Spice-Rubbed Chicken and Vegetable Tacos w/ Chipotle Cream

Chef Richard 6 Servings 25 minutes

This is a wonderful party dish: It comes together quickly and tastes amazing. Look for chipotle chiles canned in a spicy tomato sauce call adobo and smoked paprika here at Miles Farmers Market. Serve the tacos with a cilantro slaw: Toss purchased cole slaw mix with equal parts canola oil and lime juice and add chopped cilantro.


  • 1½  cups sour cream
  • 1  tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles (about 2)
  • 2  tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1  tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2¼  teaspoons chili powder
  • 2  teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1½  teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 2  small zucchini, quartered lengthwise into ¾-inch-thick strips
  • 1  red bell pepper, seeded, cut lengthwise into ¾-inch-thick strips
  • 2  tablespoons canola oil
  • 1  pound skinless boneless chicken breast halves, each halved horizontally
  • 12  5-to 6-inch diameter corn tortillas, warmed


  • Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Whisk sour cream and chipotle chiles in small bowl; season with salt. Whisk brown sugar and next 4 ingredients in another small bowl to blend for spice rub.
  • Place zucchini and bell pepper on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with canola oil; toss to coat. Sprinkle spice rub over both sides of vegetables and chicken.
  • Place chicken and vegetables on barbecue. Grill until vegetables are tender and browned in spots and chicken is cooked through, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes. Transfer to work surface; cut chicken crosswise into ½-inch-thick strips. Cut vegetables crosswise into ¾-inch pieces. Place chicken and vegetables in large bowl; toss to blend.
  • Place chicken and vegetables, chipotle cream, and tortillas on table. Allow guests to assemble their own soft tacos.

Note: This spice rub is a kind of “instant” alternative to a marinade, adding a burst of flavor very quickly. If you don’t have time to make the rub here, purchase one of our spice blends; look for those that don’t contain a lot of salt or monosodium glutamate.