I’ve never been one to turn down a margarita.

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com

The coarsely salted rim… the icy tartness… the bright lime paired with tangy tequila. I’m strictly an “on the rocks” kind of girl, but if my only option was a frosty, frozen drink, I wouldn’t hesitate to put it in my face.  Extra salt please.

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com

My fascination with margaritas began at a young age, but before you feel the need to enlist a help team for my transport to AA, you should know that the relationship was strictly platonic until my later years. It happened long after the days of writing notes to my 7th grade BFF, notes neatly folded into that pocket square signed “LYLAS,” and summer afternoons playing 16 games of MASH in a row just so I could get the correct combination of husband, mansion and quantity of kids for my future. I mean, there was no way I was living in a shack in Alaska with my 4th spousal choice. Please.

 

If I could go back in time and tell my 12-year old self about how slim the chances are that I’ll marry my current crush of 4 years and live in a mansion in the Bahamas, I’d be a heck of a lot richer. Retail therapy is expensive.

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com

It was around that time that I found margaritas to be glamorous – sandy beaches, bikinis, summer love and beverages with umbrellas are things that any young girl dreams of. Especially a plump one with skin the color of pink milk. I waited for what seemed like forever just to order my own margarita, and I’ve never really looked back.

 

So, I’m giving you a heads up. These tacos are addicting. New favorite dinner right here. I know, I know – I say that every time. Just let me be, okay? I might like them more than the crispy shrimp tacos. I might eat my weight in margarita chicken tacos for the rest of my life. I might have a margarita every day this week. I might write a blog post drunk. I might force you to drink a margarita with me while eating these tacos. It’s simply necessary. Are you in?

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa

serves 3-4

4 chicken breasts

8 4-inch tortillas (corn, whole wheat, flour)

3 cups panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

zest of 3 limes

1 teaspoon ground coriander

for marinade:

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup tequila

1/4 cup lime juice

zest of 2 limes

1 teaspoon ground coriander

for salsa:

1 avocado, chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/4 red onion, chopped

4 large strawberries, chopped

juice of half a lime

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

toppings: shredded lettuce, freshly grated monterey jack cheese, cilantro, lime wedges

2-24 hours before making the tacos, combine the marinade ingredients in a baking dish. Tenderize chicken, season it with salt and pepper, then slice it into strips lengthwise. Add the chicken to the dish and let marinate in the fridge until ready to make.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine panko, flour, lime zest and coriander in a bowl. Lay a wire rack on a baking sheet and spray with non-stick spray. Remove chicken from marinade and coat strips in panko mixture, pressing so crumbs adhere. Let them on the baking sheet then give them a quick spray of non-stick spray or olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, then bake 10 more.

While chicken is cooking, combine avocado, tomato, strawberries and onion. Mix with salt, pepper and lime juice.

Heat tortillas if desired, then serve with crisp chicken, salsa, and toppings. Spritz with lime wedges.

Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com

Are margaritas good for breakfast? I’ll let you know.

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159 Responses to “Crispy Margarita Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa.”

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    Aimee Shugarman — May 3, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    I’m making fish tacos for dinner tonight. I love the idea of a strawberry salsa. Yum!

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    megan — May 3, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    Oh yea, I’m in! Those look fantastic and I love the strawberries in the salsa. So… how are margarita for breakfast?

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    vanillasugarblog — May 3, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    oh i love this!!

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    Melissa — May 3, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    If only you knew how many times a day I proclaim that I would like to face plant into a vat of tequila! In? Are you kidding me? Of course I’m in!

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    Juli @ Sweet Little Chickadee — May 3, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Yum, yum, yum! These look delicious! I’m going to try roasting my first chicken tonight (fingers crossed for me!) from your recipe a few days ago, but these are definitely going to be next on my list! I love strawberries… and avocado… sigh. :-D

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    Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries — May 3, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    This makes me want to go back home to sunny, warm south Florida (I’m in NYC) and make these for my family, just sayin’ :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 3, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    Oh goodness gracious. It may be only 9AM-ish, but I need these NOW! Great recipe, Jessica. I made and posted about your Cupcakes for Two today, too. Thanks for that delicious – and dangerously addictive – recipe! I’ve made them a few times now already. ;)

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    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) — May 3, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    Love the addition of strawberries- YUM! So fresh and springy :)

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    Lucy @ The Sweet Touch — May 3, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Ohhhh, Cinco de Mayo menu solved!!

    I have some queso fresco leftover from another recipe – I think it would be perfect with these!

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    Steph@PlainChicken — May 3, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I MUST make these ASAP! They sound fantastic!!

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    Riki — May 3, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    OMG, you are hilarious!! I’m officially in Love with this site!!

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

      Thanks Riki!

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    EatLiveRun — May 3, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    So, I don’t have any chicken but I am making slow cooker pork tacos tonight and will be making this strawberry salsa to go along with them! Looks divine!

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    Gina — May 3, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    These look so so so good! I’m going to try them with shrimp this Thursday for Cinco de Mayo!!! Yum!

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

      Let me know how it is with shrimp!

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    Jess — May 3, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    delicious combination of flavors. mexican food and i are bffs lately.

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    Rachel Wilkerson — May 3, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    Thanks for putting my favorite things together just in time for Cinco de Mayo!!! Viva tequila!

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    Char — May 3, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    You twisted my arm…I will join you in margarita’s every night haha

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    Natalia - a side of simple — May 3, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    I better stock up on some tequila for this recipe! Or better yet, Cinco de Mayo, because we all know tequila isn’t just for food… ;)

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

      And it’s not just for Cinco de Mayo either!

