Sunday, July 18, 2010

Yaki Tacos

*Photo courtesy of Just Another Day In Paradise blog
A-MAZ-ING!  You've got to try this refreshing and new take on a taco.  They were delicious!

Yaki Tacos
From Just Another Day In Paradise Blog

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

Make 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.


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