One of the many amazing things about Mexican cuisine is that it can transform even the simplest of staple ingredients, such as chicken, into mouth-watering and unforgettable dishes.
If you’re looking for Mexican chicken recipes that will have everyone at your table reaching for seconds, you’re in the right place.
Today, we’re going to be sharing the 15 best Mexican chicken recipes that you will adore!
A chicken and rice dish might sound very simple, but that’s part of the beauty of this Mexican chicken dish.
The bone-in chicken thighs are marinated in an oil and spice mix and seared to lock in the flavor.
Meanwhile, the rice is sautéed with beans and other vegetables, such as carrots, sweetcorn, tomatoes, and zucchini, making for a healthy, balanced, and delicious meal.
You can serve this dish with guacamole, salsa, flour tortillas, or taco seasoning. Garnish with lime and fresh cilantro for an extra pop of flavor.
Another simple yet sumptuous way to prepare chicken Mexican-style is to follow this recipe for Cilantro-Lime Chicken.
The only ingredients you will need are skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, extra-virgin olive oil, chopped cilantro, cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic, black pepper, kosher salt, and white rice.
All you need to do is combine all the ingredients, minus the rice and chicken, in a bowl using a whisk. You’ll then marinade the chicken in the mixture before searing and serving with the rice.
The recipe for Mexican Pulled Chicken (or shredded chicken) is the perfect side dish or wrap filling when you’re in the mood for Mexican food. You can even add this pulled chicken to soup!
You will need skinless and boneless chicken thighs for this recipe, as well as olive oil, ground coriander, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt, lime zest, and lime juice.
Optionally, you can also use fresh cilantro and lime wedges as a garnish.
We love how the powerful spice flavors contrast with the fresh tang of the garlic and lime, and the coriander helps to bring it all together.
Chicken enchiladas are a staple of classic Mexican food. This particular recipe is one of our favorites because while it’s delicious as it is, it’s also easily customizable with your favorite toppings, and you could even change up the filling for a different protein if you make this dish a lot.
In addition to the skinless, boneless chicken breasts, you will need some avocado oil, green chilies, white onion, black beans, enchilada sauce, black pepper, and flour tortillas for the enchiladas themselves.
When it comes to the toppings, you can get as creative as you like, but the recipe recommends sour cream, cotija cheese, red onions, avocado, and cilantro.
This Mexican chicken soup is warming and comforting, but also provides a complex and powerful taste experience.
The great thing about this soup is that you don’t even need to go out and buy lots of fresh ingredients. If you have leftover chicken in your refrigerator, this should be your go-to recipe!
Alongside the chicken, you’ll be working with chicken broth, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, crushed tomatoes, ground cumin, coriander seed, jalapeño pepper, fresh cilantro, olive oil, and salt and pepper to season.
All of these flavors combine to create the perfect balance of heat and freshness.
These baked chicken chimichangas are absolutely delicious and take just 20 minutes to prepare.
Added to 20 minutes of cooking time, this means that you can have these incredible Mexican delicacies ready in just 40 minutes!
And you don’t need lots of ingredients, either. In fact, all you need is some cooked chicken breast, picante sauce, ground cumin, green onions, sour cream, butter, flour tortillas, and dried oregano.
While the recipe calls for reduced-fat cheddar cheese, you can use full-fat cheddar if you prefer.
The sour cream is optional, but we think it complements the flavor of the chimichangas perfectly.
You should definitely try making this slow-cooker chicken enchilada dip if you like to cook Mexican food regularly.
It’s a bit of a time commitment, taking 1 hour and 20 minutes to make, but since a lot of this is slow-cooking, it’s also fairly low-effort, and it’s the perfect accompaniment to so many Mexican dishes.
All you need is a shredded rotisserie chicken, pepper jack, enchilada sauce, cream cheese, a jalapeño pepper, taco seasoning, and some tortilla chips to serve with your dip.
The burrito is a classic staple of Mexican cuisine, and this recipe for chicken burritos is one of our favorite variations of this beloved dish.
