Lime Chicken Tacos with Caramelized Onions

IMG_2064Ah, chicken tacos…boy, I love them!  They’re simple to make and you can do all kinds of things with them.  A lot of lime and some jalapenos made a nice combo for these.  Add a little caramelized onion, sour cream and pepper jack cheese and you’ve got a tasty taco!


2 chicken breasts – this made 3 tacos each for 2 people

1/4 cup lime juice – fresh or from a bottle

1/2 yellow onion – sliced

1/4 cup chopped jalapenos

sour cream – to top

1 cup pepper jack cheese – shredded

taco shells – get the ones that specifically note they are gluten-free

vegetable oil – for cooking shells

olive oil


Start with the onions and a little olive oil in a large skillet.  The key to caramelizing the onions is to cook them slowly, on low, until they are nice and brown.  Add the chicken, cutting it into thin pieces as it cooks.  Remove it from the pan if you can’t stand the heat!  When the chicken is nearly cooked but not quite done, dump in the lime juice, making sure to stir so each piece of chicken absorbs some of the lime flavor. Give the chicken a taste – if you can’t taste the lime, add some more!

As this cooks, you can chop your jalapenos – or you can use the kind in a jar; those are good too.  Shred the cheese too, while you’re at it, and prepare your taco shells in the heated veggie oil.  Once all that is done and your chicken is well cooked, prepare your tacos!  I add sour cream as  the first topping to the chicken so the cheese and jalapenos stick.  The lime juice and caramelized onions are really what make these tacos something special!

For those of you who are either dairy free or your diet doesn’t allow for it, there are some great dairy free sour cream options out there that taste really good!  There’s no reason to lose out on the flavor of sour cream just because dairy isn’t on your dietary list.


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