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chicken tacos

Chicken Tacos with Sriracha Aioli

  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 12-14 tacos 1x
  • Category: entrée
  • Cuisine: Southwestern


A unique chicken taco made with fresh ingredients and a flavor boost of Sriracha


  • 1 whole chicken, cut up
  • 1 C chopped cilantro
  • 1 C salt
  • 12-15 corn tortillas
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 limes
  • 2 TBSP chopped garlic
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 green onion
  • 1/2 C shredded carrots
  • 2 Cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 C shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 C mayo
  • 2 TBSP Sriracha sauce


  1. Start by brining the chicken. This should be done at least 6 hours before grilling.
  2. Place cut up chicken in a large stock pot covered with water at least 3 inches over top of chicken.
  3. Add salt, and lemon juice along with zest of the lemon.
  4. Store in refrigerator 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove chicken from water and discard water.
  6. Pre-heat grill to high.
  7. With paper towels, dry off chicken and rub chicken with olive oil.
  8. Place chicken pieces on grill and "char" chicken, turning as to not burn chicken (about 10 minutes)
  9. Lower temp to medium and cook chicken till juices run clear when pierced with fork (about 45 minutes)
  10. Remove from grill and allow to cool to the touch.
  11. With your hands, remove all skin and set aside. Pull all chicken from bones and place in large bowl.
  12. Take charred skin and dice finely and add to chicken (optional, but adds great flavor).
  13. Add cilantro, juice of two limes, garlic, cumin to chicken and mix to combine.
  14. Set aside and prepare lettuce slaw by adding lettuce, carrots, diced green onions,and juice of 1 lime. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  15. To prepare Sriracha Aioli: simply combine mayo, sirachia and 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  16. To assemble taco: place corn tortillas on hot grill for 20-30 seconds.
  17. Add chicken mixture, lettuce mixture, and sirachia mayo to tortillas and top with shredded cheese and tomatoes.
  18. Serve with a great pineapple jalapeño margarita