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Traeger Chicken Tacos

This simple Traeger Chicken Tacos recipe is a versatile and perfect for meal prep! This recipe not only offers incredible flavors but also flexibility for your weekly meal planning. With chicken breast as the star, cooked to perfection on your Traeger grill, these tacos bring a crispy, smoky flavor that’s hard to resist. Whether it’s for a quick dinner, a hearty lunch, or a gathering with friends, these chicken tacos are sure to be a hit.

Traeger Chicken Tacos

Traeger Chicken Tacos are all about bringing a smoky touch to this classic taco recipe. By cooking chicken breasts seasoned with a your favorite Mexican rub and then combining it with salsa verde, cheddar cheese, and a few other simple ingredients, you’ll get a meal that’s not only satisfying but also packed with flavor. The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity and the smoky depth added by using a Traeger grill, enhancing the overall taste and experience.

The process begins with thoroughly seasoning the chicken breasts with a Mexican rub, ensuring every bite is flavorful. After grilling, the chicken is sautéed with salsa verde, introducing a flavorful and slightly spicy element that complements the grilled chicken beautifully. Assembled in crunchy taco shells with melted cheddar cheese, these tacos strike the perfect balance between texture and taste.

One of the best parts about this recipe is its adaptability. Whether you’re looking to make Chicken Burrito Bowls, Taco Salads, or enjoy them as is, the base of grilled chicken is versatile enough to fit any meal. Plus, if you cook in bulk over the weekend, you have a delicious protein ready to go, making weeknight dinners or work lunches a snap.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Versatile Meal Planning: Perfect for making ahead and enjoying throughout the week.
  • Smoky Flavor: The Traeger grill adds a unique, smoky flavor that we can’t get enough of!
  • Customizable: Easily adjust toppings and sides to cater to all taste preferences.
  • Family-Friendly: A hit with both adults and kids, making dinner time a joy.

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Traeger Chicken Tacos

Traeger Chicken Tacos shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Mexican Rub
  • Salsa Verde
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Hot Sauce
  • Cilantro

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Traeger Chicken Tacos

How to make Grilled Chicken Tacos

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Preheat
    Preheat your grill to 350°F and season chicken breasts with Mexican rub.
  • Grill
    Grill chicken for 6 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Sauté
    Let the chicken rest, then chop into bite-sized pieces and sauté with salsa verde.
  • Assemble
    Assemble tacos with cheese, chicken, more cheese, and bake until the cheese melts and shells are warm.
  • Garnish
    Garnish with sour cream, hot sauce, and cilantro before serving.

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Grilled Crispy Chicken Tacos FAQ

Can I use a different type of taco shell?

Absolutely! Feel free to use soft tortillas or any other type of shell you prefer for a different texture.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

You can pre-cook the chicken breasts and keep them in the fridge before you’re ready to eat. Then, proceed with the quick sauté in the fry pan with the verde salsa to reheat, right before serving. You can also put the chicken and salsa in a microwave-safe container to make this for lunch. It goes great on top of a taco salad, or in a soft shell tortilla. I would not pre-assemble the tacos for later. The hard shells won’t hold up to a reheat.

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Serve this with…

  • Mexican Rice: A side of Mexican rice is perfect next to these tacos!
  • Spanish Rice: A little more kick than the Mexican Rice above.
  • Guacamole: Add a dollop of guacamole for a creamy, rich texture and a boost of flavor.
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Traeger Chicken Tacos

These simple grilled chicken tacos are perfect for meal prepping or making ahead of time! You can use chicken breast or a whole grilled chicken.
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Course: Traeger Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Or Whatever You Do


  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons Mexican rub suggestions below
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 18 hard taco shells
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 6 tablespoons cilantro


  • Preheat your grill to 350°F.
  • Season the chicken breasts with your Mexican rub on both sides.
  • Place onto the grill and cook for 6 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Remove from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into small bite-sized pieces and place into a skillet with the salsa verde. Sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Place the tortillas into a cake pan upright. Place half the cheese into the bottom of the tortillas. Top with the chicken and the rest of the cheese.
  • Place the pan into the Traeger or oven (or you can use an air fryer and skip the pan) and let cook just until the cheese is melted and the shells are warm.
  • Top with the sour cream, hot sauce, and cilantro.
  • Serve hot.


Serving: 1gCalories: 582kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 49gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 709mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3g
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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