Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos

This speedy weeknight dinner uses a supermarket shortcut for a quick flavor boost.

Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos

Greg DuPree

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

This recipe is proof that keeping a jar of salsa verde in the pantry is a total pro move. Salsa verde, simply meaning “green sauce” in Spanish, is typically made with tomatillos, cilantro, and green chiles. After searing the chicken thighs, simmer them in the mild and zesty sauce until they’re pull-apart tender. To warm tortillas, wrap a stack in foil and heat in the oven, or place over a medium-low flame on a gas range, flipping with tongs until charred in spots. Top the tacos with chopped onion and cilantro and crumbled cotija cheese. Feta works too, or just dollop on a spoonful of sour cream.


  • 1 1/4 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 16 oz salsa verde

  • 12 corn tortillas

  • 1 avocado, sliced 

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 2 oz cotija cheese, crumbled

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium until shimmering. Add chicken; cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Add salsa verde. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally and flipping chicken halfway through, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of a chicken thigh reads 165°F, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Transfer chicken to a large bowl and shred with 2 forks. Return chicken to pot and toss with salsa verde until well coated.

  3. Warm tortillas in microwave, over a gas flame on stove, or in a dry skillet. Top tortillas with chicken, avocado, onion, cilantro, and cheese. Serve with lime wedges, if desired. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

637 Calories
32g Fat
50g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 637
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 1246mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 30mg 150%
Calcium 221mg 17%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 1131mg 24%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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