Easy Green Chile Chicken Tacos

Green Chile Chicken Tacos
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN
Total Time: 35 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Servings: 4 (2 tacos each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

235 calories
8g fat
31g carbs
13g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 (2 tacos each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 235
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 422mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 3g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 13g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 565mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Instead of making the same old tacos this week, why not change things up with delicious and healthy green chile chicken tacos?

This chicken taco recipe is super easy to make. Just boil the chicken in a bit of broth, shred, and add diced green chiles. It's a simple, nutritious meal that the whole family will love. Chicken breast, in particular, is a healthy low-fat protein and boasts benefits for muscle building while reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Corn tortillas are naturally whole grain, so they make a great choice for these tacos. Top with a bit of shredded red cabbage, creamy avocado, and fresh cilantro to make a weeknight meal.


  • 1 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 fresh jalapeno
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (7-ounce) diced green chiles
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 small avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • Fresh cilantro, to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, add chicken, garlic, jalapeno, and broth. Add enough water to cover the chicken. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.

  2. Remove chicken and shred using two forks. Discard garlic and jalapeno, reserving cooking liquid.

  3. In a skillet, add green chiles and shredded chicken. Cook over low heat, stirring until warmed through and sauce is thickened. Add reserved cooking liquid as needed to keep the chicken moist.

  4. Serve chicken in warmed corn tortillas topped with the avocado, cabbage, and cilantro. 

Variations and Substitutions

While this recipe calls for corn tortillas, you can use any type of tortilla that you like. Look for whole-grain options, if possible.

You can also leave out the tortillas and serve the chicken on top of lettuce to make a taco salad or with brown rice and beans to make taco bowls.

Canned green chiles are usually found in the Mexican food aisle at the grocery store. They come in two varieties, spicy and mild. Choose the kind that best suits your taste.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Serve tacos with a side of low-sodium canned black beans for a quick and easy meal.
  • Add any toppings you like, such as your favorite salsa, tomatoes, or a dollop of plain Greek yogurt or sour cream.  

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  1. Marangoni F, Corsello G, Cricelli C, et al. Role of poultry meat in a balanced diet aimed at maintaining health and wellbeing: An Italian consensus document. Food Nutr Res. 2015;59. doi:10.3402/fnr.v59.27606

By Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD, is an intuitive eating registered dietitian with a master's in clinical nutrition.