These Mediterranean Chicken Tacos are a fun and healthy fusion, where Mediterranean flavors get stuffed into your favorite Mexican tortillas.
They’re a light and tasty dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes.
Today’s recipe is something we threw together on a whim when we wanted something lighter and healthier after all that holiday binging. The result was so good we decided it belonged here on GypsyPlate.
Why This Recipe Works
- Great Flavors: The mild ground chicken is a perfect canvas for the Mediterranean seasonings, and the veggies used for garnishing tie everything together.
- Ease and Speed of Preparation: The recipe is straightforward and quick to prepare, making it ideal for busy weeknight dinners or impromptu gatherings.
- Fun Factor: Let’s face it, everyone loves eating tacos. They’re one of the most fun meals out there.
- It’s Meal Prep Friendly: Go ahead and make a double batch of the chicken mixture, because the recipe can easily be scaled and the leftovers last for several days, and can even be frozen.
For a complete list, along with exact measurements, see the recipe card at the end of the post. Here are the main things you’re going to need to make Mediterranean tacos:
- Ground Chicken: A lean protein choice that absorbs the flavors of the herbs and spices beautifully. You can also make the same recipe with any other ground meat.
- Herbs: Oregano, thyme, and parsley. Use fresh if you have it on hand.
- Garlic: Freshly minced.
- Crushed Red Pepper: For just a hint of heat. Omit if you prefer.
- Vegetables: Zucchini and red bell pepper in the chicken mixture. Onion, tomato, and cucumber for garnish.
- Kalamata Olives: A Mediterranean staple. You can use regular black olives if that’s what you have on hand.
- Tortillas: We are using corn, but feel free to use flour.
- Feta Cheese: The final touch.
How to Make Mediterranean Tacos
1. Prep: Dice up the veggies and crumble the feta.
2. Make the meat mixture: Cook the chicken with a little olive oil in a skillet until cooked through. Stir in the veggies and seasonings, then cook until the veggies are soft.
3. Assemble tacos: Quickly warm the tortillas in a skillet or in the microwave. Divide the chicken mixture among the tortillas. Garnish with diced tomato, onion, cucumber, and crumbled feta. Enjoy!
A nice Greek Salad goes great with these tacos. And it has many of the same ingredients, making it convenient as well.
If you want a little more elaborate spread, let’s go with the classic taco sides of rice and beans, but with a Mediterranean twist. Pair your tacos with Greek Lemon Rice and Garlic Parmesan Cannellini Beans for a platter that looks familiar but tastes entirely new.
For more ideas, check out our collection of favorite Mediterranean Side Dishes.
- Choose the Right Chicken: Please go with regular ground chicken rather than ground chicken breast, which is better suited for soups and sauces. Otherwise your meat mixture will be too dry.
- Chop Vegetables Uniformly: Ensure that your zucchini and bell pepper are diced to similar sizes. This not only makes the tacos easier to eat but also ensures even cooking.
- Balance the Spice: Adjust the amount of crushed red pepper to suit your taste. If you’re serving guests with varying spice preferences, you could offer red pepper flakes on the side.
- Toast the Tortillas: Lightly toasting the tortillas on a dry skillet or over an open flame can add a nice char, making your tacos even more inviting.
Leftovers and Storage
You can refrigerate leftover taco meat in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium heat. When reheating, add a tablespoon or so of water.
This ground chicken mixture also freezes beautifully! Go ahead and make a giant batch, as it’s a great meal prep option. Cool the taco meat completely, then store it in a freezer friendly bag. Press flat to gently squeeze out the air from the bag before sealing. To thaw, defrost the meat in the fridge overnight.
The garnishes (veggies and feta) should be stored separately, or chopped fresh.
Mediterranean tacos… why didn’t we think of this one sooner? Give them a try, we bet you’ll be coming back to them again and again.
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Mediterranean Chicken Tacos, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1.5lbs ground chicken
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried oregano (or 1 Tbsp fresh oregano)
- 1 tsp dried thyme (or 1 Tbsp fresh thyme)
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 medium zucchini, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- ½ cup kalamata olives, sliced
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 12 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
- diced tomatoes
- diced cucumber
- diced red onion
- crumbled feta cheese
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground chicken and cook, breaking up with a spoon or spatula, until cooked through.
- Add garlic, herbs, red pepper, zucchini, bell pepper and kalamata olives. Stir and cook until vegetables have softened. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
- Divide chicken mixture among warmed tortillas. Garnish with tomato, cucumber, onion, and feta cheese. Serve immediately.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 566Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 182mgSodium 268mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 6gSugar 3gProtein 45g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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