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On those days when you can’t face cooking or even thinking about dinner, these shortcut Quick Chicken Tacos are the perfect 10 minute meal to satisfy the whole family.

Chicken taco family friendly dinner recipe in an oven tray

When life is ridiculously busy, we all need some cheat recipes to hand. Ideas that keep the pressure off whilst still making sure everyone is fed and happy.

These 10 minute Chicken Tacos use pre-cooked chicken and a ready made sauce. Even though we are cutting some serious corners here, the end dish is still deliciously satisfying.

Are these the best Chicken Tacos you’ll ever eat in your life? Perhaps not. Are they the quickest? Probably!

These can be served hot or cold.

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy my Prawn Tacos, Salmon Tacos or vegetarian Cauliflower Tacos.

You’ll love this recipe because:

✅ Ultra quick and so simple

✅ Packed with veggies

✅ Easy, inexpensive ingredients

Chicken and brace tacos filled with lettuce, sweetcorn and red onion

 FAQs about this Chicken Tacos Recipe

How do you make Chicken Tacos?

There’s no real cooking to speak of with this recipe, apart from perhaps the tortillas. Simply mix cooked chicken in a bowl with barbecue sauce, then either heat that up if you want to, or you can serve them cold.

Toast the wraps, serve the chicken into them and add your extras. That’s honestly it!

Is this an authentic Mexican recipe?

No these are definitely not authentic Mexican tacos. They are fillings packed into a taco wrap, hence the name. If you have more time and are looking for a more authentic Mexican Chicken Tacos meal, you should definitely check out Mexican Please blog.

Can I cook my own chicken if I want?

Yes, you can cook chicken if you’d prefer, or you could even use leftover cooked chicken. You could follow my Oven Baked Chicken Fajita recipe for the meat.

What should I serve with this recipe?

I love to serve this recipe with grated cheese, sour cream or yoghurt, salsa and avocado. But feel free to experiment with your sides or go for your favourites.

How should I heat the tortilla wraps?

I like to toast the wraps (CAREFULLY) over an open gas flame to give them some texture, but you can also warm them in the oven according to the packet instructions.

Oven tray with Chicken Tacos recipe

Fancy more Mexican-inspired recipes?

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this recipe. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ by the recipe. Also, if you’d like to show me a photo by tagging me on Instagram (@tamingtwins) I LOVE to see your creations.

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Quick Chicken Tacos

This is probably the speediest recipe for Chicken Tacos around. Rustle it up on busy evenings in less than 10 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 500 g Cooked chicken, Approx. 2 x 240g packs
  • 100 g Barbecue sauce
  • 8 Small tortilla wraps
  • 340 g Can of sweetcorn, Drained
  • 1/2 Shredded lettuce, I used Iceberg
  • 1 Small red onion, Finely chopped
  • 2 Limes to squeeze over

To serve (optional):

  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream or yoghurt
  • Salsa
  • Avocado


  • Mix the cooked chicken with the barbecue sauce in a bowl. Serve cold or heat according to the pack instructions.
  • Toast the wraps carefully over an open gas flame or put in oven according to pack instructions.
  • Serve with the sweetcorn, lettuce, red onion and limes squeezed over.


Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 40gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 796mgPotassium: 680mgFiber: 6gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 353IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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