These Smoky Chicken and Avocado Tacos come together in only 20 minutes! They are simple, cheap, and oh so delicious. The chicken is perfectly seared and crispy on the outside and seasoned with smoky, savory spices, which pair perfectly with the bright lime juice mixed with the avocado. This is my new favorite quick and easy weeknight meal!
The chicken is a simplified version of one of my favorite recipes: smoky Mexican pulled chicken. It gets the bulk of its flavor from smoked paprika, one of my all time favorite spices. It adds the teeniest amount of heat and, as you may have guessed, a lot of smokiness. It’s a great, inexpensive, and natural way to get a deep smoky flavor if you’re in a hurry, can’t grill, and don’t want to use something like liquid smoke.
I used chicken thighs because they’re cheap. And delicious. And nigh impossible to overcook. I actually prefer chicken thighs to breasts in almost any recipe for these reasons. They have a higher fat content, which helps keep them juicy and delicious, so if you want a leaner version feel free to use breast meat instead (it will still be awesome!).
While this recipe does only take 20 minutes to throw together, it requires just a little bit of planning with marinating the chicken ahead of time. I prefer marinating meat overnight, but you can get away with 30 minutes if you need these tacos NOW. The chicken marinates in a little bit of lime juice, which helps break down the outer layer of the meat, penetrating the flavors even more and keeping it super juicy….