Spiced Chicken-Lentil Tacos with Quick-Pickled Red Onions

You only need 30 minutes to make this delicious chicken taco dinner. Quick-pickling your red onions will add a sweet and tangy crunch.

Spiced Chicken-Lentil Tacos Quick-Pickled Red Onions
Photo: Jacob Fox
Total Time:
30 mins
2 1/2 cups lentil mixture


  • 1 cup halved, sliced red onion

  • 1 lime, juiced (3 Tbsp.)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 9 ounce package steamed lentils or 2 cups cooked lentils*

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

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 8 6 inch corn tortillas

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a small bowl stir together the onion, 2 tablespoons of the lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, season chicken with chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cumin. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken to skillet; cook for 12 minutes or until done (165°F), turning occasionally and reducing heat if necessary. Remove and slice chicken. Add broth to skillet, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Add lentils, chopped chipotle chile, and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce to skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes until thickened. Fold in chicken; heat through.

  3. In a small bowl stir together sour cream, remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, and remaining 1/2 tablespoon adobo sauce. Serve chicken mixture in tortillas topped with pickled onion mixture and parsley. Drizzle with sour cream mixture.


For 2 cups cooked lentils, in a medium saucepan combine 2 cups water, 2/3 cup dried lentils, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain off any excess liquid.

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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