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Garlic Lime Chicken and Corn Tacos are the perfect way to celebrate end of summer flavors without breaking the budget. Just a few ingredients add flavor that is family friendly while tasting a little more gourmet than your everyday meals in the same amount of time.

Garlic Lime Chicken and Corn Tacos

If you’re anything like me you get tired of the same old meals all.the.time. I don’t have a lot of time to cook but I do enjoy the process of cooking and eating flavorful meals that aren’t boring. It can be a dilemma when you’re trying to make a meal plan and just kind of over thinking outside the box.

Garlic Lime Chicken

One of the ways I change up the meal plan without a lot of work is to take a traditional meal and change it up. Like tacos. Sure, I could fry up the burger and TACOS! But what if it was easier…and tastier…and not quite something I could get at a drive thru?

Garlic Lime Chicken

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In PA we were spoiled with some authentic taquerias and I learned a thing or 2 about the pleasure of the simple taco. They taste better with simple flavors and less ingredients piled on and they’re cheaper. Those taqueria tacos are the inspiration for these simple garlic lime chicken and corn tacos.

You can make the garlic lime chicken in the oven, a slow cooker, or Instant Pot. I just got an Instant Pot and it is the best thing ever. I’ve used it almost every day this week – multiple times in some cases. I tend to forget to start dinner until, well, almost dinner time and the Instant Pot is a lifesaver. If you don’t have an Instant Pot or want to bake the chicken, add the ingredients as listed below, and bake covered at 375 degrees for approximately 45 minutes or until baked through.

Garlic Lime Chicken and Corn Tacos

We can have a real meal in just a little time. In the 20 minutes the chicken is cooking, you can pan “roast” the corn, crumble the cotija, dice the onion, and rough chop the cilantro. Slice another lime into 8 wedges and gather everyone around the table. Dinner is served.

Garlic Lime Chicken and Corn Tacos


Garlic Lime Chicken and Corn Tacos

  • Author: Heather McCurdy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes




  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs
  • 2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt and pepper

Taco Toppings

  • Tortillas
  • Corn from 1 cob or 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup Cotija cheese (or Monterey Jack if need be)
  • 1/2 medium purple onion
  • Cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon oil



  1. Mince garlic.
  2. Juice 2 limes.
  3. Put in slow cooker or Instant Pot with chicken.
  4. Add water.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper over top (approximately 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper)
  6. Cook in slow cooker for 3-4 hours on low or in the Instant Pot for 20 minutes.


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  2. Once oil is hot and shimmering add corn and lightly roast until slightly browned.
  3. Dice the onion.
  4. Chop the cilantro.
  5. Cut the 3rd lime into 8 wedges.
  6. Once chicken is done, shred with 2 forks.
  7. Cover the tortillas with a paper towel and warm in the microwave 1 minute or in the oven for several minutes.

What’s your favorite taco topping?

Garlic Lime Chicken and Corn Tacos Recipe

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  1. This recipe is superb! The chicken was falling off the bone and so tasty. My 9-yo kept begging for scraps before dinner was ready! I also loved the fresh flavors from the red onion, cilantro and corn. The tacos were balanced, flavorful and satisfying.

    I will be making this again and again. Thank you!

    1. Thank you! I especially feel like a winner since it passed the 9 year old taste test. I pull this or some variation out about every other week, but especially when we have a meeting at our house because people always LOVE it and it stretches far. You should try it with beef sometime too – see the pot roast recipe in the Instant Pot booklet for proper cook temp and time.

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