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If you are a fan of tacos, you will love this Shredded BBQ Chicken Tacos recipe. It’s flavorful, easy, kid friendly and very filling. It can be prepared in less the 30 minutes.
Shredded BBQ Chicken Tacos

HOW TO MAKE THE SHREDDED BBQ CHICKEN TACOS:

For this recipe I used 2 large chicken breasts. When you shred them it makes a lot of tacos. We are only 4 at home but it’s plenty to have multiple rounds for adults. If the chicken breasts you are using are a bit smaller, you can always add 1-2 more. I have younger kids so they never go for seconds. But if you have older teenagers or kids that more than one round, I recommend adding an extra chicken breasts or two. Just make sure you add more of the ingredients listed. You can always double up the ingredients using the 2x button on my recipe card.

Shredded BBQ Chicken TacosPREPARING THE SHREDDED BBQ CHICKEN TACOS:

I marinated the chicken breasts with some salt, pepper, paprika, onion and garlic powder. I used an instant pot to sear them up for a little with some vegetable oil. Then I added the water, salt, Worcestershire and BBQ sauce. I love using Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce. You can use any other brand, as long as you use a sweet BBQ option for this recipe. Cook the chicken on high pressure for 15 minute and then release the heat. Open and shred the chicken up to serve with the tacos. I love pairing this recipe with some sort of salsa recipe. You can do Pica De Gallo, some fresh avocado and mango salsa or what I used in this photo which is a pineapple salsa recipe. I have listed the ingredients for it on the recipe card.

Shredded BBQ Chicken Tacos
Enjoy this easy Shredded BBQ Chicken Tacos  at any time, and make it your one of your favorite Taco Tuesday recipes. The more recipes you have on Taco Tuesdays, the happier the family will be. Try It, Enjoy it, and Rate it! Xoxo…

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Shredded BBQ Chicken Tacos

This Shredded BBQ Chicken Tacos taco recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, which makes it a great recipe for busy families!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 2 large chicken breasts, 2 lbs.
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsps. paprika
  • 2 tsps. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Honey BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 6 medium tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage, optional

PINAPPLE SALSA (OPTIONAL):

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, petite diced
  • 2 tbsps. purple onion, petite diced
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime or 2 tsps. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions 

  • Marinate the chicken breasts with 1/2 of the salt, black pepper, paprika, onion and garlic powder.
  • Heat the oil in the instant pot and pan sear the chicken for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Add the water, rest of the salt, Worchester and BBQ sauce.
  • Cook the chicken on high pressure for 15 minute and then release the heat. Open and shred the chicken up to serve with the tacos.

Notes

  1. I love using Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ Sauce for this recipe. You can use any other brand, as long as you use a sweet BBQ one.
  2. For this recipe I used 2 large chicken breasts. When you shred them it makes a lot of tacos. We are only 4 at home but it's plenty to have multiple rounds for adults. If the chicken breasts you are using are a bit smaller, you can always add 1-2 more.
  3. Warm your tortillas in the oven or microwave before filling them. This helps them to become more soft and pliable and they are easier to hold.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1095mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1222IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. I’ve made a tad bit different version of BBQ chicken tacos a few months back and fell in food love. I’m making some for dinner tonight…yum.
    Our favorite toppings for these are shredded mozzarella cheese, diced onion, avocado slices, Pico de gallo, corn niblets, and depending on your palate, a light squeeze of lime and cilantro.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND avoiding store bought premade shells for any taco. Making your own only takes minutes and add amazing flavor. Super easy too.
    I use soft white corn tortillas, heat about one and a half inches of oil in a skillet on medium to medium high (avoid high) heat. Using tongs or carefully using your hands (I prefer my hands for control), dip and hold 1/2 a tortilla into the oil for a about 10 seconds (this keeps them pliable so they easily fold without tearing. Then gently place remainder of tortilla into oil folding into half (taco shell shape).. Using a fork or tongs turn shell over and allow to fry for approximately 5-10 more seconds. Remove and drain on paper towels or newspaper. These homemade shells are both soft and a little crunchy. My family and friends LOVE them but unlike you guys, I’ve never shared with them how I make them. Try it and let me know what you think. Yummmmmmmy