Blackened chicken tacos with pineapple salsa recipe will make any day feel like a fiesta! Healthy chicken breast is marinated in savory spices and herbs.
Are you ready for the tastiest day of the week? It’s almost Taco Tuesday, my friend! I want to make sure that you’re all set with a game plan. It would be a shame not to partake in the celebration of delicious tacos.
It’s hard to resist mini handheld meals loaded with savory, crunchy and most of the time spicy fillings. I’m going to show you a quick, flavorful marinade for some addicting blackened chicken tacos. PLUS, every good taco requires a refreshing topping to spice things up. I’ve got the freshest sweet pineapple salsa recipe to pile on.
Let’s get going before they disappear, and you don’t get one, two and most likely three tacos!
Infusing tons of flavor into a juicy piece of chicken is simple! I do this with a dry spice blend. In my cabinet, I always have paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, and oregano. These are the base flavors of the blackened spice, plus a little bit of fresh lime juice, honey, and olive oil. The mixture gets rubbed all over the chicken, 20 minutes to check what’s happening on social media and you’re ready to fry.
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Check out the layer of gorgeous red-hued spices encrusted on each slice of chicken. Yep, it tastes as good as it looks. If you’re a meal-prep-pro, cook a few extra pieces for new meals the next day. I added this chicken to my kale caesar salad, and it was fantastic!
Fruit salsas are my jam!
I like to do equal parts of fruit to diced tomato, then add enough lime to coat mixture and some fresh diced jalapeño for heat and cilantro for earthiness. That’s it!
I make this fruit salsa while the chicken is marinating and then break out some crunchy chips to snack on. I’ve been obsessed with plantain chips since our vacation in the Dominican Republic. It’s also a way to entice Jason and James into the kitchen so we can catch up on the day.
I thinly sliced the chicken lengthwise because it’s cuts it across the grain, ensuring each bite is super tender instead of stringy and chewy. It is also the perfect length to fit inside a 6-inch round tortilla.
This means nothing falls out, or leaves a big mess, just blackened chicken in each bite. If you haven’t already eaten all of the pineapple salsa with the chips, make sure to top generously on each taco.
Whoever invented Taco Tuesday is a genius! We switch up the flavor each week at our home with some Baja mahi-mahi fish tacos or beer battered shrimp tacos. Although, these blackened chicken tacos are happily going in the weekly rotation! What are your favorite taco fillings?
What are the benefits of Marinating Chicken?
Marinating chicken can help infuse flavor and juiciness. A marinade can be a mixture of ingredients such as water, fat, acid, salt, sweetener, spices and herbs. Once the marinating time is complete, the water soluble compounds like salt, water, garlic and onion flavors have entered the center of the meat, while insoluble compounds like spices, oil, and herbs stay on the surface. The oil helps to dissolve the seasoning and allows them to stick on the surface when cooking so you get a flavor hit with each bite. The acid from the lime juice will help weaken the muscle tissue on the surface to help tenderize. However if left too long, the meat can become mushy so keep to the recommended time.