These mojito chicken tacos are a fresh, healthy option for celebrating Cinco de Mayo – guilt-free! Protein-packed chicken breasts are covered with a mojito marinade consisting of (as I’m sure you’ve guessed) lime, mint, and rum, as well as some olive oil, garlic and spices. Simply grill (my preference) or bake the chicken, and then layer up your tacos! While I originally intended this chicken to go in tacos, the next night we used the leftovers in quesadillas and they were the bomb! I’m just sad I didn’t get a good picture to share with you. It would also be great on top of a salad if you’re really looking to lighten up your summer meals. So whether you go the taco route or get your cheesy quesadilla on, this chicken recipe deserves a spot on your dinner table soon!
While these mojito chicken tacos are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, they’re also somewhat of a mother’s day tribute. Growing up, my mom LOVED taco night – in fact we probably didn’t go more than two weeks without tacos for dinner. I, on the other hand, was not a fan of this tradition. Yes, I liked getting to choose my ingredients and the taco meat my mom made was always super flavorful, but eating the hard shell tacos was always so stressful. I’m sure you’ve been there too: you carefully construct your taco layers, with ground turkey or beef at the bottom and layers of cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and guac on top. You sit down and take you first bite. The shell cracks, all your fillings start falling out, and the meal goes from a fun food to eat with your hands to a confusing half hands half needing a fork meal. At least in my experience. That is until I discovered soft tacos.
This recipe keeps my taco-anxiety at bay as the soft tortilla keeps the chicken perfectly layered between the guac, salsa, cheese, and pineapple. No need for a fork here (unless you over-stuff your taco like Bry 😉 ).
The mojito part also has to do with my mom as she and I are always on the lookout for places that make a truly good mojito – for such a simple drink it’s incredibly difficult to get one made just right. While these tacos do contain rum, feel free to leave it out. While the rum is optional, the mint and lime are not! And just like the drink, it’s important to get the balance of the two just right for this marinade. So while I’ll share with you how much I used, make sure to taste your marinade before adding it to the chicken to make sure you get the lime and mint flavors to your liking.
So here’s a toast to having mojitos with everything 😉
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