Nightshade-Free Chicken Taco Recipe (corn-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Ali Segersten Dec 14, 2016 6 comments

I've got an easy, nourishing main dish recipe for you today! These Nightshade-Free Chicken Tacos are super easy to prepare and perfect if you are following our Elimination Diet or another special diet such as an autoimmune diet or a diet specific for arthritis. My children also love this recipe! The chicken taco filling is cooked in a Crockpot making the prep time less than 10 minutes. I like to serve the taco filling with my Plantain Tortillas (pictured here) or my gluten-free brown rice flour tortillas. The filling is also wonderful served inside of a baked half of a kabocha or delicata squash, topped with greens and sprouts of course!

Need a little more assistance in the kitchen creating this meal? Then check out the elimination diet video cooking series I created on how to make plantain tortillas and this chicken taco filling, plus a few more easy and delicious elimination diet recipes. You can sign up here to watch the videos.

Use this recipe for Phase 2 of our Elimination Diet program. Not quite sure what an elimination diet is? An elimination diet is a powerful tool to get to the root of most diseases and disorders. Why? Because most disease begins in the gut. The gut has the highest concentration of immune cells, and the most common thing that the immune cells will react to is food.

When you are constantly in pain, moody, and fatigued, your body is inflamed.

In other words, your immune cells are being irritated by something in your environment. What is the most likely suspect that is irritating you? Surprisingly, it’s your food.

Odds are that foods you are eating every day are leaving you sick and tired. How do you find out which ones? The Elimination Diet. This foundational tool of Functional Medicine has been used for centuries to discover which foods are making you ill and which ones can make you feel incredible.

The Elimination Diet is a simple process of removing all potentially problematic foods from your diet until your symptoms subside—usually a few weeks. Then you slowly reintroduce foods back into your diet, one by one, to see which ones bring your symptoms back. By finding the foods that are behind your suffering, you can completely turn your health around and elevate your quality of life. 

If you are curious about trying an elimination diet and not sure where to begin then check out our online Elimination Diet Support Program and Elimination Diet book, both of which provide excellent tools that walk you through each step of the elimination diet.

What if these new tools helped you to become a better you?

A lighter, more energetic, happier you! That's what doing an elimination diet is all about.

While on an elimination diet, you'll find that many of the foods you are accustomed to eating every day are off limits. You'll get to experience new flavors and new foods that promote healing at the cellular level. And you can start right now with these nightshade-free chicken tacos.


About the Author

Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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This recipe was delish! It looked way too simple to be good, but it was amazing. Thank you.

Gearing up for beginning this elimination test next week! I know the power of it, I did it once fifteen years ago when healing from fibromyalgia. Now it is time again, after slipping back into terrible eating, and getting my husband to do it too. Hoping it will help his allergies and sinus trouble. (If we can't get his nasal breathing open, he can't try a CPAP for apnea.)

Thank you so much for this site and the free recipes! It is encouraging, unlike all the depressing sites that only say what not to eat.
Thank you for this recipe! I have to test nightshade, as those are my most craved foods. And husband is allergic to raw potatoes and carrots. Easy substitution here with fermented carrots instead of raw. And thank you for saying you can just leave out onions and garlic. I have a sensitivity to these! ! So will have to adapt all recipes that include them. It will probably take months, if ever, for that one to go away. :-( I hate not being able to eat such powerful healthy food, that is a base for so many recipes.
Do you have any recommendations for flavor boosters when these are left out? Just bump up the other spices?

Hi Kate,

Yes! You can add all of the ingredients into an ovenproof dish with a lid....I prefer to use LeCreuset pots for this (enamel-lined cast iron pots). Just pop in the oven at 300 degrees F for 3 to 4 hours, then shred chicken with two forks, and then either simmer on the stove on low for about 10 minutes or place back into the oven for 10 to 20 minutes, and then serve. :)

Any tips for modifying this to the oven?

Hi there,

You can find the Plantain Tortilla recipe on page 357 of my Nourishing Meals book:


In an Elimination Diet cooking video series I did that you can sign up to watch here:

The tortilla recipe is grain-free, nut-free, and vegan. Enjoy! :)

Plantain tortilla recipe?

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