Inspired by Michigan summers, these cherry chicken tacos have a fantastic balance of sweet and savory. The lime sour cream lends the perfect touch of bright citrus flavor to these chicken tacos. 

Inspired by Michigan summers, these cherry chicken tacos have a fantastic balance of sweet and savory. The lime sour cream lends the perfect touch of bright citrus flavor to these chicken tacos. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Michigan summers call for tons and tons of sweet, juicy cherries. There is a festival in northern Michigan celebrating this fruit and when I think cherries, I think Michigan summers. It could be because I’m born and raised here, but I think the best cherries come from Michigan. Their sweetness pairs perfectly with the gentle spiciness of green chilies and chili powder spiced chicken. A bit of lime juice and sour cream flavored with lime brightens up the entire situation. It’s a Michigan summer stuffed into a taco. All you need to make this truly perfect is some Michigan craft beer and a pontoon boat on one of Michigan’s many beautiful lakes.

Inspired by Michigan summers, these cherry chicken tacos have a fantastic balance of sweet and savory. The lime sour cream lends the perfect touch of bright citrus flavor to these chicken tacos. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I’m teaming up with Old El Paso this year to bring you of fresh and easy recipes throughout the year. I have some great ideas for recipes using Old El Paso products and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Inspired by Michigan summers, these cherry chicken tacos have a fantastic balance of sweet and savory. The lime sour cream lends the perfect touch of bright citrus flavor to these chicken tacos. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Instead of traditional flour tortillas, I used Old El Paso’s genius Soft Tortilla Taco Boats for these chicken tacos. The taco boats make filling and holding onto the taco so much more doable. As you know, I’m all about anything that makes my life simpler. They’re great for kids too — much easier for littler hands to handle. PS: Any Amazon Prime Pantry fans out there? I’m definitely a fan…and I love that I can get Taco Boats delivered straight to my door. You can also get the green chilies you need for this recipe through Prime Pantry.

Inspired by Michigan summers, these cherry chicken tacos have a fantastic balance of sweet and savory. The lime sour cream lends the perfect touch of bright citrus flavor to these chicken tacos. Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Next time you see sweet cherries at the grocery store, pick up extra for these tacos. You won’t be sorry. Pick up some extras and make this galette too. Cherry everything!

Cherry Chicken Tacos with Lime Sour Cream

Inspired by Michigan summers, these cherry chicken tacos have a fantastic balance of sweet and savory. The lime sour cream lends the perfect touch of bright citrus flavor to these chicken tacos.

Ingredients:

For Cherry Chicken Filling:

  • 1.25 – 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cups (approximately 1.5 pounds) pitted and halved fresh sweet cherries
  • 1 can (4.5 ounces) Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

For Lime Sour Cream:

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

For Taco Boats:

  • 1 package (6.7 oz.) Old El Paso Soft Tortilla Taco Boats (8 taco boats)
  • Fresh shredded lettuce for topping
  • Additional lime zest if desired

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat oil. Add chicken and saute until cooked through and golden brown (5-7 minutes). Remove chicken to a plate, reduce heat to medium and add onions. Cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add chilies and cherries and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes or until cherries start to break down. Reduce heat to medium-low if necessary to prevent cherries from burning. Return chicken to pan and stir to combine. Add lime juice, stir to combine.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare lime sour cream by mixing sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest in a small bowl.
  4. When ready to serve, warm Old El Paso Soft Tortilla Taco Boats as directed on package. Fill each of the 8 boats evenly with chicken and cherry mixture, followed by lime sour cream and lettuce. Serve immediately.

Tip: Make sure to zest your limes before juicing them! You’ll need the zest for the lime sour cream, and it’s also great sprinkled on top before serving.

Tip: Watch the cherry mixture carefully as it cooks. If it looks like it is drying up or starting to burn, turn down the heat. If it gets too dry, you can also add a small amount of water (a tablespoon at a time).

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Verdict: I looooooved these cherry chicken tacos. The sweetness of the cherries perfectly complements the slightly spicy chicken and the lime sour cream is just icing on the cake.
Husband’s take: I’ll be real, folks. I was a little nervous. Ben is a pretty good sport when it comes to trying new recipes but when I start doing stuff like adding fruit to tacos, he does tend to get a little hesitant. He’s pretty true to our favorite taco meat and traditional fillings. He really really loved these taco boats, though. I asked him about 5 times because I didn’t believe him at first.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!

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