Main Dish | September 29, 2017

Yaki Tacos // Islands Copycat

You guys, my family and I just moved back to socal. I am so happy to be back in the golden state amongst some of my favorite restaurants!  Islands Restaurant is something I have loved since my college days.  I’m a sucker for a good blue cheese burger.  But my husband always gets an entree called the yaki tacos – as in teriyaki tacos. They have grilled chicken drizzled with teriyaki sauce, shredded lettuce, cheese, and pineapple salsa.  Sounds pretty delicious huh?  It’s also incredibly easy to re-create.  So today, I’m bringing you my Islands copycat Yaki Tacos recipe!

Yaki Tacos on wood platter, spanish rice in bowl, tortilla chips to the side

Asian/Mexican Fusion

You can start with some simple grilled chicken, or for a short cut – try rotiserrie chicken, or pre-cooked chicken from the deli section.  Toss your chicken in your favorite store bough teriyaki sauce, or use the easy recipe below.  This is where all of your flavor is going to come from.  That asian/mexican fusion is the perfect combo of my former home (Seattle) and my new home (San Diego).

tacos on letter board that reads, "Yesterday I really wanted tacos. Now I'm eating tacos. Follow your dreams."

Taco Taco Taco

You may have noticed that we have quite a few taco recipes here on the blog.  We take taco Tuesday very seriously, and it would be a shame if that tradition were to grow old.  So be sure to check out all of our taco recipes to keep your menu vibrant and tasty.

close up of yaki tacos, with tortilla chips to the side

The finishing touch to these teriyaki chicken tacos is the pineapple salsa.  I used Des’s recipe and it’s fabulous.  I’ve included the recipes here as well for easy taco making.  Also – if you’re like me and you’re always on the look out for some cute kitchen items, I’ve included some of the items I used in my post right here:

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Yaki Tacos - Islands Copycat
Yaki Tacos // Islands Copycat
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Delicious Yaki Tacos made with chicken, teriyaki sauce and an easy pineapple salsa.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: islands copycat recipe, teriyaki tacos
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 275 kcal
Author: Kadee
Yaki Tacos
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • 2 chicken breasts grilled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce recipe below
  • 1 cup pineapple salsa recipe below
Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
Pineapple Salsa
  • 1/2 of a fresh pineapple diced. (about 2+ cups.)
  • 1/2 of a small red bell pepper
  • 1/2 of a jalapeño seeded and stemmed
  • 1 mango
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 of a small purple onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste
Yaki Tacos
  1. In a medium bowl combine chicken and teriyaki sauce. Toss to coat.
  2. In a flour tortilla layer chicken, cheese, lettuce, and pineapple salsa.
Teriyaki Sauce
  1. In a small saucepan combine soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, and honey. Bring to a simmer.
  2. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Whisk until combined.
  3. Add to sauce pan and whisk until thickened.
Pineapple Salsa
  1. Dice all ingredients (you can use your food processor or blender, depending on how crunchy/minced you like your salsa)
  2. Combine together, let sit at room temperature for a few hours so the flavors can merry.
  3. Add salt to taste
Nutrition Facts
Yaki Tacos // Islands Copycat
Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 1629mg71%
Potassium 541mg15%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 810IU16%
Vitamin C 47.5mg58%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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