Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

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


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.