Air Fryer Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

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Prepare yourself for one-of-a-kind Air Fryer Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema. While the list of ingredients for this chicken taco recipe might be lengthy, don’t let that shy you away from this delicious Mexican dish.

After making this recipe, it will be perfect for when someone asks for excellent recommendations for Mexican food.

This is definitely one of our first choice recipes for a family dinner recipe to substitute for going out to Mexican restaurants.

So to keep your Saturday evening spicy, make this delicious, and personal favorite at a reasonable price.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

air fryer chicken tacos

  • Chicken thighs
  • Zest

Chicken seasoning:

  • Avocado oil
  • Fresh lime juice (zest before juicing)
  • Chili powder, or more to taste
  • Smoked or sweet paprika
  • Minced garlic
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • Red pepper flakes, optional

Avocado Crema:

  • Avocado ripe
  • Sour cream
  • Lime juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Spicy Garlic Lime Sauce:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce (or to taste)
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Supplies needed for chicken tacos:

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Tongs
  • Air fryer (Cosori Pro II)

What to serve with spicy chicken tacos?

There are great options for chicken tacos. You can keep it simple by serving it with some air fryer rice, some nacho cheese, and tortilla chips.

Fresh red salsa is also a great option and also works as a great topping for chicken tacos.

Basically, any of the traditional Mexican food will work great.

air fryer chicken tacos

Can you cook taco shells in an air fryer?

You definitely can make heat-up taco shells in the air fryer. It might even be a good move to keep the taco shells pliable and roll just the way you want.

Or if you want crispy or hard shells on your menu for dinner, then you can also spray the shells with a little oil and heat them up.

Just roll up a little aluminum foil and put it between the shells to create the shape that you want and pop them in the air fryer at 400 degrees or 200 degrees C for 2-3 minutes.

How to make Air Fryer Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

Step 1: Create the seasoning mix

air fryer chicken tacos

Quickly throw the fresh lime juice, avocado oil, chili powder, paprika, minced garlic, kosher salt, and a dash of red pepper flakes in a small mixing bowl and stir it all together.

Step 2: Season the chicken

air fryer chicken tacos

Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl and then coat the chicken with the seasoning mixture until completely covered.

Step 3: Add to the basket

air fryer chicken tacos

After the chicken is properly seasoned, add it to the bottom of the air fryer and season it again with a healthy amount of fresh lime zest.

Step 4: Air fry the chicken


air fryer chicken tacos

Air fry the chicken for 12 minutes at 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Make sure to flip the chicken half way through the cooking time to ensure the chicken cooks all the way through.

Step 5: Top the spicy tacos

air fryer chicken tacos

Remove the chicken and enjoy the tacos with avocado creama, garlic lime seasoning, and desired toppings.

How to make homemade avocado crema and spicy garlic lime sauce:

air fryer chicken tacos

Mix ingredients together in respective bowls. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge until ready to use.

air fryer chicken tacos

If you want, you can always make the sauce up a day ahead.

Dessert to serve after chicken tacos

Dinner is great, but dessert is always a great choice. Here are some of my favorite dessert recipes to whip up quickly in the air fryer:

air fryer chicken tacos

Final Thoughts

If you are in the mood for Mexican food, this amazingly flavorful Air Fryer Chicken and Avocado Crema is an amazing find.

Not only is it filling, but the whole family will love these creative tacos.

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Air Fryer Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

Find the best balance of spices in this Air Fryer Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema. Simple, fresh, and completely delicious.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4




Avocado Crema

Spicy Garlic Lime Sauce:


  • Mix seasonings together in a bowl.
  • Add chicken thighs to bowl and cover in seasoning mixture
  • Place in the air fryer basket. Top with lime zest (to taste)
  • Air fry for 12 minutes at 400F, or until internal temp reaches 175F, flipping at the halfway point.
  • Remove and enjoy with avocado creama, garlic lime seasoning, and desired toppings.

For Avocado Crema and Spicy Garlic Lime Sauces

  • Mix ingredients together in respective bowls. Store in an air tight container in the fridge until ready to use. Can make a day ahead.


Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 49g | Sodium: 720mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g

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Ingredients: Avocado, Avocado oil, Black pepper, Chicken, Chili powder, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic, Kosher Salt, Lime, Lime Juice, Lime Zest, Mayonnaise, Paprika, Sour Cream, Sriracha
Meal Type: Main Dish, 4th of July, Back to School, Fall, Halloween, Summer, Super Bowl Party
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer
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