Barbecue Chicken Fry-Bread Tacos

  • serves 8

Not just served at powwows, you can make your own Fry-Bread Tacos right at home! These tacos are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. You can use any style of meat toppings, but one of our favourites is the caramelized grilled barbecue chicken. There’s is an art to layering these tasty tacos. Start with your fresh fry bread, shredded lettuce, grilled barbecue chicken, topped with your own quick homemade pebre (salsa, Chilean style) adapted version from our Indigenous friends of Chile.

50 Ratings
Directions for: Barbecue Chicken Fry-Bread Tacos


Fry Bread

3 cups flour

2 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

½ cup sugar

3 cups milk or water (approx.)

Pebre Salsa

2 cups finely diced fresh field tomatoes

½ cup finely diced red onions

½ bunch cilantro, finely chopped

3 Tbsp canola oil

1 Tbsp lime juice, about 1/2 fresh squeezed lime

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1 pinch salt

Barbecue Chicken

8 (5-oz) cage-free chicken breasts

3 Tbsp butter and cooking oil, for frying

1 cup barbecue sauce

Toppings & Assembly

1 head lettuce, shredded

8 oz sour cream

1 cup shredded cheese


Fry Bread

1. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre, slowly add milk or water to the well and gently stir and fold until just combined. Dough will be slightly sticky. Let dough rest for 15 minutes.

2. In a large cast iron pan, heat cooking oil to 350ºF.

3. Lightly flour your work surface and turn the dough onto floured surface. Sprinkle dough with flour and pat dough lightly until flour is absorbed.

4. Cut off a piece of dough, flour lightly and pat piece of dough into a 4 inch diameter circle. Flatten and stretch between your hands to about 1/2 inch thick.

5. Gently place flattened dough into hot oil, cooking until golden brown, about 1 to 1-1/2 minute per side, turning only once. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Pebre Salsa

1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and let rest for the flavours to meld.

Barbecue Chicken

1. Thinly slice chicken breast lengthwise into ½-inch strips.

2. In a large cast iron pan, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add sliced chicken, season with salt and pepper. Cook until no pink remains and internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Lightly brush with your favourite barbecue sauce. Grill until slightly caramelized and golden brown.

Toppings & Assembly

1. For each taco, place a piece of fry bread on your plate, start with a handful of shredded lettuce over your fry-bread, add strips of the caramelized chicken breast on top, dollop of sour cream, a few tablespoons of shredded cheese, top it off with a tablespoon of Pebre salsa!

Source and Credits

Recipe courtesy of Sharon Bond

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