Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos

Tacos take a twist with an easy to make spicy Asian style chicken tacos.
Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos

Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

The Ready Set Cook cooking challenge is being continued in one of my cooking groups, and in this second part, I am posting this recipe for Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos for the Main Dish recipes.

I love tacos of any sort, as you can probably tell by my postings. And having them Asian is just a plus, as it reminds me of many Asian appies I have eaten time and again, like Larb or Lettuce Wraps.

So viewing the constricted list of ingredients I was challenged to make a main dish recipe with, these stood right out to me in blinding light. And while I couldn’t hone the tacos in on something like Thai or Korean due to the ingredient limitations,  the ones I had were more than plenty to bring on the flavor.

I am  quite pleased with the result.

Another year, another #RSC

If you recall, a couple weeks ago I told you about #RSC, in that I have been presented with a limited list of cooking ingredients and am confined to that to develop recipes. It’s sort of like a chopped basket.

Here are links to the recipes I created a couple of weeks ago in Round One:

Curried Chicken Lollipops

Vodka Paloma

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Soup

Wild Rice and Mushroom Cabbage Rolls

My Curried Chicken Lollipops appear to be the most well received, although  I like them all. I think the ease of that recipe made it popular.

And earlier in the week, I posted my first two RSC recipes for Round 2, one for desserts, another for condiments/sauces/gravies and also one for breakfast/brunch:

Blueberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Appalachian Tomato Gravy

Blueberry Oven Baked Pancake

Also, for those who have followed me online over the years, here is one of the recipes I put in for the first RSC on Recipezaar back in 2002. It won.

Santa Fe Pork Medallions with Peach Salsa

Here is another recipe that won in  a RSC a different year, and also in a CSM contest:

Strawberry Sweetheart Streusel Muffins

I also have had second and third place winners (I played whenever I could) but I don’t recall them all. I’ve been posting for over 15 years and the line of recipes goes back beyond easy memory.  I’d have to take the old brain and think  on it. 😉
Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos

#RSC Round Two

For the second round, the ingredients and courses have changed from round one. The object is to select a course, and create a recipe using one of the main ingredients and anything from the pantry list but nothing else. I wonder…what would you have made with these?

Round 2 – Theme – Spring – Categories :

  • Breakfast/Brunch 
  • Main Dishes 
  • Desserts/Sweets
  • Condiments/Sauces/Gravy

Round 2 –  Main Ingredients List   

  • Yellow cornmeal
  • Fresh papaya
  • Heavy cream
  • Ham
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Berries/ blueberries/raspberries/blackberries/strawberries/cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Herbs/fresh – mint/cilantro/parsley/chives
  • Chocolate
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Tart cherries

Round 2 – Pantry List

  • Soy sauce
  • Chicken /vegetable broth
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tortillas
  • Vegetables (tomatoes allowed as a pseudo-veg)
  • Nuts
  • Pineapple
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Honey
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Bananas
  • Baking soda
  • Flour/ white/brown/baking/rice/potato/corn
  • Applesauce
  • Vanilla extract
  • Bisquick
  • Sugar/ white/icing/brown/yellow 
  • Baking powder
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Plain gelatin
  • Liqueurs
  • Vinegar 
  • Certo – (thickener for jam/jelly) 
  • Hot Sauce 
  • Ginger/ nutmeg/cinnamon/all spice/mace/cardamom/star anise/coriander/fennel/caraway/anise seeds 
  • Beef 
  • Sour cream/ creme fraiche/thick yogurt 
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos

Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6-8 taco-size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded coleslaw mix, chopped until finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts
  • extra sriracha sauce (optional)


  1. Cook ground chicken, onions and garlic in butter until browned, keeping the heat low enough not to burn the butter.
  2. Stir in the ginger root, peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper, cooking until mixture is thick and crumbly like taco meat.
  3. Heat flour tortillas on a griddle.
  4. Place cooked chicken, coleslaw mix, chopped peanuts and cilantro on tortillas, adding extra hot sauce if you like it spicier.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

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3 responses

  1. This was fabulous!! I’m putting this recipe into my Best of 2018 file. It was so easy to prepare and it was absolutely delicious! Great flavor combinations and just the right amount of ‘heat’. Great creation!!

  2. Wow we loved these Asian inspired tacos Sue. Such great flavors and textures. The recipe was quick and easy to make, with everything complimented one another perfectly. Excellent use of the game ingredients. I’ll be adding this tasty treat to My Best of 2018. (BK)

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