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Gluten Free Mexican Shredded Chicken Tacos

Easy, gluten free shredded chicken Mexican tacos are my families fave! Simple to make, with items found in your pantry!

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Taco Night

Taco night is one of my favorite nights of the week. I love tacos and I love trying new variations of them. These shredded chicken tacos are one of my favorites.

The chicken is super easy to make and uses spices you already have in your pantry.

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This shredded chicken, with cumin, chili powder, and paprika is perfect for tacos, but also great on a lot of things. Nachos, salads, sandwiches- it’s great on anything!

I love to make homemade gluten free tortillas with it. Corn tortillas is great, but sometimes I just love a flour tortilla. I use GF Jules recipe and they always turn out amazing. Even my non-gf peeps love them!

shredded chicken tacos in hand

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Before I give a few notes I just got to reitterate how good these are…and share another picture of them, because less face it- they look really good.

Recipe Notes:

Chicken Thighs

This recipe uses chicken thighs. It works best if they are boneless, but you can make it with bones, it just takes a bit of time to get it off the bone once it is cooked. Be sure to trim your chicken well, you don’t want chunks of fat in your tacos.

Side Story: I have a phobia of chunks of fat in my tacos. When I was living in Mexico, I was once served tacos that had sauteed pork fat on them, ever since then I cannot stand fat on meat.


This recipe is made entirely from pantry spices. Most likely you already have all the ingredients sitting on your pantry shelf. Please do realize that spices get old and stale. If your chili powder has been sitting there for 5 years, spring for a new bottle.

I’m sure you will love these shredded chicken tacos as much as we do! They are great topped with a little bit of this Easy Red Enchilada Sauce from Evolving Table. If you prefer beef, try this Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations.

If you’d like another way to cook chicken thighs, be sure to check out this Gluten Free Chicken Stir Fry from My Gluten-Free Kitchen!

If you’re look for a vegetarian taco, be sure to try these Baked Vegetarian Refried Bean Tomatoes from Veggie Balance or these Potato Tacos from Cooktoria! For a pescatarian version go for these Paleo Fish Tacos from Tessa the Domestic Diva.

Of course, if you prefer corn tortillas you could try these Homemade Corn Tortillas from Fool Proof Living.

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

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Gluten Free Mexican Shredded Chicken Tacos

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes


  • 4 cups water
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin


  • Add all spices and water into a stock pan and stir.
  • Add chicken thighs.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Lower heat and place lid on, slightly tilted to allow steam to escape.
  • Cook for 30 minutes. Most of the liquid should cook off.
  • Remove lid and use forks to shred chicken.
  • Increase heat and allow any remaining liquid to boil off.
  • Serve on warm tortillas with toppings of choice.

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    September 14, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    5 stars
    I made this recipe exactly as written. This chicken is AMAZING! My husband is Hispanic and is picky about his tacos. He loves this and definately gave it 5 stars also. I am newly gluten free due to having Hashimotos so I love great and easy recipes. Thank you!

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      October 13, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      My husband is Hispanic as well (Peruvian) and he is picky also! This is one of our favorite recipes, it freezes well too!

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    Megan Stevens
    May 10, 2019 at 9:18 am

    So yummy. My family loves simple Mexican food. I look forward to making this, perfect warm weather dinner food!

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    February 22, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I love how many spices are in this. I say the more the better. Sounds delish!

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      February 26, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      The spices really make this dish!

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    February 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Yum! These look soooooooo tasty! 😀

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    February 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    We look forward to taco night every week! I tend to use chicken breasts for shredding but I’ll have to try thighs next time.

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      February 26, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Chicken breasts would work well too, but I love how tender the thighs get.

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    Madison Haycock
    February 21, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Tacos are my favorite! I love the flavors in this! Not to mention how easy they are to make!

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      February 26, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      I love tacos too…the ease is definitely a factor!

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    February 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I love Taco Tuesday! A couple of these and a nice cold drink, a sunset, and I’m a happy camper!

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      February 26, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      I’m with you on that!

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    Nicole Dawson
    February 20, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I just love all the flavors that a tex-mex dinner brings….especially the spice.

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      February 26, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Tex-mex is one of my favorite styles of food!

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    February 20, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Taco night, it is! Yay! I love that I don’t have to go to the store today since I have all the ingredients right here.

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      February 26, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      One of the best things about it is the ingredients are probably in your pantry!

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