This Grilled Chicken With Southwest Flavors is Easy to Make

Grilled Chicken Thighs with a side Salad
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Whether dinner for the family or a gathering with friends, including a dish with Tex-Mex flavors always seems to please everyone at the table. The beauty of this recipe is that it is super quick to make and requires only a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. As an added bonus, this chicken is quite versatile—it can be served as is with a vegetable and rice, cut up to fill tacos, or sliced and placed over a salad.

What You'll Need

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 to 6 boneless chicken breast halves

How to Make It

  1. Combine oil, water, and seasonings in a food storage bag.
  2. Add chicken pieces, seal the bag, and marinate for 2 to 4 hours, turning occasionally to keep the chicken coated. 
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the chicken. Chicken is done when juices run clear when pricked with a fork.

Tips and Variations

This recipe calls for boneless chicken, but feel free to use this marinade with bone-in chicken parts—just adjust the cooking time as needed (chicken on the bone takes longer than boneless and often cooks better over indirect heat).

This recipe makes about 3/4 cup marinade and is perfect for both grilling and broiling chicken. If you wish to use the marinade as a basting sauce, bring it to a full boil in a saucepan on the stovetop before brushing on the chicken. 

Most taco seasoning mixes come in a few different varieties, from the level of spiciness to lower sodium, even one that is made specifically for chicken. Choose the one that appeals to you—no matter which you pick this marinade will be delicious.

Serving Suggestions

Setting up a make-your-own taco bar is not only a fun way to serve dinner but perfect when you're short on time or having guests over. Feel free to double or triple this marinade recipe and use for steak and shrimp or fish in addition to the chicken. Grill everything up and place on a large tray with a variety of toppings including a cabbage slaw, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, roasted peppers and onions, cubed avocado, pico de gallo, and lime-cilantro crema. Of course include soft taco shells, and a side of Spanish rice if you like. 

If you are looking for something a little more streamlined, a Southwest salad is a delicious way to serve this Tex-Mex grilled chicken. Place sliced breasts over a mixture of salad greens tossed with roasted corn, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, and sliced olives. Top with crushed tortilla chips and drizzle with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 906
Total Fat 59 g
Saturated Fat 14 g
Unsaturated Fat 27 g
Cholesterol 279 mg
Sodium 265 mg
Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 88 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)