Blackened Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Blackened chicken tacos with pineapple salsa recipe will make any day feel like a fiesta! Healthy chicken breast is marinated in savory spices and herbs.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: tacos

Calories: 208kcal


Chicken Tacos-

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breastthinly sliced, or pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 8 tortillasflour or corn, 6-inch


  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprikaChiquilin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powderground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepperfreshly ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon oreganodried
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepperground, add more for spicier marinade
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juiceplus zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Pineapple Salsa-

  • 1 cup pineapplediced, ¼ inch
  • 1 cup tomatodiced, ¼ inch
  • 1/4 cup red onionfinely diced
  • 2 teaspoons jalapeñominced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juiceplus zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantrochopped


  • Add chicken to a large resealable plastic bag.
  • Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a bowl, and then pour over chicken in plastic bag. 
  • Coat the chicken evenly with the marinade. Press out as much air as possible and seal.
  • Allow to marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes or up to 1 hour (refrigerate after 1 hour), or marinate refrigerated overnight (1-day max).
  • Stir all salsa ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken to hot pan, cook for 5 minutes without moving.
  • Flip the chicken over, lower the heat to medium and cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink or internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Move chicken to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Heat tortillas in a pan to rewarm.
  • Thinly slice chicken lengthwise into long strips. Fill tortillas with chicken, salsa and any additional topping. Serve with lime wedges if desired.


  • You can grill the chicken over medium heat setting, cooking for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Regular paprika can be substituted for smoked paprika.

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