Pulled Chicken Tacos with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

If you’re looking for a light and healthy recipe for homemade tacos, you have to try these pulled chicken tacos. The subtle flavor of the citrus basil vinaigrette adds a summery twist on what’s usually a heavy meal.

Pulled Chicken Tacos with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette. This healthy homemade taco recipe uses chicken breast, purple cabbage, kumquats, and basil. It's a light and subtle summer recipe.

Pulled Chicken Tacos with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

What’s the one pantry item that you can’t live without? For me, it’s extra virgin olive oil.

Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil recipe for chicken tacos

Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been my pantry staple since I began purchasing groceries 11 years ago, so when I was approached by them to create something fun for you guys I jumped at the chance. I love working with new to me brands to create something fun, but when it’s a tried and true family favorite I get incredibly excited to share something delicious and healthy with you. How tried and true is Bertolli? Did you know that they are the number one oil brand in the world with over 150 years of olive oil blending? One of my favorites is the Bertolli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it’s non-GMO and verified USDA Organic, made from organic olives and produced using organic farming standards.

Homemade Chicken Tacos with Citrus Basil Dressing

What I love about extra virgin olive oil is the fact that no matter what you’re in the mood for (and no matter how last minute, there is always a delicious option at your fingertips).

Cooking tip: Add your pulled chicken to the oven to crisp it up a bit

In fact, one of my favorite snacks is a bread, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. I say snack, but that’s actually what my husband and I enjoyed for dinner last night. Have you ever tried crusty bread drizzled with Bertolli with a little pepper on top? Heaven my friends, heaven. Dinner tonight is whole wheat pasta tossed with Bertolli, parmesan, sundried tomatoes, and whatever herbs I can find in my pantry. Simplicity at it’s finest.

Sweet Chicken Tacos with a citrus basil sauce

My friends at Bertolli set me up with a challenge. They gave me four ingredients to spark adventure in the kitchen:

  • Chicken or jackfruit
  • Kumquats
  • Bertolli’s premium extra virgin olive oil
  • Basil
  • A purple ingredient
  • An ingredient of my choice

Homemade chicken tacos with citrus basil vinaigrette

I’m on a bit of a homemade taco kick these days. I’ve expressed before the struggle I have with my son at dinner time, and pulled chicken tacos are a tried and true tactic. He enjoys getting in the kitchen with me to make tortillas and the fillings, so I knew that this healthy dinner prep would be a great way to get him involved in the kitchen and teach him some skills (and teach me some patience).

Citrus Basil Chicken Tacos

Pulled chicken tacos - a healthy and easy recipe to make for summer.

Since I have a picky eater in the house, I knew that the flavor had to be subtle. Nothing too sharp or “out there”, with a five-year old I walk on thin ice at dinner.

While I created the simply citrus basil vinaigrette, little C worked on the homemade flour tortillas (which also has EVOO in the recipe). If you don’t have time to make homemade tortillas, store bought is totally fine!

Healthy chicken tacos recipe

TBK’s Pro Tip: I used an Instant Pot to cook the chicken breast as I was short on time, but you could use a slow cooker. Just prep it in the morning and set it on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

I love these simple but unexpected dishes. Thankfully Bertolli’s passion and expertise have unlocked the power of olive oil. Olive oil is not “just another ingredient” but the star of this dish.

If you like this recipe, then you will LOVE these easy chicken tacos.

Pulled Chicken Tacos with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette. This healthy homemade taco recipe uses chicken breast, purple cabbage, kumquats, and basil. It's a light and subtle summer recipe.
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Pulled Chicken Tacos with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

If you're looking for a light and healthy recipe for homemade tacos, give these pulled chicken tacos a try. The subtle flavor of the citrus basil vinaigrette adds a summery twist on what's usually a heavy meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken tacos, Citrus Basil Vinaigrette, pulled chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 268kcal


  • 1 tsp Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 2 small kumquats
  • 6 leaves basil
  • Kumquat Basil Dressing see below
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 batch of homemade tortillas

Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3-4 kumquats
  • 2 kumquats zest
  • 3 Basil leaves


Preheat oven to 350

  • Add a tsp of Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the bottom of an Instant Pot and lay the raw chicken breasts over top. Top the chicken with 3 basil leaves and two sliced kumquats. Seal the instant pot and pressure cook for 15 minutes.
  • Once that is done, take out the chicken, lay on a foil lined baking sheet and pull the chicken apart with two forks.
  • Spread the chicken out evenly throughout the pan and top with 3 basil leaves (torn up). Bake for 15-20 minutes, enough to crisp up the chicken a bit.
  • While the chicken is in the oven, 1/3 cup Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, kumquats, zest, and basil leaves to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust to the desired sweet/sour levels (the rind is sweet).
  • Take the chicken out, and pour 1/2 cup of the citrus basil vinaigrette over the chicken breast. Mix.

Assemble Tacos

  • Add the chicken, purple cabbage, more chicken to your tacos. Top with desired about of citrus basil vinaigrette.
  • Optional: serve with optional spicy dressing (mayo and hot sauce). 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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Citrus Basil Chicken Tacos

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli. The opinions and text are all mine.

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12 comments on “Pulled Chicken Tacos with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette”

  1. 5 stars
    That sounds so good! I love citrus in dressings and recipes. It adds such a fresh flavor. Om nom nom.

  2. I was literally looking for a recipe for pulled chicken for tacos yesterday. I like this take on it. It’s not the usual flavors.

  3. These tacos sure do look tasty. I love the addition of the purple cabbage making them really eye catching.

  4. These look amazing! I love all the color too. That makes it look even more delicious.

  5. These pulled chicken tacos look amazing. I am always looking for healthy recipes to make for dinner. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make this on the weekend. I’m sure it will be a big hit with my family.

  6. 5 stars
    I never would’ve thought to put citrus OR basil on chicken tacos! This looks so tasty. Going to use my Instant Pot to make the chicken. Hope the kids like it!

  7. Definitely a tasty recipe. THe vibrant colors make it look irresistible 

  8. Olive oil, Balsamic, and bread is one of my favorite snacks too! Yum! These tacos look heavenly! Thanks for the recipe. Sharing on FB. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

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