Barbecue Chicken Tacos

Barbecue Chicken Tacos Recipe -

Can we please discuss how scary it is that it’s already March. How did that happen?! I mean, I know how, but it just doesn’t seem possible. I swear it was only September yesterday. On the bright side, the days are getting longer, the weather is hopefully getting nicer and less snowy and my birthday is less than two weeks away… which could be both good and bad. Anyway…

So I had ice cream for lunch and it was fabulous. I’m thinking I should eat dessert first more often. And you’re probably wondering why I’m bringing that up when here I am throwing chicken tacos in your face. It was my plan all along… I guess both shoving tacos in your face and eating dessert for lunch, because in the end these tacos were my snack. Backwards I know, but it needed to be done during nap time. That seems to be the way of things most days.

I’ve kind of been dreaming about making barbecue chicken tacos for a while and just never got around to making them happen until now. They’re a nice chance of pace from our usual taco night. Nothing against our usual spicy tacos, but something different is always nice. Of course the Mr would never eat these. He hates barbecue like I hate tomatoes, which is okay because it means more barbecue yumminess for me!

Barbecue Chicken Tacos Recipe -

You can dress these up even more than I did. I used what I had on hand. So if you happen to love avocados or red onions, by all means add them! You could even add in jalapeños for a bigger kick. My favorite part about these… the bacon. I know! Bacon in a taco?! What is wrong with me. I couldn’t resist it. Honestly, it was a totally last minute decision. I started thinking about the bacon and barbecue chicken pizza and how perfect the flavors work together. Bacon and barbecue chicken are a magical pair. Trust me. And this is coming from someone who claims to not be a sweet and salty fan.

These tacos have everything going on… sweet, salty and a little spicy! 

Barbecue Chicken Tacos Recipe -

This is an absolute make your own recipe. There aren’t any real quantities, just guidelines for making this. And make this you should!

The weird thing about this recipe… or me… or both is that the chicken is still delicious cold. I was nibbling on leftovers hours later. I love those kinds of recipes. Amazing hot, still great room temp or cold. That way you can have a bite and walk away and keep snacking later. I suppose that’s both bad and good. ;)

Barbecue Chicken Tacos

An easy, make it your own, barbecue chicken taco recipe that is sweet, salty and a little bit spicy.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2


  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1/3 C barbecue sauce
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • 3 strips thick cut bacon
  • soft wraps or hard taco shells corn or flour


  • Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • lettuce chopped
  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • jalapeños
  • corn
  • red onion


  • Trim chicken and pound down to 1/2-inch thickness. Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Sprinkle one side of chicken with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Brush with half of the barbecue sauce. Place seasoned side down in heated pan. Season remaining side of chicken as done previously. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into thin strips.
  • Cook bacon, drain on a paper towel and chop into small pieces.
  • Layer wraps or fill taco shells with desired fillings. Enjoy!


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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17 Responses to “Barbecue Chicken Tacos”

  1. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — March 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

    These tacos sound fantastic..I love all things bbq chicken…and you added bacon! yes please!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I’m so digging these tacos!! Great idea to use barbecue! I heart you!!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I love chicken when it’s cold too! These look good and you can’t go wrong with tacos.

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    Shawnda — March 1, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Those look and sound fabulous!

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    Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds — March 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Bacon, chicken and bbq? Delicious. Now you’ve got me starving for lunch.

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    Tracey — March 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    We haven’t had nearly enough taco nights around here lately and even when we do they’re nowhere near as cool as this! All kinds of deliciousness going on here!

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    Little Kitchie — March 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Tacos are the best! These look absolutely delicious!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Yes, it is very scary that it is already March!! We are kind of obsessed with tacos in this house and my hubs loves BBQ chicken so I must make these!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    drool! these remind me of our PW chicken tacos but these seem way better because of the bbq sauce!!

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — March 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Ooh these look delicious!

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — March 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Oh my, this is scary! Right before I opened your page I was thinking that I wanna have tacos for dinner. And then here I go, chicken tacos!! Love it!

  12. #
    foodwanderings — March 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Sheesh you, it’s way past midnight and I am famished looking at this!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I didn’t comment on this yet? man I’m behind. I love tacos of course. And bacon? Why have I never added bacon to my tacos? Brilliant!

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      Rachel — March 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      bacon makes everything, okay… nearly everything better

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — March 7, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I love it! What a great weeknight meal that’ll satisfy the whole family. And I’m with you in that I keep thinking it’s still 2012! Where’s the time going?

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    Liz — March 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I just made these for dinner; sooo good! I didn’t have bacon on hand but the kids loved them with diced avocado.

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      Rachel — March 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Yay! Glad they enjoyed them :)

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