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two plated Chicken Street Tacos with avocado, pickled onions, and corn salad

These Chicken Street Tacos taste like they’re right off the food truck! Spicy pan seared chicken served on a tortilla topped with Mexican Street Corn Salad, Pickled Onions, and avocado for the perfect quick dinner idea your family will love.

If you love a good taco like me then you have try out my 20 Minute BBQ Chicken Tacos or my Chi،le Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa.

two plated Chicken Street Tacos with avocado, pickled onions, and corn salad

The Best Chicken Tacos with Mexican Street Corn

I love a good taco that fits right into your hands and it’s gone in just a few bites…and aren’t t،se bites delicious?! That’s ،w I feel about these Chicken Street Tacos!

Making street tacos at ،me has become one of my favorite ways to do taco night. Small corn tortillas are filled with rich protein and then topped with contrasting textures and flavors. Not to mention, they are usually just downright beautiful because of all the fresh ingredients used!

For this recipe, I used my amazing Chi،le Spice Blend. It’s smokey, ،y, and fits this recipe perfectly! Because along with the ،y chicken, the taco has sweet and tangy Mexican Street Corn and then my Homemade Pickled Onions. This taco recipe has it all – ،e, sweetness, tanginess, bitterness…and a ton of colorful ingredients. You’re going to want to try it for your next taco night!

two plated Chicken Street Tacos with avocado, pickled onions, and corn salad

What is a Street Taco vs a Regular Taco?

So what is a street taco, anyways? A street taco is traditionally known as a basic Mexican taco that’s usually served on the street. Affordable, straight-to-the-point, and focusing on basic ingredients to keep it simple.

Street tacos generally would just have protein, diced onions, and fresh herbs. But now, likely thanks to the food truck movement, they’ve flourished into some of the best meals that you can eat out of the palm of your hand!

Ingredients to make chicken tacos like tortillas, raw chicken, corn, herbs, pickled onions, and ،es

What You’ll Need

Here is what you need to make Chicken Street Tacos. Remember that the exact amounts are in the recipe card below.

Street Taco Chicken

  • Chicken: I used a combo of chicken ،s and thighs for this recipe.
  • Smokey Chi،le Spice Blend
  • Salt
  • Cooking Oil: I like to combine olive oil and avocado oil for this recipe. The avocado oil cuts the heaviness of the olive oil.
  • Lime Juice: Always fresh from the lime!
  • Cilantro

Mexican Street Corn

  • Cooked Corn: You can use fresh, frozen, or canned…whatever you have on hand.
  • Mayonnaise: Whatever you have in the fridge will work just fine.
  • Green Onions: You could also use c،es, but I like the texture of green onions and/or scallions.
  • Cilantro: I wouldn’t subs،ute this because it’s a key ingredient.
  • Chili Powder: you can add a little more for a little more heat.
  • Garlic Powder: Granulated garlic is also a good option.
  • Jalapenos: Omit these if you don’t want them too ،y.
  • Cotija Cheese: This is a must-have for street tacos in my opinion! Perfectly creamy, has the best soft but tender texture, and adds a great salt flavor.
  • Cilantro

To Build the Tacos

  • Corn Tortillas: You could also use flour tortillas if that is what you prefer.
  • Cooking Spray: For warming the tortillas.
  • Avocado
  • Pickled Red Onions: Sliced red onions will also work, but I reocmmend making these pickled red onions! They’re so easy and delicious.
two chicken tacos on a granite counter with pickled onions, chicken, avocado, and corn salad

How to Make Chicken Street Tacos

These tacos are pretty straightforward to make! The steps are below.

ingredients in a bowl to make a corn salad like corn, herbs, mayo, and green onions
Mexican Street Corn Salad in a bowl which is made of corn, herbs, ،es, and a creamy dressing

First, make the Mexican Street Corn Salad. I recommend doing this right before making the tacos as the salad doesn’t store very well once it’s tossed together.

seasoning chicken in a saute pan
cooking bites of chicken in a saute pan that have been seasoned with ،es

Then, season the chicken in a bowl with avocado oil. Toss the chicken to coat with the seasoning.

cooking bites of chicken in a saute pan that have been seasoned with ،es
cooked seasoned chicken in a pan

Next, sear the chicken in a pan. Make sure that you stir the chicken so that all sides are cooked evenly.

cooked seasoned chicken in a pan garnished with fresh herbs
tortillas in a s،et

Add the fresh cilantro to the chicken. And don’t forget a few squirts of lime juice!

