Denise's Light Chicken Tacos

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"Came up with this one to please my husband, he loves these tacos. It's sometimes hard to come up with dishes that are high in flavor and low in fat, this one has both. If you don't care to use fat free refried beans, use the vegetarian. These are very low in fat, but delicious. These can also be heart healthy by using your own homemade taco seasoning. Use about 2 tablespoons or to taste."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (289 g)
  • Calories 597.7
  • Total Fat - 9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2 g
  • Cholesterol - 231.3 mg
  • Sodium - 115.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 87.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 13.2 g
  • Sugars - 0.7 g
  • Protein - 48.1 g
  • Calcium - 56.5 mg
  • Iron - 6.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.7 mg

Step 1

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. When olive oil is hot, add diced chicken and saute until browned. You want a good sear on it for lots of flavor. When browned, add taco seasoning and reduce amount of water the instructions call for, I use about 1/2 cup. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Step 2

Wrap the flour tortillas in a paper towel and warm in the microwave for approximately 2 minutes.

Step 3

To assemble - spread a layer of refried beans on the tortilla, followed by diced chicken, salsa, shredded lettuce, onion and a dusting of cilantro. Finish with a squeeze of lime.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Very tasty tacos...I added in a chopped jalapeno with the searing of the chicken...made for "Alphabet" tag game...

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(22 Mar 2020)

Domestic Goddess

Denise, my hubby and I really enjoyed these tacos. It was a nice change from the beef tacos we usually have. With one of the tacos, I subbed a black bean & corn salsa for regular the salsa, which also tasted good. We also topped our tacos with shredded colby-jack cheese and a bit of sour cream. For one of the tacos, we both added freshly squeezed lime juice, but didn't notice it made a difference in the taste of the tacos. One of the ingredients we did not add, was the cilantro, as we didn't have any, and I'm still not sure if we'd like it in the tacos. These tacos are something I look forward to making again. Thanks Denise, for sharing your recipe. This one's a keeper!!

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(6 May 2012)

Derf "RIP" Forever in our Kitchen

Don says deeelicious !! i used turkey sausage because that's what i had in, also had to leave out the sour cream, i believe what makes it really special is the lime, adds so much to them. also added a bit of grated cheddar to finish them off. thanks for posting , will be making them again!!

(24 Apr 2012)