Chicken-Lentil Tacos

Adobo, the smoky, slightly sweet sauce chipotles are canned in, adds oomph to a finishing drizzle of sour cream in this chicken taco recipe.

Chicken-Lentil Tacos
Photo: Jacob Fox
Total Time:
30 mins
2 1/2 cups lentil mixture


  • 1 cup sliced red onion

  • 3 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 8 ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cup cooked brown lentils*

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, finely chopped, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 8 6 inch corn tortillas

  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. For pickled onions: In a small bowl stir together onion, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt. Let stand 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, season chicken with 1/2 tsp. salt, the chili powder, and cumin. In a 10-inch skillet heat 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil over medium-high. Add chicken to skillet; cook 12 minutes or until done (165°F), turning occasionally. Remove and slice chicken. Add broth to skillet, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Stir in lentils, chipotle, and 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Fold in chicken; heat through.

  3. In a small bowl stir together sour cream, remaining 1 Tbsp. lime juice, and remaining 1/2 Tbsp. adobo sauce. Warm the tortillas and top with chicken mixture, pickled onions, and parsley. Drizzle with sour cream mixture. Serves 4.


For 2 cups cooked lentils: In a saucepan combine 2 cups water, 2/3 cup dried brown lentils, and ¼ tsp. salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 to 25 minutes. Or use one 9-oz. pkg. steamed lentils, such as Melissa's brand.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
9g Fat
40g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 463mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 11.9mg 60%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 3.7mg 21%
Potassium 611mg 13%
Folate, total 135.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*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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