Easy Chicken Tacos Pibil Recipe

Pibil is a classic Mexican dish that uses spices like ancho chile paste mixed with orange juice to form a delicious marinade. The protein, typically pork, is then set to braise in between banana leaves for a long period of time. The result is like no other. 

How to Make a Pibil Marinade

During college, I used to prepare this dish along with the prep cooks at my first restaurant job in Miami. The restaurant is Talavera (shout out to chef Oscar and the golden Lebron-Wade-Bosh Miami Heat days).

Since I love the flavor profile of this dish so much, I decided to create a quick version for you to use and enjoy Trifecta Chicken (or you can also use the Trifecta Shredded Chicken), while keeping the essence of the flavor of the pibil marinade.

The spice mix can be multiplied x2 to a large quantity and create a saucier look and feel to the chicken. If you eat pork, I highly suggest you search for a typical pibil recipe and give the classic recipe a try. Or if you can find this classic recipe in a restaurant, don't turn your head away from it. It's that good


  • 16 ounces Trifecta chicken breast, diced or Trifecta pulled chicken
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Cabbage slaw, store-bought (¼ cup divided between all tortillas)
  • 4 Lime wedges - (1 lime quartered)


  • 2 tablespoon ancho powder
  • 2 tablespoon red chili powder (any)
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoon coriander, ground
  • 2 teaspoon Mexican oregano, dry
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Kitchen Needs:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Small whisk or fork
  • Saute Pan
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

Step One: Prepare Wet Spice Rub and Mix Chicken

Mix all spices in a bowl along with orange juice and olive oil. Mix until fully incorporated. A wet paste will form.

Remove pulled Trifecta chicken from container and transfer to a large bowl. Toss the 16 ounces of chicken in the ancho wet spice mix. Make sure all chicken is well and evenly coated.

Step Two: Prepare Cabbage, Warm up Tortillas, Plate

Warm-up the chicken in either a microwavable bowl or a saute pan by spraying the pan with a light coat of spray oil. Once warmed through, keep aside warm covered until needed.

Warm tortillas either on an open flake in the stop top or on a warm skillet. Keep warm in a towel, covered until needed.

Prepare the slaw in a separate bowl. Dress it with a sprinkle of salt and lime juice.

Build tacos by laying a small base of coleslaw on top of the tortilla, and 2 ounces of chicken on top pickled red onions and picked cilantro leaves. Enjoy!

Storing and Serving

If you are meal prepping the chicken ahead of time, you can simply mix the spice mix and the pulled chicken. Transfer to a Tupperware and store in the fridge for up to a week. Typically cochinita pibil is served with pickled red onions. You can buy some at the store or make them yourself. 

Serve this recipe with a side of Meal Prep veggies, like our green bell peppers and broccoli.

Suggested toppings: Pickled red onions, Oaxaca cheese, fresh cilantro, or small diced pineapple

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Easy Chicken Tacos Pibil Recipe


05 min


05 min




Dig into these delicious and easy chicken tacos pibil with a homemade ancho rub.


  • 16 ounces Trifecta Chicken Breast, diced
  • 8 Corn Tortillas
  • 4 Lime wedges
  • 1 cup cabbage slaw, store-bought
  • Homemade Rub

  • 2 tablespoons ancho powder
  • 2 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • 2 teaspoons coriander, ground
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano, dry
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Mix all spices in a bowl along with orange juice and olive oil.

  2. warm up the chicken in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or in a saute pan and toss with the marinade, set aside to keep warm while heating the tortillas on the stovetop.

  3. Prepare the slaw in a separate bowl by tossing the cabbage with a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt

  4. build the tacos by layering the warmed and marinated chicken with the sale and enjoy.


Servings: 4 | Calories Per Serving: 275

  • Total Fat 10
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Total Carbohydrates 17
  • Sugars
  • Protein 27
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C