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crispy tacos on a sheet pan with salsa

Crispy Ground Chicken Tacos

  • Author: Laney Schwartz
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


These Crispy Ground Chicken Tacos are a delightful twist on traditional tacos. With a simple oven-baking method, you’ll achieve that perfect crunch without frying. The savory ground chicken filling, gooey melted cheese, and optional toppings make for a satisfying meal that’s quick to prepare and easy to enjoy!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup water or chicken stock
  • 810 small or medium tortillas – flour or corn 
  • ¾ cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese

Optional Toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Preheat a skillet over medium/high heat. Add the oil, ground chicken and seasoning and cook for 5-7 minutes breaking up the meat as it cooks. Add the tomato paste and water or broth and cook until the mixture is saucy but not watery. Turn off the heat and set aside. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out your tortillas. If using corn tortillas make sure they are warm so they don’t break during assembly. Brush both sides of the tortillas lightly with olive oil. 
  3. Add a couple of tablespoons of meat to one side of each tortilla. If using larger tortillas you can add a little bit more, just be careful not to overfill. Sprinkle with a little bit of shredded cheese, fold the other half of the tortilla over the meat. Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas or however many will fit on the sheet pan. 
  4. Place a second sheet pan on top of the folded tortillas to help keep them pressed down. (This part is optional but definitely helps with keep them flat). Bake for 5 minutes, then remove the top sheet pan and cook for another 5-10 minutes until tacos begin to get brown and crispy and the cheese melts. 
  5. Let cool for a few minutes and serve with your favorite toppings like sour cream, salsa or guacamole.

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