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    Jaida — May 3, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    So, I may need to make you my new best friend and come live in your guest room so we can eat all this delicious food together!! Sound good? Ok, I’ll be there tomorrow! :)

    But seriously, these look amazing, and I can’t wait to add them to my food calendar (yes, I make a food calendar…) and try them out!!!

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

      Sounds good!

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    Tiffany — May 3, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Sometimes I think we were the same child! haha ;) These look amazing!! Thank you so much for the laughs and delicious recipes!

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    Stefanie — May 3, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    These look delicious! I can’t believe I grew up without MASH!! Where was I?? I had to look it up on line to see what it is. Played for the first time today (played on the “13 Going on 30″ website… do I call myself 40 going on 13?)

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

      I didn’t even know you could play online!

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    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — May 3, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    YUMMMMMM! These look soooo good!! Love tacos! I have chicken cooking for them right now.

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    Sarah @ The Pajama Chef — May 3, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    this sounds so yummy! and i’ve never had a margarita so maybe this will be my first experience :)

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    Anne @ Baking Me — May 3, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    I will have to try these, I love your shrimp tacos so I am sure these will be fantastic as well :)

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    Lauren @ Hungry Child in the City — May 3, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    I am not even kidding when I tell you that I wish I could hire you as my private chef. Everything you make is food I like, and the photos always make it look so tasty! Keep up the amazing recipes!

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    Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It! — May 3, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    Ok seriously got to make these soon. Just the thought of it is devine

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    Molly — May 3, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Oh no tequila for me. For this reason, I do not fully celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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    Katie — May 3, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    What I really want is a suntan and a margarita right now (in the middle of the day while I’m at work and 10 months pregnant). But, these tacos look fantastic – I love the idea of combining strawberry and avocado.

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    Jenn — May 3, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    I have been anxiously waiting for you to post something for Cinco de Mayo!!! I now have something to cook for our little fiesta on Thursday!

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    Megan (Braise The Roof) — May 3, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    I have issues with margaritas as well. I crave them a little more often than is tasteful. I could go for one now. Right here at my desk. Think anyone would notice?

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    Christina — May 3, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    LOVE. I really want a margarita now.

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    Barbara Braun — May 3, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Jess: I am in for the margarita!!!!!!!! Delicious and Nutritious!!!!!!

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    Alexa @ Simple Eats — May 3, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Margaritas with extra salt are my favorite! I NEED to try these tacos!

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    Kim — May 3, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    Ok…can I just say that EVERYTHING on your blog looks absolutely delicious? AND, you have become a danger to read at work because I struggle not to laugh out loud (I contemplated abbreviating but thought that might be a little 9th grade) at your posts. I think we may be sisters from another mister…

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

      Thank you Kim!

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    jenny eats nutella from a spoon — May 3, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    your description about your love for margaritas had me drooling… you are becoming such a great writer, and i appreciate it! gorgeous photos as well.

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

      Thanks Jenny!

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    Alaina — May 3, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    I feel like I’m back on the beach in Mexico. These will definitely be made this summer. :-)

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    Kath — May 3, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    Hey Jess, have you ever done a house tour?

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

      A house tour? Like of my own house??

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      • Kath — May 3rd, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

        Yeah!!

        • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

          Nope I haven’t! Why do you ask?

        • Kath — May 3rd, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

          Just cause it would be fun :)

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    Carrie — May 3, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    Yum!!

    This might be a dumb question, but is ground coriander the same as cumin? That brownish tannish powder?

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    • Jessica — May 3rd, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

      Not dumb at all! But no, they are not the same thing. Cumin is smoky and coriander is citrusy!

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    Christine — May 3, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    As my Grandma would say, “This one is a keeper.”

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    Jeanette — May 3, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    Wow, I can just taste all the flavors looking at these gorgeous pictures!

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    Caelyn — May 3, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    hahaha “lylas” i forgot about that.

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    Sharon — May 3, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    So, I only found this blog maybe 2 weeks ago. I have already read through every single post and bookmarked approximately 40 recipes. I am convinced that we are twins. I love to eat/cook/bake and hate cleaning. I also have a love of XXXL sweatpants. My husband decides his meals based on protein content/meat quantity. He works out three times a week while I drink rum and cokes. He also loves to cut the sleeves off his shirts, have monochromatic tattoos, and listen to old men who sing country. And he is a ginger who has amazing arms. What are the odds?

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    Kat @ Cupcake Kat — May 3, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    I think I may just make the strawberry avocado salsa and eat that for dinner with a spoon! It sounds so good

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — May 4, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    Count me in!! These tacos look so fresh and delicious!

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    Ana Powell — May 4, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    Bursting with flavours, great choice ♥

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    Jaime @ la vie...j'aime — May 4, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    that salsa sounds so fresh and delish! def bookmarking the recipe :)

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    Erin — May 4, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Just found your blog – Awesome!! These tacos look delicious, and yes a margarita is necessary :) I saw a recipe for strawberry avocado salsa recently, like the idea! Will definitely be following your blog!

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    Paige Colson — May 4, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Thank you for reminding me of MASH! Wow! I loved that game when I was in middle school. :)

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    Jackie — May 4, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Pregnant girls! Virgin margaritas are yummy too: grenadine and margarita mix makes a yummy Virgin Pomegranate Margarita. I like sugar on the rim instead of salt :)

    I will be adding this meal to my menu for next week!!

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    Rachel — May 4, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    I just made these! I’m eating them now and they’re absolutely fabulous! Love your site :)

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    Dee D. — May 4, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    Those tacos look delicious!
    Perfect for a cinco de mayo :D

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