Low Calorie Drunken Yardbird Tacos

I recently tried the Knockout Tacos at Qdoba, and the Drunken Yardbird Tacos were by far my favorite. I wanted to see if I could cut the calories and make these yummy chicken tacos at home. The result was a delicious, skinny copycat recipe of Qdoba’s Drunken Yardbird Tacos. These gluten free tacos are so low calorie due to the corn tortillas. I know we all love flour tortillas (well, most of us) but this simple swap can save you 100’s of calories! Plus the tequila lime chicken tacos are so flavorful, you may not notice!. I like to make a double batch of the tequila lime marinated chicken, and add one bag to the freezer, and one to the fridge. This way I’ve already prepped a dinner for next week! It’s a great way to meal prep without adding too much extra work.

Drunken Yardbird Tacos

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 limes divided
  • ¼ cup tequila optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder if you’re looking to reduce salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup Organic Salsa
  • ½ red onion minced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons cojita cheese crumbled
  • Hot sauce optional

Low Calorie Drunken Yardbird Tacos

Healthy Drunken Yardbird Tacos Meal Prep and Storage

Meal Prep: You can meal prep 2 ways. You can cook the healthy recipe completely then store for later, or add the ingredients to a bag, mix and add to the freezer for later.
Storage: Will hold in the fridge for 5 days and the freezer for a month.
Reheating: Reheat in the microwave for 1-3 minutes, or in a 350 degree oven until warmed through (about 20 minutes)

Low Calorie Drunken Yardbird Tacos

Drunken Yardbird Taco Ingredients:

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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 331 kcal


  • gallon freezer bag
  • large skillet


  • 3 limes divided
  • ¼ cup tequila optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder if you’re looking to reduce salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cup Organic Salsa
  • ½ red onion minced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons cojita cheese crumbled
  • Hot sauce optional


  • Drunken Yardbird Tacos Directions:
  • You will want to marinade the Drunken Yardbird Tacos for as long as possible, a minimum of 1 hour, however 12-24 hours is better.
  • To a gallon freezer bag combine the juice of 2 limes, tequila, chili powder, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Slice the chicken breasts into two thin filets. Add the chicken filets to the Drunken Yardbird taco marinade, refrigerate until you are ready to cook. (Note- I do this the night before, you will need 1-24 hours of marinating time.)
  • Add the oil to a large skillet and heat on medium high heat. Add in the chicken (reserve the Drunken Yardbird Taco marinade) and cook for 5 minutes on each side, until browned and a little charred.
  • Meanwhile make the guacamole. Add the avocado, 2 tablespoons of the salsa, 2 tablespoons of the red onion and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro to a bowl. Cut the remaining lime into wedges and squeeze 1/4 to 1/2 of the lime juice over the avocado (reserve the remaining lime wedges for serving). Mash the guacamole well with a fork, add salt and pepper as needed, and set aside.
  • Once the chicken is mostly cooked and a bit charred, remove from the skillet and turn off the heat. Add the reserved Drunken Yardbird Taco marinade to the skillet.
  • Chop the chicken into small bites and add back to the skillet. Cook on medium high heat until the marinade is absorbed by the chicken, about 10 minutes.
  • To assemble the Drunken Yardbird Tacos: Top the tortillas with chicken, red onion, cilantro, cojita cheese, salsa and guacamole. squeeze over some lime juice and a dash of your favorite hot sauce.


See below for more nutrition information. 


Calories: 331kcal
Keyword chicken, chicken tacos, tacos
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