Orange Chicken Tacos

Like any Texan, I love tacos. Love them. In just the palm of your hand you can have all your food groups covered – meat, dairy, grain, veg. Isn’t that a magical thing?

So of course it is no surprise that when Taco Tuesday comes around each week, I’m ready and itching for my taco fix and excited to experiment with a new recipe.

orange chicken tacos

This week’s taco of choice was a delicious blend of Asian and Mexican flavors. The orange and lemon juices provide a hint of sweet and sour while the Szechuan peppercorn builds up a bit of tongue-numbing heat. The flavors in the sauce blend so well that you hardly need to measure out any of the ingredients (except for the Szechuan peppercorns of course — be careful with those babies!).

You could certainly marinate the chicken in the orange sauce, but I was short on time, hungry, and ready to eat (as I am most nights after work!), so I skipped the marinade and lightly seasoned the chicken as it was cooking. Once the chicken was cooked, I poured the sauce over the dish and made sure every piece of chicken was completely coated.

orange chicken tacos

So even if you’re working around the cluck, you can prepare a juicy and delectable chicken dish without much preparation.

Once you have your chicken ready, pile it into a tortilla with fresh bell peppers, sour cream (I substituted plain Greek yogurt instead and Peter was none the wiser), cheese and a sprinkle of cilantro and you will have a winning meal any day of the week.

orange chicken tacos

Orange Chicken Tacos

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3 people


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed Szechuan peppercorn
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5-10 dry red chilies (optional)
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • large pinch of salt
  • large pinch of cumin
  • 6-8 small tortillas
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thing strips (optional)
  • various toppings - cilantro, cheese, sour cream, salsa (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, peppercorn, cumin, salt, and cornstarch until well combined into a sauce
  2. In a large pan heat oil over medium heat
  3. Add garlic until lightly golden
  4. Toss in chicken breast strips and small red chilies
  5. Sprinkle with additional pinches of salt and cumin
  6. When chicken is cooked, reduce heat to low and pour sauce over chicken
  7. Stir until chicken is coated and sauce has slightly thickened
  8. Turn off heat
  9. Layer chicken in tortillas along with toppings of your choice (recommend red bell pepper strips, cheese and sour cream)

  • This looks and sounds amazing. Definitely saving to my digital recipe book and pinning!

  • I love tacos and this recipe looks DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Jennifer

    Another delicious recipe! Can’t wait to give this one a try 🙂