Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

Main Dish, Mexican, Poultry, Quick Meals | 34 comments

This week, Land O’Lakes challenged me to create a twist on an old favorite recipe. I think we all have our favorite go-to recipes we can whip up with our eyes closed. And, what family doesn’t consider tacos a go-to mealtime favorite?

I know we do, so I decided it was time to get creative in the kitchen and develop a new twist on the old standby tacos. Something light and fresh for the spring and summer months ahead, but also easy enough for lazy, hot summer days.

Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

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Just like in last week’s challenge, I used chicken tenderloins as a part of the dish. I love how chicken tenderloins cook up so fast, are incredibly tender, and don’t take all day to thaw.

Chicken tacos sounded lighter and more refreshing option for this time of year than the standard Mexican-flavored ground beef.

Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

I browned some chicken tenderloins in a pan with Lemon Pepper flavored Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. The lemon pepper provided a fresh, bright flavor for the chicken and didn’t require me to prepare any marinades ahead of time.

Then, instead of the usual lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream, I filled the taco shells with a crunchy cilantro-lime slaw and a few slices of avocado to go with the chicken.

I really loved this recipe! Another way of serving the filling is to place it inside lettuce leaves, such as iceberg or butter lettuce, instead of a tortilla. This will increase vegetable intake, as well as keeping the recipe low-carb.

Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

These lemon pepper chicken tacos with cilantro-lime slaw are perfect for those nights when I don’t want to eat something that is too heavy on the stomach.

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Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

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2 squares Lemon Pepper Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
1 pound chicken tenderloins, thawed
6 ounces finely shredded cabbage
2–3 carrots, shredded
1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
¼ of a small purple onion, cut in half and then sliced thin
1 lime, juiced
1–2 avocados, halved, pit removed and sliced
½ cup crumbled plain feta
8 crunchy taco shells, flour tortillas, or lettuce leaf cups


In a sauté pan, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Add the thawed chicken and cook for 3–5 minutes, or until browned. Turn and cook the other side until browned and the chicken is cooked through. While cooking, brush some of the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter on the side of the chicken facing up.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the cabbage, carrot, red bell pepper, cilantro, onion, and lime juice. Toss the ingredients to coat with the lime. Set aside. This may be prepared up to a day in advance and refrigerated.

After chicken has cooked, slice or shred it into bite-sized pieces. Divide the meat between the eight taco shells, tortillas, or lettuce cups. Top with the avocado and cilantro-lime slaw and sprinkle with feta cheese.

Best served immediately once assembled.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. All opinions are my own.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Jen W. - April 09, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    I would love to use the garlic and herb as a basis for chicken fettucini alfredo. I think it would be delicious!


  • 2
    Katie - April 09, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    I bet it would really add a great taste to my go to stir fry recipe!


  • 3
    Amy Tong - April 09, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    What a beautiful twist on the tacos. I love it. Can’t wait to give your recipe a try. My idea for a new twist on a go-to recipe would be using the Garlic and Herb Saute Express starter to cook some wild mushroom, carrots, spinach and onion to create a vegetarian fried rice. That would be much better than the same old, meaty version. :) Can’t wait to try that.

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  • 4
    Brenda - April 09, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    I love grilled sandwiches and garlic & herb express sounds like it would add great flavor.


  • 5
    Tieghan - April 09, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    What an awesome twist on tacos!! i will in any thing in taco form!! your photos are beautiful!


  • 6
    TK - April 10, 2013 @ 3:25 am

    I would make a twist on a meatball sub by making it with Greek-inspired “gyro” lamb meatballs sauteed with the Garlic & Herb Saute Express. I would add a squeeze of lemon at the end. The meatballs would be accompanied by tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, and a sprinkle of feta cheese. Everything would go inside a nice, crusty sub roll. I think the garlic and herb flavors would be delicious with Greek ingredients!


  • 7
    Lauren Wyler - April 10, 2013 @ 6:08 am

    I would use the garlic and herb flavor to quickly sauté some bagged baby spinach and fry some eggs. I would place the spinach and a slice of tomato on top of a toasted whole grain English muffin and then top it with the fried egg!! Breakfast for dinner in a new way :)


  • 8
    Amy L - April 10, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    I’d like to try your Lemon Pepper Tacos with Saute Express. I’d also try the Lemon Pepper with tilapia. I bet that would be good made into tacos as well, with some cabbage slaw, tomato, and avocado.


