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These BBQ chicken tacos are a fast, healthy meal that’s ideal for a busy weeknight. They use ground chicken so they’re super easy to make!

Try my BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza or Monterey Chicken after this!

close-up of BBQ chicken tacos with sour cream, onions, iceberg lettuce, and tomatoes on a plate
Photos updated 6/18

These ground chicken tacos are a nice break from some of the heavier winter foods I’ve been eating these days.

As long as you go easy on the sour cream and don’t eat like 5 of these, they’re pretty healthy as well. 😉 You could also sub in low-fat Greek yogurt if you wanted to – the taste is very similar.

The BBQ sauce adds extra moisture and a bit of sweet-smokiness to these tacos.

tortillas with barbecue chicken tacos with ground chicken

I love loading these tacos up with avocado, lettuce and tomatoes and lots of lime juice. Reminds me of summer!

I feel like chicken is the forgotten ground meat… or maybe I just don’t use it much. I’m not sure why not since it’s so easy to prepare… plunk it in the pan and you’re practically done.

It also cooks really fast and I haven’t heard of any ground chicken contamination scandals lately (or ever?) 🙂

Love easy taco recipes? You may also like my buffalo chicken tacos or my spicy chicken taco bowls.

white plate with two BBQ chicken tacos with ground chicken, avocado, sour cream, onions, and lettuce

These easy ground chicken tacos aren’t exactly gourmet, and, to be honest, sometimes I just prefer super simple taco recipes to the fancier kinds you can get at restaurants/taco places.

I like those too, but sometimes I just want familiar, simple, and ready in 20 minutes.

Have you made these BBQ chicken tacos? Let me know in the comments below!

This BBQ chicken taco recipe is easy, fast, healthy, and delicious! These tacos are made with ground chicken, a delicious homemade taco seasoning blend, and BBQ sauce. Load up the flour tortillas with sour cream, onions, iceberg lettuce, and tomatoes, and you have a dinner the whole family will love.
5 from 4 votes

BBQ Chicken Taco Recipe

These BBQ chicken tacos are a fast, healthy meal that's ideal for a busy weeknight. They use ground chicken so they're super easy to make!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 tacos


  • 6-8 medium flour tortillas
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Iceberg lettuce shredded
  • Avocado sliced
  • Tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes)
  • Onion chopped
  • Sour Cream
  • Lime quartered


  • Pre-heat oven to 375F to warm tortillas. Place tortillas in foil to warm them all at once.
  • Add olive oil, chicken, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for about 8-10 minutes (or until cooked through), stirring often, and breaking up the meat.
  • While the chicken is cooking, prepare the veggies and rest of the garnish.
  • Once chicken is cooked, add BBQ sauce and stir to ensure chicken is evenly coated. Add salt & pepper if needed.
  • Serve tacos immediately and garnish as desired.


  • Feel free to use a packet of taco seasoning instead of the individual spices if it's easier for you!
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. For this recipe, only the chicken mixture is included in nutrition info as tortillas and toppings vary considerably.


Calories: 152kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.05g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 169mg, Potassium: 437mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 113IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these for me and my dad, it was very easy and we both enjoyed them. I added some coriander to the meat. Sometimes ground chicken or turkey can be dry so I made sure to get a higher fat content ground turkey and it was succulent and delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    super easy and good! I definitely will make this one again. This is the fourth recipe that I made from your blog and all four recipes were a big hit with my family. I am so happy I discovered this blog! Thank You!!

  3. 5 stars
    These are so easy to make and my fiancee loves them! They are light and refreshing. Thank you for this great recipe!

  4. These look good! I love BBQ chicken. I don’t eat a lot of red meat so chicken and turkey are my go to’s. Thanks for sharing, yum.

  5. I actually really enjoy ground chicken, but I don’t often see recipes for it- it’s exciting to find such a delicious looking one! I’ll try this one soon!