Seared Chicken Tacos with Watermelon Salsa

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $3.49
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2Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless, butterflied in half
1 tspSmoked Paprika
1 tbspLemon Zest
1 tbspOlive Oil
8Plain or Corn Tortillas
1/4 tspSea Salt and Black Pepper
2 cupsWatermelon, small dice
1/3 cupFresh Mint and/or Cilantro
1 tbspLemon or Lime Juice
1/2Avocado, sliced
1 tbspOlive Oil
2 tbspCrumbled Feta or Queso Fresco
1/4 tspSea Salt and Black Pepper


  1. Season chicken breast with olive oil, smoked paprika, lemon zest and a pinch of salt and pepper. This can sit to marinate for 15 minutes up to 12 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. To cook the chicken breast bake in the oven at 400 °F for 30 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165 °F.
  3. Or tear a piece of parchment paper a little smaller than the base of a sauté pan. Over medium high heat, cook the chicken on one side for about 3 minutes. Flip the chicken onto the other side, cover the pan with a lid and cook for about another 5 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165 °F.
  4. Combine all the ingredients for the watermelon salsa together in a bowl, season to taste.
  5. Slice the chicken, add to the tortillas and top with some of the watermelon salsa. Enjoy!


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