  • 9
    Melissa C. - April 10, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    I would make Chicken Fettucine Alfredo


  • 10
    Jeffrey - April 10, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I would use the Garlic and Herb Saute Express to create a twist on my homemade Mac and Cheese, adding some sauted chicken.


  • 11
    Kate - April 10, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Those Express butters are perfect for fish, especially Salmon; I love the garlic and herb option with grilled salmon as it adds such great flavor. And they would be terrific for making grilled cheese sandwiches, too!


  • 12
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions - April 10, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    These tacos look wonderful! I think the lemon pepper would be nice to cook some chicken and make a fresh pasta salad with spring time veggies!


  • 13
    Inna - April 10, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    Those tacos look so good! I would deff try to make those!:)


  • 14
    Prathi - April 10, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    I would use the sauté express sauté starter to stir fry some broccoli / brussel sprouts along with peppers & even flavor croutons with them.


  • 15
    Sara - April 10, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    I would make these tacos!


  • 16
    Malerie C. - April 10, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    I used to make L&P chicken back in my college days so I would use the saute starter to make that….but I think I would shred it and eat it in sandwiches for lunch this time around….or as a salad topping!


  • 17
    Allison - April 10, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    This looks so yummy! Perfect for a quick week night meal, which I’m always looking for. I can’t wait to try these.


  • 18
    Margot C - April 11, 2013 @ 1:06 am

    I want to use the savory butter and olive oil one on a slab of salmon (in the beautiful pan!) then make tostadas with arugula, some Havarti and an avocado sauce.


  • 19
    Kathleen - April 11, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    I’d like to try the Lemon Pepper Saute Express with fresh Tilapia and serve it over a nice rice pilaf.


  • 20
    Sadie - April 11, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    These tacos sound delicious and I’m always looking for family-friendly, exciting meals! Thanks for the chance to win!


  • 21
    BreAnn - April 11, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

    I bet the Italian one would be delicious to use withthe old favorite of chicken and veggie pasta.


  • 22
    Kaye - April 11, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    I would definitely use the lemon pepper one with salmon, which I would place on bed of mixed greens and veggies!


  • 23
    Khanh Tran - April 12, 2013 @ 1:20 am

    I’ve been adding avocados to a lot of my recipes lately, like mac-n-cheese, hummus, and smoothies. It definitely gives my old standbys a twist!

    With the saute starters, I think lemon and pepper would be wonderful on fish, so using your tacos as inspiration, maybe lemon and pepper fish tacos!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity =)


  • 24
    Jackee - April 12, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    A new twist for my family is flavoring greek yogurt with chili powder and lime juice to top tacos, yum!


  • 25
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) - April 12, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    These tacos caught my eye on Pinterest – mouthwatering!


  • 26
    Loraine - April 12, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    These look delicious! I think I would try this with a flank steak instead of marinading it. Can’t wait to try your recipe Katie!


  • 27
    tina page - April 12, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    the garlic and herb would be a nice start for make chicken alfredo. just add cream and parmesan to the starter and away we go!


  • 28
    Jen - April 12, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    Katie – those look so delicious! Can’t wait to make these:)


  • 29
    Mary Beth Elderton - April 13, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Your taco recipe looks absolutely delicious! I think almost this exact recipe would be wonderful for a main dish salad with lots of greens.


  • 30
    gigi kennedy - June 06, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I’m thinking these sauté starters may be a good start for risotto. thinking it would really flavor the base and you can keep the rest of the recipe super simple & fresh w/ seasonal veggies. Would also cut out one of the steps of a risotto making it a great go-to for weeknights. Bon Appetit!!


  • 31
    John@ The Bread Makers - July 03, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    This recipe looks really good. I can’t wait it give it a try.


  • 32
    Laura - July 15, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    Mmmmm what a delicious summer meal! Cilantro Lime Slaw sounds so refreshing. Very good!


  • 33
    Lynn bb - August 02, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    I would sauté shrimp and add some veggies and rice for a quick weeknight dinner.


  • 34
    Jamie - September 26, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    Holy cow, this sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing!


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