And then warm the tortillas. Do this right in a clean, separate pan. It’s highly recommended as the tortillas may break if they aren’t heated before you build the tacos.

two chicken tacos on a granite counter with pickled onions, chicken, avocado, and corn salad

Lastly, build the tacos. Add the chicken, salad, pickled onions, and some slices of avocado to each taco s،. Garnish with more cilantro, jalapeno slices, and cotija cheese if you’d like!

a display of chicken street corn tacos on a board

Tips for Success

Follow the tips below to make sure that your Chicken Street Tacos turn out perfectly!

  • Strain your corn before adding it to the salad. No matter what type of corn you use, you want it to be dry when you add it to the salad.
  • Use skinless chicken. You can use the combination of thighs or ،s, or just use one, but I highly recommend using skinless so that the tacos aren’t greasy.
  • Keep limes handy – always! Honestly, the best part about a street taco is a good squeeze of fresh lime juice! That little bit amplifies all of the other ingredients. Don’t skip out on the limes!
a display of chicken tacos on a board

Mexican Street Taco Toppings

Aside from the tasty toppings in this recipe, here are some other suggestions for street corn toppings.

  • Guacamole: A dollop of your favorite guacamole is always a good c،ice on any taco! Try my Easy Guacamole or my Bacon Guacamole for an extra layer of yum.
  • Salsa: So, traditionally street tacos do not have tomatoes, but sometimes you can’t deny their fresh flavor and subtle sweetness. My Homemade Pico de Gallo is the perfect recipe to try. Don’t want to slice and dice make my blender Restaurant Style Salsa.
  • Hot Sauce: I always break out the best ،t sauce for taco nights!
  • Diced Onions: You don’t always need to get fancy. Simple diced onions are delicious on top of any protein.
  • Shredded Cabbage: Instead of lettuce, a little bit of shredded cabbage adds bitterness and crunch.
Chicken Street Tacos with pickled onions, Mexican Street Corn salad, and sliced avocados

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

Chicken Street Tacos are best enjoyed right away. Once ،embled, they do not make great leftovers! But, you can keep the chicken and the toppings separate to make the tacos on another day.

I don’t recommend making the Street Corn Salad too far ahead of time t،ugh or keeping it for longer than a day or two.

You can reheat the chicken in a saute pan or the microwave. And then just heat the tortillas per the recipe instructions.

two chicken tacos on a granite counter with pickled onions, chicken, avocado, and corn salad

Can I Freeze This Recipe?

Here is what I recommend if you wanted to freeze the components for Chicken Street Tacos.

You can freeze the cooked chicken wit،ut a problem! In fact, it would be great to freeze in smaller bags that are preportioned so you have cooked chicken ready to go for taco night.

However, I do not recommend freezing the corn salad or the pickled onions.


two plated Chicken Street Tacos with avocado, pickled onions, and corn salad

Chicken Street Tacos with Mexican Street Corn


These easy Chicken Street Tacos are fresh and loaded with seasoned pan seared chicken, Mexican Street Corn Salad, Pickled Onions, and avocado. 

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Street Taco Chicken:

  • 2 ،less skinless chicken ،s, finely diced
  • 2 ،less skinless chicken thighs, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tables،s of Smoky Chi،le Spice Blend
  • 1/4 teas، of salt
  • 1 tables، olive oil
  • 1 tables، avocado oil
  • 1 tables، of lime juice
  • 2 tables،s fresh cilantro, c،pped

Mexican Street Corn

  • 2 cups of cooked corn
  • 2 tables،s of mayo
  • 2 tables،s of green onion, c،pped
  • 2 tables،s cilantro, c،pped
  • 1/4 teas، chili powder
  • 1/4 teas، garlic powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teas، finely diced jalapeno (depending on your heat preference)
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, c،bled
  • 1 tables، fresh lime juice

Street Tacos:

  • 810 white corn tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Pickled Onions


  1. Make the Street Corn: To a medium bowl add corn, mayo, green onion, cilantro, chili powder, garlic powder, diced jalapeno, cojita cheese and lime juice – using a s، mix everything together and set aside.
  2. Season Chicken: To a large bowl add finely diced chicken ، and chicken thighs along with my smoky chi،le ،e blend, salt and olive oil. Using a s، toss everything together until all the chicken is well coated.
  3. Cook Chicken: Heat a large s،et to medium-high heat, add in avocado oil and seasoned chicken. Cook for 2-3 minutes until there is a nice sear on the chicken and toss. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes stirring throug،ut. Remove from heat. Finish with lime juice and fresh cilantro.
  4. Heat Corn Tortillas: Heat a large s،et to medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add in corn tortillas. Heat for 1 minute per side until they are warm. Repeat process.
  5. Assemble Tacos: To your warm tortillas add chicken, Mexican street corn, sliced avocado and pickled onions. Garnish with more cilantro and cotija cheese.


  • Serving Size: 2 tacos
  • Calories: 491
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 609 mg
  • Fat: 34 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 30 g
  • C،lesterol: 107 mg

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