May 5, 2010

Yaki Tacos

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I know Cinco de Mayo was yesterday...don't worry I am not a day late this isn't really a Mexican dish. Don't be fooled by the taco label.

This is a little Polynesian answer to the taco. We first came upon this recipe from Top Secret Recipes years ago. From the first bit when the teriyaki sauce ran down our fingers, we were IN LOVE. You will need a little prep time, but I promise you it is worth it. If you are making it for a crowd, be prepared to have them ask for these again.

Yup, they are that good.

So let me introduce you to, the Yaki Taco...

Yaki Tacos

Teriyaki Sauce (best sauce EVER)

1 3/4 cups water
1 T cornstarch
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup canned 
pineapple chunks (sliced into quarters...I know it sounds lame but just do it)
1/4 cup juice from can of pineapple
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
2 t minced fresh ginger ( I use the equivalent of ground, I am not fancy)

2-3 chicken breast, cut up into bit size pieces
12 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded 
monterey jack cheese
4 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded (eyeball it)
1 1/2 cups canned pineapple chunks (again in quarters)
1 1/2 cupped tomatoes, diced (not pictured, we just didn't have them)
1/2 cup chopped green onion

teriyaki sauce by whisking cornstarch into water in med saucepan. Add remaining ingredients, then bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 7-10 minutes. Let sauce cool before using for marinating.

After it is cool, 
measure out 1 cup and set aside. Use the remaining to pour over chicken. Cover chicken and let marinate for at least six hours....if you are thinking ahead overnight is best.

When chicken is done marinating, slightly oil a large skillet over medium/low heat. Remove chicken from sauce and saute in the pan for 8-10 minutes until browned on both sides (toss out rest of marinate). Microwave leftover sauce until it is hot. Pour sauce over the cooked chicken.

To build tacos, preheat another skillet and warm one side then flip over and put 2-3 T of cheese in the middle and let it stay in until cheese starts melting. Remove and then put 3-4 chicken pieces on, then layer lettuce, tomato, 
pineapple and green onions, not to mention a little bit of sauce.

Oh...PS you will want some napkins on hand...they are messy...delightful...but messy.


Cinderella, the A-Train and Our Little Caboose said...

I have made these MANY times. Very tasty!

Elle Sees said...

Looks yummy!!!

Keri said...

oKy im all over these next pay period for SURE. thanks

Im all about pinnaple kinda dinners.

Nicole Maki said...

Mmmm. Those sound and look really tasty.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. The brownie topped cupcakes were really delicious - I think a regular cupcake won't be as good anymore. *grin*


Micah-Noel said...

Looks great! I love teriyaki. :)

Maggie said...

YUM! these look good! This is going on my to-make list ASAP!! Thanks for sharing :)


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