Main Dish | October 16, 2019

Teriyaki Chicken Tacos

Warm flour tortillas filled with tangy teriyaki chicken, sweet pineapple salsa, and topped with queso fresco and crema Mexicana. These Teriyaki Chicken Tacos are a perfect weeknight dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes!

This post is sponsored by Cacique®.  All opinions are my own.

Islands Restaurant Menu Yaki Tacos on a wooden cutting board.

What Is A Teriyaki Chicken Taco?

Teriyaki tacos are flour tortillas filled with grilled chicken drizzled with teriyaki sauce, shredded lettuce, cheese, and pineapple salsa. That’s right, Japanese and Mexican fusion in a tortilla. Sounds unusual, but it’s delicious. Not only that, but it’s also incredibly easy to make at home.  

Islands Restaurant Menu Yaki Tacos on a wooden cutting board.

What Do I Need To Make Teriyaki Chicken Tacos?

I’ll give you all the details in a bit, but to make these tacos you’ll need:

  • flour tortillas
  • shredded lettuce
  • teriyaki chicken (recipe below)
  • pineapple salsa (recipe below)
  • Cacique® Queso Fresco
  • Cacique® Crema Mexicana

Yaki Taco ingredients.

Let’s Chat Cacique®

Cacique® Inc. is one of the top Mexican foods brands in the United States. I love that they are dedicated to producing authentic, fresh and high-quality Hispanic products. Cacique® Queso Fresco has been a staple in my home for years, as has their Crema Mexicana. I’m using both products in this recipe, and I also used them recently in my burrito bowl recipe.

What Is Queso Fresco?

Queso Fresco is a milky, fresh and salty cheese that is crumbly and creamy – similar in flavor and texture to ricotta, but with more savory, milky notes.

What Is Cream Mexicana?

An everyday table cream that has a neutral, fresh-tasting flavor, similar in consistency to crème fraiche. Drizzle or dollop as a topping or use it as a base for dips and spreads.

Be sure to check out Cacique®‘s website to see their full range of products. They have some delicious flavored creams, and a wide variety of cheese and chorizos.

Cacique queso fresco and crema.

What Do I Need To Make The Pineapple Salsa?

You’ll need:

  • red bell pepper
  • pineapple
  • cilantro
  • red onion
  • jalapeno
  • garlic
  • lime
  • mango (optional)
  • salt

Pineapple salsa ingredients.

How Do I Make The Pineapple Salsa?

  1. Dice your jalapeño, red onion, bell pepper, and pineapple. Mince your garlic.  Chop your cilantro.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and squeeze on your limes juice. Toss to combine and add salt to taste.

Pro Tip – Use an onion chopper to easily dice your ingredients.

How to make pineapple salsa.

What Do I Need To Make My Teriyaki Chicken?

You’ll need:

  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • water
  • cornstarch
  • cooked chicken

Teriyaki sauce ingredients.

How Do I Make My Teriyaki Chicken?

  1. In a small saucepan combine water, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger. Bring to a boil.
  2. Combine cornstarch and water and whisk into simmering sauce. Stir until thickened.
  3. In a large bowl combined cooked chicken and teriyaki sauce.
  4. Toss to coat.

How to make teriyaki sauce.

Options For Cooked Chicken

There are a few options for choosing your cooked chicken.  Let me go over a few:

  1. Shred the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken. I love this little cooking tip. The chicken is so tender and delicious.
  2. Cook chicken breasts in the instant pot and shred. Just use the poultry setting and allow a natural release.
  3. Boil chicken breasts and shred.
  4. Grill chicken and dice.
  5. Use pre-cooked chicken strips.

Islands Restaurant Menu Yaki Tacos on a wooden cutting board.

Teriyaki Chicken Taco Assembly

  1. On a flour tortilla top with shredded lettuce.
  2. Add teriyaki chicken.
  3. Top with pineapple salsa.
  4. Sprinkle with Cacique® queso fresco.
  5. Drizzle with Cacique® crema mexicana.
  6. Enjoy.

Islands Restaurant Menu Copycate Yaki Taco Assembly.

The Crown Jewel

We love our tacos around here. And our favorite Cacique® products are always the crown jewel. They definitely help us go #GoAutentico.

Islands Restaurant Menu Yaki Tacos on a wooden cutting board.

Taco Tuesday For The Win!

I need some more taco ideas for a taco party or taco Tuesday. Be sure to check out our:

Feeling hungry now? Go to CaciqueInc.com to learn more and find out where to buy all of their delicious, authentic products.

Islands Restaurant Menu Yaki Tacos on a wooden cutting board.

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Islands Restaurant Menu Yaki Tacos on a wooden cutting board.
Teriyaki Chicken Tacos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Warm flour tortillas filled with tangy teriyaki chicken, sweet pineapple salsa, and topped with queso fresco and crema Mexicana. These Teriyaki Chicken Tacos are a perfect weeknight dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: islands copycat recipe, teriyaki tacos, yaki tacos
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
Teriyaki Chicken Tacos
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked & shredded or diced *see notes
  • 1/3 cup Cacique® Queso Fresco
  • 1/3 cup Cacique® Crema Mexicana
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 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 fresh pineapple diced. (about 2+ cups.)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 jalapeño seeded and stemmed
  • 1 mango optional
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 purple onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
Teriyaki Tacos
  1. In a flour tortilla layer chicken, lettuce, pineapple salsa, queso fresco, and crema Mexicana.

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.
  4. Toss with cooked chicken to coat.

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 all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss to combine.

  3. Add salt to taste
Recipe Notes
Options For Cooked Chicken

There are a few options for choosing your cooked chicken. Let me go over a few:

  1. Shred the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken.   love this little cooking tip.  The chicken is so tender and delicious.
  2. Cook chicken breasts in the instant pot and shred. Just use the poultry setting and allow a natural release.
  3. Boil chicken breasts and shred.
  4. Grill chicken and dice.
  5. Use pre-cooked chicken strips.
Nutrition Facts
Teriyaki Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 760mg33%
Potassium 419mg12%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 747IU15%
Vitamin C 49mg59%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

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