Crispy Chicken Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

I’m eating these crispy chicken tacos as I’m writing this for you.


I have to say; they are one of the most beautiful, delicious concoctions I’ve ever made. The sad truth is I didn’t share them with anyone.

Only yours truly had the opportunity to eat them.

Oh, and I had leftovers the next day. I’m that confident in them that I didn’t even need a second opinion. These ROCK.

I made them yesterday when I was home alone, feeling a little down and needed to pour myself into what makes me feel better; my blog, my readers, and creating food. Oh, and thanks for the therapy you didn’t realize you give me.

However, I did share a picture of them with my close friend that is from South America and she told me (after I told her about my recipe) that it’s very reminiscent of true South American cuisine.

I had no idea; nor was I shooting for that title. I just know that the shit was good. It’s as if I can’t cuss enough to explain how good these are. I’m so bad, this I know.


Let me share with you how I came up with this amazing taco. Want to take a walk with me through my day? Of course you do.

So, I had this bowl of diced chicken from the night before, as well as some napa cabbage. Napa cabbage in a taco? I wondered the same thing; because you would usually think to use that with an Asian dish. Who cares. I think it sounds good.


So, yes. Napa cabbage it is. You never, ever put stereotypes or limits on your recipes. It will stifle you.

Remember that, kids. Don’t be stifled.


So, now at this point I notice half of a yellow onion that obviously was crying out to be used, and what is this? Jalapeños?

Me? Jalapeños? *teehee*

You all know me by now, don’t you?

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If something pulls you to the fridge to eat something that’s leftover; that’s definitely an indication that it’s fantastic, even if you’re the only one that has eaten it to begin with.


I have learned to trust myself. Sometimes I don’t have another opinion because there are simply times that my family gets a little tired of me coming at them with a forkful of Mom’s New Blog Content.

What can I say.


These are the first tacos in my life I completely enjoyed without needing every Mexican condiment known to man.

Well, and maybe a dash or of Cholula and a few more jalapeno slices.

This slaw will complete your life.


Here’s your printable –

Crispy Chicken Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw

Crispy Chicken Tacos with Jalapeno Slaw


  • 1 head Napa cabbage, washed and shredded (I used my food processor)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 fresh jalapeños, washed and diced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 12 flour tortillas


Combine cabbage, onion and jalapeños.

In a separate bowl, mix the cilantro, mayo, sour cream and lime juice together. Stir in the cabbage mixture until mixed thoroughly and refrigerate until ready to use.

Trim chicken of fat and dice; set aside.

Combine cumin through oregano in a small bowl.

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large pan and add chicken.

Add the cumin mixture, stir to combine and slowly add water. Reduce heat medium.

Continue to toss chicken and saute until done; set aside. (If it doesn't seem to be getting done pretty quickly kick the heat up a notch).

With the pan over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp butter and when melted add one tortilla at a time until brown on one side, continuing with each tortilla, covering with aluminum foil as they're done. Add butter as needed in between tortillas.

With each tortilla, add about 2 tbsp chicken and top with about the same amount of slaw.
Add hot sauce if you want it 😉

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. julia

    These tacos look so yummy. I really like the jalapeno slaw-I am going to have to use my over abundance of jalapenos I grew in my garden last summer to make some!

  2. Kate@Diethood

    You had these all to yourself… I wish I was you. LUCKY!! They look so, so freakin’ good!

  3. Jacki

    This slaw sounds like something I could spend the rest of my life with. I am a vinegar slaw person and think I may need to play with this to come up with a sweet and tangy version too. Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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