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Crazy Good Street Corn Chicken Tacos

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So I started getting real obsessed with tacos a few summers ago. Fish tacos, chicken tacos, cauliflower tacos, mushroom tacos. If you can put it in a taco, I’m down.
These street corn chicken tacos were my latest and greatest creation back in 2021 and were on repeat in our house for months. We’ve made them time and time again since then because we love how flavorful and filling they are! Plus, they’re super easy to customize with what you have on hand, grill or bake the ingredients, and so much more. Truly the best weeknight dinner for the family!
The base starts with my fabulous homemade sazon chicken thighs, then there’s a zesty street corn avocado salsa that’s topped off with my incredible jalapeño cashew sauce. Talk about an explosion of flavors!

Ingredients in street corn chicken tacos
These grilled chicken tacos are packed with flavor thanks to my homemade sazon seasoning, an easy avocado street corn salsa and a seriously addicting jalapeño lime cashew sauce. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the chicken: we’re using my sazon grilled chicken thighs in these amazing tacos.
For the corn: you’ll need 2 ears of fresh corn, olive oil, cumin and chili powder to get that delicious street corn flavor.
For the salsa: we’re mixing together avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, red onion, salt & pepper. You’ll also add your grilled corn to complete this salsa.
For sauce: my jalapeño lime cashew sauce is made with soaked, raw cashews, jalapeño, lime juice, garlic, onion powder, salt & pepper all blended together. Creamy GOODNESS.
For serving: pile them high onto corn tortillas (or your favorite tortillas) with extra jalapeño and cilantro.

What is street corn?
Mexican street corn is typically grilled corn coated or tossed with mayo, sour cream, cheese, chili powder and lime juice. In this recipe, we’re adding in some cumin and tossing it with creamy avocado, cilantro and red onion to create a street corn-inspired salsa to go in the tacos. YUM.
The jalapeño lime cashew sauce also acts as the mayo, sour cream & cheese to keep these healthy street corn chicken tacos dairy free.

Customize your street corn chicken tacos
These delicious grilled street corn chicken tacos are perfect for customizing to your taste & dietary preferences.

Keep them gluten free: just make sure to use gluten free corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. You can also try using grain free tortillas, if you prefer. We love the Siete brand.
Go lower carb: looking to reduce the carbs a bit? Serve all of the toppings over a bed of mixed greens, in lettuce cups, or even over cauliflower rice for an easy burrito bowl!
Swap your sauce: if you’re nut free, try this avocado lime sauce instead.
Make them plant-based: keep these tacos vegan or vegetarian by swapping the chicken for tofu! Marinate your tofu in the same sazon seasoning and grill it using this method or cook it over the stovetop.

How to grill chicken thighs for tacos

Preheat your grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grates.
Cook your chicken thighs for 6-8 minutes on one side.
Flip, and cook your chicken on the other side for 6-8 minutes more. When the internal temp reaches 165 degrees F your chicken is done.

Looking for more tips & tricks for grilling chicken? Check out our guide on how to grill the perfect chicken, and get perfectly grilled vegetables (like corn)!
Looking to bake them instead?
If you don’t have a grill you can easily bake these chicken thighs!

After marinating them, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake your chicken thighs for about 25-30 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165.

You can also roast the corn roast on a sheet pan lined with foil for 25 minutes at 375 – 400 degrees F. Don’t forget to get all of our tips for baking chicken here!

Easily prep these tacos ahead of time
You can easily save time and prep a few of the street corn chicken taco components 1-2 days ahead of time! Here’s what I’d recommend:

Prep the sauce. Reminder that you do not need to soak the cashews for 2 full hours — simply boil water and let them soak in the hot water for about 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can make the entire jalapeño cashew lime sauce the day before and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it! You’ll just want to give it a good stir before using it.
Marinate your chicken. You can also marinate your chicken for up to 24 hours before grilling it! This will not only save you time but it will also give the chicken extra flavor. Coat the chicken in all of those spices and store it in an airtight container in the fridge overnight.

Once you’ve prepped the sauce and chicken, you’ll just have to grill the chicken with the corn, assemble your tacos, and enjoy!
How to char tortillas
Your corn tortillas will be extra delicious with a little charring on them!

