Today, I broke in my Blackstone Air Fryer & Grill Combination and came up with this wonderful and delicious recipe for dinner! Blackstone Griddle Mojo Chicken Tacos.
They’re amazing, and they cook up so quickly. I actually was going to pair them with a side of air fryer asparagus, but by the time the chicken was done cooking (in less than 4 minutes), I was too late.
If you don’t know what this grill is all about, it’s a built-in air fryer and grill all in one. So, while you use the griddle, you can also use the air fryer below in one of the three air fryer baskets. The best of both worlds, especially since summer is coming.
Blackstone Chicken Tacos
My kids love Mexican Food, so I thought, why not do a test run and grill up some chicken tenders? Easy enough. They were done to perfection before I knew it, and the chicken was tender and delicious.
Here is What You Need To Make These on your own grill or griddle, depending on what you have. And you can also make them in your air fryer.
- Chicken Tenders
- Mojo Marinade
- Pickled Onions
- Shredded Cabbage
- Salsa Verde
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Black Pepper
How To Make Blackstone Griddle Chicken Tacos
Start by preheating the Blackstone on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Then toss your chicken tenders in about 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season your chicken tenders with salt and black pepper.
Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, flipping the chicken a few times during cooking. The exact time will depend on your big your chicken tenders are. Mine were bite-sized.
Toss with the mojo marinade and add back to the griddle for about a minute or two.
Heat the tortillas in the microwave or on the grill, and then pile on your toppings. I added up some pickled onions and shredded cabbage and drizzle some salsa verde on top.
Tips For Cooking Chicken Tacos On Blackstone Griddle
Cooking chicken tacos on a Blackstone griddle can produce deliciously juicy and flavorful tacos. Here are some tips to help you achieve the best results:
- Preheat the Griddle: Before you start cooking, preheat your Blackstone griddle to medium-high heat. This will ensure that the chicken cooks evenly and develops a nice sear.
- Prepare the Chicken: Season the chicken with your preferred taco seasoning or a blend of spices such as chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and salt. You can also marinate the chicken beforehand for extra flavor. Ensure that the chicken is patted dry before placing it on the griddle to prevent excess moisture.
- Oil the Griddle: To prevent the chicken from sticking to the griddle, lightly oil the surface. Use an oil with a high smoke point, like vegetable oil or canola oil. Use a brush or paper towel to coat the griddle with oil evenly.
- Sear the Chicken: Place the seasoned chicken on the preheated griddle and let it sear for a few minutes on each side until it develops a golden brown crust. Avoid moving the chicken too frequently to allow proper searing and browning.
- Maintain Proper Heat: Once the chicken is seared, reduce the heat to medium or medium-low to continue cooking without burning the exterior. This will help ensure the chicken cooks evenly and remains juicy inside.
- Cook Until Fully Done: Continue cooking the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C) for safe consumption. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature, inserting it into the thickest part of the chicken. Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken pieces.
- Rest and Slice: After removing the chicken from the griddle, allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Resting allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in tender and juicy meat. Slice the chicken into thin strips or bite-sized pieces, ready to be assembled into tacos.
- Toast Tortillas: For that extra touch of flavor, quickly toast the tortillas on the griddle. Place them directly on the hot surface for a few seconds on each side until they become slightly charred and pliable.
- Assemble Your Tacos: Now it’s time to assemble your chicken tacos. Load the tortillas with the grilled chicken and your favorite toppings like shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, avocado slices, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Don’t forget your favorite salsa or sauce for added flavor.
- Serve and Enjoy: Once your tacos are assembled, serve them immediately while they’re still warm. Enjoy the delicious combination of perfectly cooked chicken and flavorful toppings.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating mouthwatering chicken tacos on your Blackstone griddle. Happy cooking and savoring your homemade tacos!
What temperature should I set my Blackstone griddle for cooking chicken tacos?
Preheat your Blackstone griddle to medium-high heat before cooking the chicken. Once you’ve seared the chicken, reduce the heat to medium or medium-low to ensure it cooks through without burning.
How long should I cook the chicken on the griddle?
Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the chicken pieces. It’s important to cook chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C) for safe consumption. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature, inserting it into the thickest part of the chicken. This ensures the chicken is fully cooked and tender.
Should I marinate the chicken before griddling?
Marinating the chicken before cooking can enhance its flavor and tenderness. If you choose to marinate, do so for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator. Ensure the chicken is patted dry before placing it on the griddle to prevent excess moisture.
Can I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?
Absolutely! Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are an excellent choice for chicken tacos. They are juicy and flavorful, and they cook well on the griddle. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as chicken thighs might take slightly longer than chicken breasts to cook through.
Can I use pre-cooked or leftover chicken for tacos on the griddle?
While using pre-cooked or leftover chicken for tacos on the griddle is possible, it won’t result in the same grilled flavor and texture as cooking the chicken raw—pre-cooked heat chicken on the griddle until warmed through and combine it with your favorite seasonings and toppings.
How do I prevent the chicken from sticking to the griddle?
Ensure the griddle is well-oiled before placing the chicken on it to prevent sticking. Lightly brush or wipe the griddle surface with oil using a high smoke points oil like vegetable oil or canola oil. This will help create a non-stick surface.
Can I cook vegetables alongside the chicken on the griddle?
Yes, you can cook vegetables alongside the chicken on the griddle. Sliced bell peppers, onions, and even corn can be grilled on the griddle for delicious toppings and added flavor to your chicken tacos.
What other toppings and garnishes go well with chicken tacos?
The toppings and garnishes for chicken tacos are versatile and can be customized according to your preferences. Some popular options include shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, avocado slices, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, and various salsas or hot sauces. Get creative and choose the toppings that appeal to you.
How should I store any leftover grilled chicken for future use?
Once cooked, cool the grilled chicken to room temperature and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Properly stored, it should stay fresh for up to 3-4 days. Ensure the chicken is reheated thoroughly before using it in leftovers or other dishes.
More Blackstone Mexican Recipes
Blackstone Griddle Chicken Tacos
- 1 pound chicken tenders
- 1 cup mojo marinade
- 8 regular tortillas, flour or corn
- 1 cup pickled onions
- 1 cup cabbage, shredded
- 1/2 cup salsa verde
- Salt & Black Pepper To Taste
- Start by preheating the Blackstone on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Then toss your chicken tenders in about 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season your chicken tenders with salt and black pepper.
- Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, flipping the chicken a few times during the cooking process. The exact time will depend on your big your chicken tenders are. Mine were bite-sized.
- Toss with the mojo marinade and add back to the griddle for about a minute or two.
- Heat the tortillas in the microwave or on the grill, and then pile on your toppings. I added up some pickled onions, shredded cabbage, and drizzle on some salsa verde on top.
- Plate, serve and enjoy!
- Blackstone Griddle
- Cooking Oil, i.e., olive oil, etc.