taco seasoning, lettuce, tomatoes, and corn tortillas

Grab your Chicken Street Taco goodies! Taco seasoning, fresh cilantro, refried beans, corn tortillas, salsa, chopped onions, tortillas, and shredded chicken breast. If you’re wondering, yes! You can use chicken thighs in this recipe too.

Also some toppings! I like to keep’m simple I do lettuce, diced tomatoes, Queso Fresco, guacamole, or a yummy cabbage slaw like the slaw in my Crispy Fish Taco recipe.

I love to use the Mission Extra Thin Tortillas to keep my WW points lower, but you can use whatever corn tortillas your heart desires!

These also work great with flour tortillas!

skillet with chicken, taco seasoning, cilantro

Grab a large skillet and lightly spray with a bit of cooking spray. Throw in shredded chicken, cilantro, onions, and taco seasoning. Stir it all up over medium heat until the onions are a bit soft.

Quick homemade taco seasoning recipe (equal to one packet): 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt (i use kosher salt), 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less depending on spice preference), and about 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Stir them all together and set aside. If you’d rather use a good ol’ packet of taco seasoning or your own blend of taco spices that will work too!

chicken with beans

Next up throw in a can of the non fat refried beans. I know you’re like how is this going to be good? Trust me. It is.

pot with chicken and sauce

Add the greek yogurt and salsa. Stir until combined well. Stay with me, y’all. It’s good. Give it a lil taste and add some salt if ya need it. Set this aside.

tortilla in pan

Next up, grab another skillet, lightly spray with cooking spray, and then plop a tortilla on it. Lightly spray the top of tortillas with cooking spray and flip after about 30 seconds. These only need to be lightly warmed because they will get a nice crunch when we pop them in the oven later on.  Repeat this until you’re out of tortillas.

Every four-five tortillas I would stop and fill the tortillas up with the chicken and bean mixture. You can do it after every one that you fry, or cook a few and then fill. It’s up to you.

Once they’re folded up- line them on a extra large sheet pan or two smaller sheet pans and pop into a 425 degree oven for about 8 minutes or until golden brown and they are hard to touch.

tacos on black plate

When they’re done you’ll have the ultra delicious crispy little tacos that are a blank canvas for so many goodies! You can pull’em open just a bit and stuff them like an American style taco (lettuce/sour cream/tomatoes/cheese), do more Mexican Style (lots o fresh cilantro/crumbled queso fresco/onion/pico de gallo), or do a mix of both!

Use some lime juice, garlic powder, and avocado to make a quick avocado mash then pile that on taco too. So good!

tacos with lime on the side plus a black plate

How to store & reheat Chicken Street Tacos:

Wrap tacos in foil to prevent them sogging up, yep “sogging up” is a technical term.   I wrapped three at a time then placed in a freezer safe bag. When I went to reheat, I took them out of the foil and laid flat on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes. These also reheat great in the Air Fryer 365 for about 6 minutes flipping half way through should do it.

You could easily halve this recipe, but I really like having lots of tacos to eat throughout the week plus you can freeze for a rainy day! These also makes the best football food! Make a mess of tacos and throw the toppings in small bowls and let people dig in.

tacos

I’m currently obsessing over the Creamy Taco Truck Green Salsa from In Krista’s Kitchen! You can see it on the side of the picture above. Just POUR IT ALL OVER THESE TACOS!

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If you’re a long time reader you might notice the photos above got a glow up, but can’t forget my roots y’all. This picture here is from the original post back when I first started blogging. These tacos were one of the firsts. I literally just wrapped up these tacos and walked around in our driveway out on the farm back in Illinois. So much has changed since I did this, but one things for sure, whether your photos are perfectly executed or you go outside and take a cell phone photo when it’s almost dark out while you walk down a gravel road. Doesn’t matter. They’re good either way! Haha

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Now go make these!