Turn on your stovetop burner to the lowest setting.
Place one tortilla on the burner and let it heat up for about 45 seconds – checking frequently to make sure it’s not burning.
Once it has the desired char, carefully flip the tortilla with tongs and char on the other side.
The tortilla might puff up a bit once you flip, which is okay!
Cover your tortillas with a dishtowel as you finish them so that they stay warm.

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I hope you love these crazy good street corn chicken tacos! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked them. You can also share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #ambitiouskitchen. Enjoy, xo!

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Crazy Good Street Corn Chicken Tacos

Prep Time 45 minutes minutesCook Time 30 minutes minutesTotal Time 1 hour hour 15 minutes minutesServesServes 4 servings
Incredible street corn chicken tacos made with flavorful sazon grilled chicken, seasoned grilled corn, fresh avocado salsa and an addicting jalapeño lime cashew sauce. These delicious grilled street corn chicken tacos are the perfect summer recipe the whole family will love!
IngredientsFor the sazon chicken:1 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs1 tablespoons olive oil1 teaspoon cumin1 teaspoon ground coriander1 teaspoon ground turmeric½ teaspoon garlic powder½ teaspoon oreganoOptional: ¼ teaspoon cayenne (only if you like a little heat)½ teaspoon saltFreshly ground black pepperFor the grilled corn:2 ears of corn, washed2 tsp olive oil½ teaspoon cumin½ teaspoon chili powderFor the salsa:1 avocado, diced1 jalapeno, thinly sliced⅓ cup finely diced cilantro¼ cup finely diced red onion1 lime, juicedFreshly ground salt and pepper, to tasteFor the jalapeno lime cashew sauce:½ cup raw cashews⅓ cup water, plus more to thin if necessary1 medium jalapeno, seeded1 clove garlic2 tablespoons fresh lime juice¾ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon onion powderFreshly ground black pepperFor serving:8 soft corn tortillasExtra thinly sliced jalapenosExtra cilantro
InstructionsSoak the cashews in 2 cups of warm water for at least 2 hours; otherwise I’ve found that you can easily speed up the process by adding the raw cashews to a pot with water and placing over high heat. Bring water to a boil, then immediately turn off the heat; let the cashews sit for about 30 minutes in the hot water, then drain.Once the cashews have finished soaking you’ll be ready to make the sauce: add drained cashews, fresh water, jalapeno, garlic, fresh lime juice, salt, onion powder and black pepper to a blender. Blend on high until sauce comes together. If you want a bit of a thinner sauce, add 1-2 tablespoons more water. Set aside.While your cashews are soaking, you can marinate your chicken: in a large bowl add chicken, olive oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper. Toss together to coat the chicken and allow it to marinate for 30 minutes-1 hour, or up to 24 hours.Next prepare your corn: drizzle corn with olive oil and rub with chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper.Now it’s time to grill both the chicken and the corn: preheat grill to 400 degrees F. Place the corn and chicken directly on the grill. Turn corn occasionally until charred and cooked for about 15-20 minutes. Grill chicken thighs for 6-8 minutes per side or until fully cooked and the meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm, then chop into bite sized pieces.Allow corn to cool a bit before cutting it off the cob and placing corn into a medium bowl along with following ingredients for the salsa: diced or sliced avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, red onion, lime and salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to combine.Char your tortillas if you’d like, then top each with a spoonful of the jalapeno cashew lime sauce, chicken, street corn mixture, extra jalapenos and an extra drizzle of cashew lime sauce on top. Enjoy! Serves 4; 2 street corn chicken tacos each.

Recipe NotesTo bake the chicken: after marinating them, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake your chicken thighs for about 25-30 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165.
To roast the corn: after seasoning your corn, roast it on a sheet pan lined with foil for 25 minutes at 375 – 400 degrees F.
See the full post for ways to customize these tacos and how to make them ahead of time for ease!

NutritionServing: 2tacosCalories: 512calCarbohydrates: 43.6gProtein: 30.4gFat: 26.3gSaturated Fat: 4.6gFiber: 10gSugar: 5.5g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats
This post was originally published on August 25, 2020, republished on July 21, 2021, and republished on June 5th, 2024.

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