You can prepare these chicken burritos and have them cooked within 30 minutes.
The filling consists of chicken breast, chili powder, smoked paprika, pepper, salt, oregano, olive oil, onion, garlic, refried beans, bell pepper, and cumin.
You’ll also need some water to combine the ingredients into a sauce, as well as some flour tortillas, cheddar cheese, corn, and Mexican rice.
If you’ve never tried a crunchwrap before, then this buffalo chicken crunchwrap recipe will be the perfect introduction.
Even if you’re a fan of crunchwraps already, we think you’ll be blown away by this recipe.
This crunchwrap is made from flour tortillas filled with a mixture of shredded chicken, butter, blue cheese, hot sauce, chives, celery, white cheddar, romaine lettuce, vegetable oil, salt, and pepper.
If you’re a fan of mild spice, these chicken-stuffed cubanelle peppers will make the perfect side dish or main.
You can use mild banana peppers instead of cubanelle peppers, depending on your preference.
The only other ingredients needed are 2 eggs, some shredded chicken breast, a cup of salsa, long grain rice, meatless pasta sauce, and breadcrumbs.
Although these cubanelle peppers will take an hour to bake, they only take 20 minutes to prepare.
Quesadillas are another traditional Mexican dish, and while they can be made with so many different fillings, these chicken quesadillas are among our favorites.
The quesadillas are based around flour tortillas, and filled with a combination of chicken breast, melted cheese, jalapeño peppers, bell peppers, diced onion, garlic, taco seasoning, and oil.
Prep time for these delicious quesadillas is just 5 minutes, and since they take only 15 minutes to cook, you can have an easy and tasty Mexican meal in just 20 minutes!
Another Mexican dish that comes in many different variations is the taco, but if you’re going to try out any taco recipe, we recommend these fantastic Tequila-Lime Chicken Tacos.
The total time to make these tacos is 45 minutes, and 30 minutes of this is cooking time, meaning they only take a quarter of an hour to prepare.
You will, of course, need tequila and lime juice. The other necessary ingredients are boneless chicken breasts, avocado, cotija cheese, jalapeños, garlic, vegetable oil, red cabbage, and corn tortillas.
You’ll also need salt and pepper for seasoning, and lime wedges for serving.
13. Chicken Tamales
This is our favorite recipe for chicken tamales. You’ll need 2 and a half hours for prep and soaking, and cooking takes 45 minutes, so this isn’t a quick recipe to follow, but it makes a total of 20 tamales, and it’s absolutely worth it for the taste experience.
The dough is made from masa harina and shortening, while the filling consists of all-purpose flour, canola oil, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olives.
The other ingredients are broiler chicken, corn husks, garlic clove, salt, and onion.
This Santa Fe skillet chicken is super easy to make in just 30 minutes, so if you’re looking for a quick and low-effort Mexican recipe that’s also balanced and nutritious, this is it!
The best kind of chicken to use for this recipe is boneless chicken breast.
The flavor comes from a combination of cayenne pepper, taco seasoning, garlic, red onion, and cheddar. In addition to the chicken, this recipe gets its protein from black beans.
15. Chicken Mole
Chicken mole is an authentic Mexican dish, and while it involves a slow cooking process of around 7 hours, the preparation is fairly easy.
Most of this recipe involves making the sauce for the bone-in chicken thighs.
That sauce is based around whole tomatoes, but it also features ancho chilies, bittersweet chocolate, onion, almonds, raisins, ground cumin, and cinnamon, among other ingredients.
These ingredients combined create an interesting taste experience that you’ll want to try again and again!
If you want to try out different Mexican recipes featuring chicken as the main ingredient, there is no shortage of delicious options!
Whether you’re looking for something balanced and high-protein to enjoy as a healthy meal, or something a little more rich and indulgent, there’s a recipe on this list that you’ll absolutely love.
Some of these are slow-cooker recipes, so be sure to check that you have everything you need before you get started!