Grilled Chicken Tacos with Spiced Mayo and Avocado Salsa

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These grilled chicken skewers, folded into tortillas and topped with spiced mayo and avocado salsa, are an interesting option for spicing up the grilling season.  We like to grill the tortillas, too, so they have a tiny bit of crisp to them.  Grill them for only seconds, though, so they are still pliable enough to fold nicely into a taco shell.

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We have already had a busy summer, and it’s not even technically summer yet.  School here ends early… like 3 weeks ago, early.  Growing up in Michigan, we were still going strong at the beginning of June.  Here, people are checking out in early May.  That’s fine with me, though, because then the school schedules line up with Ben’s seminary teaching schedule so we can travel.  And, travel we did!  For two weeks.

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Spiced Mayo and Avocado

It’s good to be back.  I’m exhausted from unpacking, cleaning the house, and just trying to get back to the routine of work.  We all need a vacation from vacation, right?

Before we left for vacation, we tried to use up as much of our food as possible so very little would be wasted.  Grilling was a big deal for us, too, because the weather was perfect.   So I put to use our Weber grilling book once again and made these fresh chicken tacos.

What are you grilling this summer?

Grilled Chicken Soft Tacos with Spiced Mayo and Avocado Salsa

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Grilled chicken skewers with spiced mayo and avocado salsa.

    For the chicken:
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (3-layer stacks)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • For the Avocado Salsa:
  • 2 large avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 flour tortillas

If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water at least 30 minute before starting. If using metal skewers, skip this step.

Preheat grill to medium heat, about 350 to 450 degrees F.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lime zest, 1/4 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Place the chicken pieces into the bowl and toss to combine until evenly coated with the seasonings. Thread the chicken and onion onto skewers.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin. Stir in water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture reaches a consistency where it can be drizzled.

In another bowl, toss together the salsa ingredients and season with salt to taste.

Brush the skewers with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill directly over the heat, covered, for about 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grill the tortillas for 1 to 2 minutes to warm, turning once. Slide the chicken and onions off the skewers onto a large platter, and let everyone assemble their own tacos with the mayo and salsa.

Recipe Source: Weber's New Real Grilling



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  1. These tacos are right up my alley! We like to grill the basic brats and burgers. Sometimes we grill ears of corn! It’s so so good.

  2. Grilling is something we look forward to even before summer is here. Once the days just begin to warm and the sun becomes so inviting, my family can’t wait to get out doors to start grilling, anything!
    Making tacos from the grill, puts smiles on our faces here at home in sunny California.
    Nikki, thanks for another wonderful recipe. I made the Mexican Street Corn on Saturday and they were a hit, too! We had plenty of red and green salsas, along with potato salad and rice and beans. Oh and I made the Oreo Chocolate and peanut butter dessert to top off the whole meal! Nothing bring family together better the a great meal, from kitchen or grill!

  3. I am all about tacos now. You can switch them up in so many different ways.These grilled chicken ones are different than anything we have tried to date. Adding them to the list.

  4. These look fabulous!! And I love that you grilled the tortillas too!

  5. These look so good, Nikki! I’ve been super into creamy sauces lately and these look like the perfect vehicle for creamy mayo & avocados! Mmm.

  6. Chari vanwagoner says:

    What Nikki !?!?! I’m looking at Pinterest… Thought this recipe looked good…pinned it. Noticed where it came from !! My cute little neighbor girl from Belding , Mi….sweet as any girl could be .! I’m so proud of you Nikki and I’m going to make these chicken tacos and think of you !! I love you, you beautiful girl !

  7. These were delicious! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  8. Husband and I loved these! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow, these were so good. My 8 year old and 3 year old gobbled them up too.

  10. Recipe looks great, cannot wait to try! Question, what type of hot sauce? I was assuming hot taco sauce, but wanted to sure. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I will make these for family & friends.I have friends who can’t do dairy, but can do mayo. Great.

  12. I’m confused about the “drizzle”. Do you put it on the chicken while you are grilling? After grilling? Getting ready to try this out on family………

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Hi Gina,
      Let everyone “drizzle” their own spiced mayo onto their assembled taco. Hope this helps!

  13. These are literally the greatest things I’ve ever eaten. Straight up. The lime has no boundaries though so I tend to go all in with it. It brings out the freshness of the taco for sure. Definitely have everyone trying these now!

  14. Soooo good! Am trying to eat healthy and do low carbs and I eliminated the tortillas and put chicken salsa and sauce over lettuce. Many it for my family who is not dieting and they loved it more than most of the heavier stuff I make. Def a keeper!

  15. Lovely recipe. with finer touches and use of Avocados

  16. I don’t have a BBQ or grill, so I am trying the chicken baked in the oven. I hope it turns out!

  17. I’ve made these several times they are absolutely delicious!

  18. Lovely. amazing recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I love to grill, but with the upcoming winter temperatures, I was wondering if anyone has had success achieving the grill flavor from either the oven or stovetop. I know nothing will ever come be as good as on the grill for that, but I am hoping to make these year round.


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