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BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

The sweet tang from the barbecue sauce was the perfect balance to the smoky roasted tomatillo salsa. Topped with a perfectly ripe avocado and crispy purple cabbage, the tacos were simply sensational!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword bbq, chicken, tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 15 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 829kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 1 large bone-in chicken breast preferably organic and cage free
  • 1 large white onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 cans about 1 liter ginger ale (no sugar added if you can)
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce see below for my homemade recipe
  • 1 pound tomatillos husks removed and washed
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 corn tortillas I like these ones
  • 1 cup cabbage thinly slice
  • 1 avocado pit removed and sliced


  • Line the bottom of a crock pot with the chopped onions. Place the chicken breast on top of the onions and add the ginger ale. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook the chicken on high for 4 - 6 hours, turning down to low for another 2 - 4 hours.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the liquid and place on a cutting board until it's cool enough to handle.
  • Shred with two forks and place in a small sauce pan.
  • Add the barbecue sauce to the sauce pan and heat over low heat to warm the chicken back up.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Toss the tomatillos in 1 tablespoon olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Roast in the oven until the tomatillos begin to soften and their juices start to ooze out, about 5 - 7 minutes.
  • Add the roasted tomatillos, cilantro, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a high speed blender and blend on low until you have a smooth consistency.
  • Heat the tortillas in a microwave or over medium heat in a dry saute pan.
  • Serve the chicken onto each tortilla, top with cabbage and sliced avocado and drizzle with tomatillo salsa.
  • Wrap up and enjoy!


gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free | egg-free | nut-free | soy-free


Calories: 829kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1052mg | Potassium: 1915mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 55.3mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 3.9mg