The Best Mexican Chicken Recipes to Spice Up Your Dinner

Chicken mole tostadas
Photo: Jacob Fox

It's high time to spice up your supper routine, and these are the best Mexican chicken recipes for the job. With classics like tacos and enchiladas and endlessly versatile shredded chicken recipes, this collection of our Test Kitchen's favorite Mexican-style recipes offers tons of variety and bold flavors the family will ask for again and again.

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Chicken Mole Tostadas

Chicken mole tostadas
Jacob Fox

Meet your new signature sauce: mole. Our weeknight-friendly rendition on the traditional sauce is a beautifully-balanced blend of chiles, tomatoes, almonds, onion, garlic, coriander, cinnamon, and chocolate. Trust us on those last two; they bring just enough warmth and depth of flavor to really make these Mexican chicken thighs shine. Simmer the chicken in the sauce, then shred and spoon it atop crispy tostada shells for a showy and scrumptious dinner.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Salsa Tortas

Pressure Cooker Chicken Salsa Tortas
Marty Baldwin

Transform a jar of salsa and a couple of pounds of chicken into a meal masterpiece in 35 minutes. Everyone will be fooled into thinking you've baked this succulent, saucy Mexican chicken breast recipe all day. Only you need to know the pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) did nearly all of the work.

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Grilled Chicken-Finger Fajitas with Peppers and Onions

Grilled Chicken-Finger Fajitas with Peppers and Onions
Andy Lyons

Keep it simple and please a crowd with this Mexican chicken fajita recipe. Build it and ask guests to help themselves from the loaded platter. Not only is this ready for a dinner party, but it's also easy: The chicken, vegetables, and even tortillas, grill for only about 20 minutes.

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Mely's Enchiladas Suizas

Mely's Enchiladas Suizas
Carson Downing

"Walk into a diner anywhere in the country and you will find chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and enchiladas suizas," all of which originate in Mexico City, says Mely Martinez, who designed this dish as a nod to her family's homeland. These enchiladas feature layers of a simple, herbaceous salsa verde, chicken tucked inside rolled tortillas, even more salsa verde, and a generous topping of Oaxaca cheese. Yes, please.

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Pozole with Pinto Beans and Queso Fresco

Pozole with Pinto Beans and Queso Fresco
Linda Pugliese

Just stew it. Our colorful, fresh twist on a classic Mexican chicken pozole recipe tastes richer and more complex than most, thanks to roasted tomatillos. Beans, hominy, and a healthy dose of shredded or leftover chicken give this Mexican-style chicken soup its staying power.

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Ancho Chile Chicken with Poblanos and Tomatillos

Ancho Chile Chicken with Poblanos and Tomatillos
Blaine Moats

A mere seven ingredients are transformed into a weeknight masterpiece in this easy sheet-pan supper. The roasted peppers, onions, and spiced chicken bake on separate sides of the same pan, while you prepare the cheese and tortillas for serving. BH&G reader Natalia says of this dinner, "I would give this recipe 10 stars, if I could. It is so tasty…it is such an easy one-pan dish!"

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Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad with Jalapeño Dressing

Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Dressing
Jason Donnelly

This Mexican chicken salad dish gives new meaning to taste the rainbow. Its Instagram-ready layers are almost as impressive as its fresh flavors. Almost. The sweet mango complements the spicy jalapeños and savory chicken.

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Spice-Rubbed Chicken and Poblano Tacos

Spice-Rubbed Chicken and Poblano Tacos
Andy Lyons

Chicken taco recipes can err on the bland side. Let's face it: Chicken + tortilla = far-from-colorful or enticing, especially compared to saucy birria and succulent al pastor. But we're changing the game with these poblano, chile, and cumin-infused tacos. A splash of cream gives the recipe the just-right level of cooling richness to balance the spice.

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Cheesy Chicken-Chile Quesadillas

chicken-cheese quesadillas with green chiles
Andy Lyons

A cumin-cayenne dry rub turns the chicken breast in this recipe into something you'll dream about. A double dose of cheese and smoky grilled peppers don't hurt, either. Pair it with bowls of fresh guacamole and salsa for a dunk-a-thon dinner.

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Chicken-Stuffed Hatch Chiles

Chicken-Stuffed Hatch Chiles
Brie Passano

Stuffed peppers rarely pack this much punch. Medium-hot hatch chiles cradle the cheesy Mexican chicken recipe. It's all topped in a cilantro cream sauce that might lead to a plate-licking moment. (No shame.)

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Tomatillo Shredded Chicken

Tomatillo Shredded Chicken in Skillet
Andy Lyons

A jar of salsa verde, a big handful of cilantro, a few garlic cloves, and some fresh lime juice blend into a sauce so good that we'd eat it with a spoon. Or, you know, as the star of this slow cooker Mexican-style chicken recipe. The vibrant green mixture infuses each ounce of chicken with flair as they marry in the slow cooker. Pile the shredded chicken on a platter of nachos, tuck it inside tacos, or fold it into omelets.

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Chicken Chilaquiles

Chicken Chilaquiles
Kritsada Panichgul

Make the most of leftover corn tortillas in this Mexican chicken casserole idea. The traditional one-dish meal combines crispy baked tortillas and chili-spiced chicken for an addition to your comfort food menu. Enjoy leftovers reheated and topped with fried or poached eggs for brunch the next day.

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Mango Chicken Tinga

Mango-Chicken Tinga
Karla Conrad

Introducing a Mexican chicken and rice recipe that offers the ideal blend of sweet and heat. Chopped mango, cinnamon, and ginger transform chicken broth into an exotic, luscious Mexican chicken stew that BH&G fan Cindy declares is "Fantastic and addicting!" For tropical pizzazz, serve each bowl of tinga with slices of pineapple and lime.

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Flautas de Pollo

Flautas de Pollo
Peter Krumhardt

A rich blend of cumin, cinnamon, and cloves creates out-of-this-world flavor in these Mexican chicken flautas, and that's only the filling. The exterior is a crisp, golden-fried tortilla—think of these as homemade taquitos (that taste way better than the ones you'll find in the freezer aisle). Serve this Mexican shredded chicken option with your choice of salsa, Mexican crema, queso, or guacamole.

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