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Chicken tacos are topped with a sweet and crunchy mango and jicama salad in this taco favorite.

Fiesta Chicken Tacos with Mango and Jicama Salad on Taste and Tell

Photo Updated September 2013

Originally published June 16, 2009 – I was doing some organizing on my computer and came across a folder of photos of old posts that I had updated. These tacos were in the bunch, and I just had to re-share them here today. These are one of my favorite tacos – there is something about that sweet and crunchy salad that tops these easy chicken tacos that is irresistible to me. If you’ve never tried jicama before, this is a great recipe to try. Make them for Taco Tuesday (or Taco Sunday, or Wednesday, or… you get the point!)

I’m usually about 2 months behind on my posting. So, most of what you see in June (besides the Cookbook of the Month posts) was actually made in April. I’m trying to catch up, but it just doesn’t seem to be working right now! Needless to say, some of the details and memories of the meals from 2 months ago fade. But not this one. I remember everything about these tacos, because they were so delicious!! I guess the tacos in and of themselves were just chicken tacos, but the mango and jicama salad on top really brought these tacos to a new level. The sweetness from the mango and the crunchiness from the jicama was such a great combination.

If you are looking to step up taco night at your house, this is the way to go!

Fiesta Chicken Tacos with Mango and Jicama Salad
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Chicken tacos are topped with a sweet and crunchy mango and jicama salad in this taco favorite.
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¾ cup julienne-cut peeled jicama
  • ½ cup diced peeled ripe mango
  • ¼ cup sliced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 cup mixed salad greens
Make the salad:
  1. Combine all of the salad ingredients. Let sit until the tacos are ready.
Make the tacos:
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with the chili powder and cumin. Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook until the chicken is browned and almost cooked, about 3 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the same pan. Add in the bell pepper and onions. Cook until the vegetables are crisp tender, about 3 more minutes. Season with the salt. Return the chicken to the skillet and cook until the chicken is cooked through, another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Warm the tortillas. To serve, place about 2 tablespoons of the greens down the center of each tortilla, topped with ⅓ cup of the chicken and about 2 tablespoons of the salad.
slightly adapted from Cooking Light March 2009

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30 Responses to Fiesta Chicken Tacos with Mango and Jicama Salad

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Once again, I cannot resist that kind of yummy food! Those tacos are mouthwatering!



  2. isa says:

    I love the mango and the jicama association. Your tacos looks just lovely!

  3. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    That looks like a perfect summer supper!

    I am the same way with my blog back-log. Except that if I made it two months ago, I can't remember where the recipe is. Then I can't blog it. Frustrating!

  4. Ryley says:

    With all these taco recipes I just have to say that you havent lived until you've had taco's with WalMart's homemade tortillas! If you havent had them I promise it is worth a trip completely out of the way to get them. But you have to find one that actually makes them in store!

  5. Fearless Kitchen says:

    I can see why you remember all the details – these look delicious. I'm a sucker for anything mango, of course 🙂

  6. Spryte says:

    Those look delicious!

  7. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Fish Tacos are incredible and that salad that is playing with it YUM!!!

  8. kat says:

    Great taco toppings, sweet & crunchy

  9. ashley says:

    those tacos look gorgeous!

  10. Maria says:

    I am craving Mexican now! I have got to try that salad to go with!

  11. Kristen says:

    I've had this recipe bookmarked to try every since that magazine arrived. Glad to hear it is awesome!

  12. Katerina says:

    I can't believe I have still NEVER cooked (or used) jicama before. What am I waiting for, seriously!

  13. Jean Bugs says:

    These look delicious! And I am sooo glad I am not the only one posting on food I ate a month ago! I almost feel normal now 😉

  14. Abby says:

    I've never had jicama, but I see it on TV all the time.

    And I want you to know that I just typed "I've never jad jicama" and had to fix it.


  15. Kim says:

    I would love this before I have a bowl of that great sherbet that you just made.

  16. Cara says:

    These tacos look great and easy too! I just posted about some pork tacos with mango, but I'm loving the addition of jicama too! Mmmmm!

  17. Erin says:

    These caught my eye too! I'll have to try them; they look delicious!

  18. Claire says:

    I love adding mango to Mexican salads…it's got the perfect kind of sweet to go with spicy!

  19. Emily says:

    I know what you mean! I still have things I made from April.

    This is so funny, because I made something similar last night. It was a taco with mango. We have the worst mangoes here. I've never had a good one.

  20. Grace says:

    this recipe is chock-full of right and completely devoid of wrong–i love EVERYTHING about it, and you've depicted it wonderfully!!

  21. eatme_delicious says:

    I've only used jicama once before but your salad inspires me to try it again!

  22. ♥Rosie♥ says:

    Those tacos are mouthwatering good!

  23. elly says:

    These look delicious, and they're so beautiful. I adore jicama. I, too, am behind on my blogging and I think a few plates will have to get pitched because I can't remember them very well! I've started trying to compose posts and save them with the ingredients (posting later) but of course that doesn't always work.

  24. Colleen says:

    This looks wonderful – nice and fresh!

  25. Shannon says:

    Perfect! Thank you 🙂 I've been looking for a way to use up the jicama I got the other day.

  26. Sarah (Team Chilton) says:

    I love all of the colors. I am going to try this soon. Thanks

  27. These look so good. Yes, perfect for a taco night.

  28. Chicken tacos are my favorite, love the mix of vibrant colors!

  29. Chels R. says:

    I adore Chicken Tacos and Jicama is so yummy! Great combo!

  30. Emily says:

    I think you need to come over every Tuesday and take over our #TacoTuesday meals. 😉

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