Xo-Star

tacos with lime on the side plus a black plate
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Chicken Street Tacos

A crispy tortilla stuffed with super flavorful chicken and beans
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: bbq chicken taquitos, chicken street tacos, chicken tacos, tacos
Yield: 21 tacos
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish

Materials

  • 21 extra thin corn tortillas (Mission brand)
  • 1 lb cooked & shredded/chopped chicken breast
  • 16 oz can fat free refried beans
  • 1/2 cup non fat greek yogurt
  • 1/2 packet low sodium taco seasoning (or about 2 tbsp of homemade seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro minced
  • 1 medium onion (I've used all kinds doesn't matter which kind) chopped

Optional Toppings

  • Lettuce thinly sliced
  • Cabbage/Carrots thinly sliced
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (cheddar/monterey jack/queso fresco)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a large pan heat the chicken, onion, taco seasoning, and cilantro together over medium-high heat until the onions are tender.
  • Add the refried beans, mix thoroughly and then add the greek yogurt, and salsa. Mix together and heat for a few more minutes. Set aside.
  • In another non stick pan lightly spray with cooking spray and place tortilla cook for about 30 seconds, lightly spray top side of tortilla, flip, and cook for another 30 seconds. Repeat this step until you are done cooking the tortillas.
  • When the tortillas are finished evenly distribute and spread the chicken and bean mixture on each tortilla.
  • Fold the tortillas in half and place on to a cookie sheet. You will most likely need two cookie sheets to fit all of them on.
  • Bake for about 8 minutes or until the tacos are crispy and lightly browned. 
  • Let cool for a few minutes and top with lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, cilantro, carrots. Whatever you fancy.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Per Taco 
WeightWatcheres Points: 1 Point
80 calories, .5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 11g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 1.5g sugar, 0g added sugar, 2.5g protein 
 

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491 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Y’all. For real. This is hands down the best healthy, low cal, batch taco you can make. Thank you, Star, for sharing this easy peasy crowd pleaser! I double the recipe and make these for me and the hubs. Then we always have an easy taco meal waiting for us or our friends when they pop in! The reheat from frozen directions are on point. Follow exactly and it never disappoints. Hint: I sometimes make a side batch without the meat but keeping everything else, that way when my gluten free pescatarian sister visits I can whip out some tacos for her too! (Bc yes, extra thin mission tortillas are gluten free. But you do need to double check that you’re getting GF beans.) P.S.! These work equally well if you get those “street size” flour tortillas, but they are about 20 cals more each if you do that. P.P.S! I’ve actually made these per recipe BUT kept the yogurt out, because we like to add Fage yogurt as a taco topping. They were equally good that way, and ended up with fewer calories. (Yes, I’m a calorie counter.)

    Anyway, 3 cheers for the best batch taco recipe to ever exist on the internet!

    1. You’re so sweet Rachel!! Thank you for leaving such a wonderful comment a review. Made my day!!! I’m happy these are such a hit with you and the family!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so glad I found this recipe! My family absolutely adore these tacos- even my pickiest. They make a yummy and super affordable meal since the chicken goes such a long way. It’s a recipe that has been added into heavy rotation for us!

  3. Can anyone answer my questions about freezing, thawing and reheating these tacos? There are only two of us so there are going to be leftovers. I do not want to waste food and a lot of websites include this information when posting recipes.

  4. Sounds like something I should have in my freezer for a quick meal. Do you have instructions on how to freeze the tacos, defrost them and then reheat them? Thanks in advance for your help.

  5. I’ve made something similar before and just thought they were so-so, thus I was hoping these were better and they did not disappoint!!!!! These are so good, Star! We all loved them! And they’re so low in point!

  6. 5 stars
    These were great. Made 24 of them. Half with shredded chicken and half with ground turkey. Made extra for the freezer . Found out the hard way to make sure I cook the tortilla at least 40 seconds per side. My first couple cracked on me but the rest were perfect. Will certainly make these again.

  7. 5 stars
    Hi Star. Just made these tonight and my husband and I are OVER THE MOON! THEY ARE SOOOO GOOD!
    I want to let your vegetarian readers know that I made them vegetarian using Butler’s soy curls in place of the chicken and they worked perfectly! I rehydrated them in a veggie stock with some taco seasoning in the liquid to give them extra flavour. 10/10

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve made these many times, and we just love them! They’re versatile, so I’ve added black beans instead of refried beans and smashed them slightly, and I’ve added corn as well. They reheat really well in the oven or air fryer!

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