Easy Healthified BBQ Chicken Tacos

Clean up your Taco Tuesdays by using organic ingredients to make these amazing gluten-free and dairy-free healthified comfort food BBQ chicken tacos.

Healthified BBQ Chicken Tacos

Healthified BBQ Chicken Tacos

Yep, we’ve gone and “healthified” Taco Tuesdays! Clean eating means different things to different people, but for us it is eating lean meats and clean organic veggies to avoid pesticides.

Check out the latest 2021 full list of pesticides in produce from EWG.

And we try to avoid anything else that may contain glyphosate (soy, corn, wheat, oats, canola, sugar, and the list goes on – it is hard to keep up as they now use it as a desiccant, too).

I also have to eat gluten-free and mostly dairy-free (goat’s milk is okay and so it a little aged Parmesan). But what is exciting is that there are now so many organic and non-GMO products that are gluten-free, too!

Healthified BBQ Chicken Tacos with Broccoli Slaw

So why not make our favorite BBQ chicken tacos with gluten-free and almost all organic ingredients!

And we changed up the slaw a little bit using a pre-cut broccoli and carrot slaw instead of cabbage. I’ve been digging this stuff lately. It’s great on salads, too.

Ingredients for Healthy BBQ Tacos

Anyway, here is what we used:

  • Smart Chicken Organic Air-Chilled Chicken
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Himalayan/Iodized Salt Mixture & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • HEB Organics, Gluten-Free Hickory BBQ Sauce
  • Organic Broccoli Cole Slaw
  • Organic, non-GMO Mi Rancho Corn Tortilla Sliders
  • Marukan Organic Rice Vinegar
  • McCormick Organic Celery Seed
  • Good Flow Local Pure Wildflower Honey

HEB has an extensive line of Organic products. And you really can’t go wrong shopping at a local Co-Op that carries lots of clean foods and products. I love our local Wheatsville!

Chicken Choices

There are lots of options for chicken to use in this recipe.

We really love this air-chilled organic chicken and the way it tastes. There is a real difference.

Roasted Organic Air-Chilled Chicken

This 4 1/2 pound roasted chicken gives us about 4 cups of shredded breast and thigh meat. Lizzy dog gets all the dark meat, since it’s not my favorite.

But if you don’t have time to roast a whole chicken there are other options for sure.

  • boneless chicken thighs cook much faster, about 20 minutes at 400 F
  • bone-in breasts can cook in about 45 minutes at 400 F
  • an organic pre-cooked rotisserie chicken takes no time at all (make sure it is gluten-free, too)
HEB Organics Hickory BBQ Sauce Gluten-Free

And I really like this organic, gluten-free Hickory BBQ sauce. But again there are a lot of options for the BBQ sauce.

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Healthified BBQ Chicken Tacos

Taking one of our favorite Taco Tuesday treats, BBQ chicken tacos, and making them a little more healthy by using gluten-free and organic ingredients.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ chicken tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Deana Larkin Evans


  • 1 small organic air-chilled chicken (4 cups shredded)
  • 1 cup HEB Organics GF Hickory BBQ sauce
  • 12 non-GMO corn tortilla sliders
  • 1/2 cup organic rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp local wildflower honey
  • 1 bag organic broccoli carrot slaw
  • 1 tsp organic celery seed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Place the chicken in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove from oven when chicken is cooked through and set aside to cool. 

  3. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and shred.  Add the BBQ sauce to coat the shredded chicken. 

  4. Meanwhile, make the slaw.  Whisk together the vinegar and honey.  Wash the broccoli slaw and place in a ziploc bag.  Add the vinegar mixture and celery seed.  Shake the bag and place in the refrigerator for about an hour.  Flip once or twice so everything is coated.  Drain any excess liquid before adding to the tacos. 

  5. When ready to assemble the tacos, place a wet paper towel on a microwave safe plate. Stack each tortilla on the paper towel and spray with olive oil. Wrap the paper towel around the stack and microwave for 1 minute to make them pliable.

  6. Serve the corn tortillas stacked with the shredded BBQ chicken and slaw on top.  Enjoy!

Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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