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a close up of 3 tacos in a parchment lined sheet pan with a small bowl of cotija cheese, some lime wedges, and whole cherry tomatoes

Sheet Pan Chicken Tacos with Summer Corn Salsa

Rebecca
Celebrate summer corn season with this simple sheet pan recipe for chicken tacos with corn salsa.
Yield: 3½ cups salsa; 5 cups shredded chicken.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time & assembly 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12 tacos

Equipment

Ingredients
  

for the chicken

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approx .5-.75 lb each)
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon paprika (smoked, if you have it)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

for the corn salsa

  • 3 ears corn on the cob (husked and strings removed)
  • 3 tablespoon butter (softened)
  • 8 cherry tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 scallion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 jalapeno (minced, seeds & ribs removed)
  • ¼ cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced or microplaned)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice (juice of one medium lime)

for the tacos

  • taco shells or tortillas of your choice
  • 1 large avocado (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup cotija (crumbled)
  • quick pickled red onions* (for topping)
  • sour cream or greek yogurt lime sauce*
  • hot sauce (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Mix the taco seasonings together in a small bowl.
  • Rub 2 ears of corn all over with softened butter. Season with salt and pepper on all sides. Sprinkle with a few pinches of the taco seasoning blend. Arrange on one half of the sheet pan.
  • Pat dry the chicken breasts and season both sides with salt. Pat a generous amount of the taco seasoning onto both sides of the chicken breasts, and arrange them on the other side of the sheet pan.
  • Roast the chicken and corn on the sheet pan for 20-30 minutes. Rotate the corn every 10 minutes for even cooking. Depending on the size of your chicken breasts they may be done earlier than the corn. Test with an instant read thermometer at the thickest part of the breast. When it reaches 160°F, the chicken is done and can be removed to a plate to rest.
    While the chicken and corn are cooking, wash and dry the raw ear of corn and prep the rest of the salsa ingredients.
  • Give the chicken and corn at least 10 minutes to rest, then shred the chicken with two forks or shredding claws if you have them. Set aside. Use a sharp knife to cut the corn kernels off both ears of roasted corn and the 1 ear of raw sweet corn.
  • In a medium bowl combine the corn kernels with the additional salsa ingredients, finishing with the squeeze of lime juice and a few pinches of salt and pepper to taste.
  • Salsa can be served chilled or at room temp.
  • Heat the tortillas in a bare skillet over medium heat or remove the parchment paper from the sheet pan and let them hang out there for a few minutes in the oven as it cools down.
  • Assemble your tacos and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can swap the spices for the chicken for 2-3 tablespoon of any taco seasoning blend
  • Find the instructions for quick-pickled red onions and a simple sour cream/greek yogurt lime sauce here.
  • Taco seasoning blend is loosely adapted from Gimme Some Oven.
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