Black Pepper and Ginger Chicken Taco with Red Curry-Peanut Sauce and Peanut Relish

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  • Total: 4 hr 32 min
  • Prep: 4 hr 25 min
  • Cook: 7 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Chicken marinade:

1 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons peanut oil

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

4 boneless chicken breasts


Red Curry-Peanut Sauce:

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 tablespoon red curry paste

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 cup coconut milk

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Peanut Relish:

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

1/4 cup chopped pistachios

Salt and pepper


8 blue corn tortillas, (6-inches each)

1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 cup grated white cheddar cheese

1/2 red onion, finely sliced

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

Cilantro, for garnish


  1. For Chicken Marinade: Whisk together soy sauce, oil, ginger, garlic and black pepper in a medium shallow baking dish. Add the chicken breast and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Heat a large grill pan over high heat until smoking. Remove chicken from marinade and season with salt to taste. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until just cooked through. Let rest 5 minutes, slice each breast on the bias into 6 slices.
  2. For the Red Curry Peanut Sauce: Heat peanut oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the curry paste and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the soy sauce, coconut milk and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the peanut butter and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. For the Peanut Relish: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  4. To Assemble: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay tortillas out on a flat surface. Divide both of the cheeses among the tortillas. Top the cheese with 3 slices of the chicken, some of the red onion and cilantro. Fold the tortillas over to form a half moon and brush the tops with peanut oil. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese melts. Serve 2 on a plate, drizzle with the red curry-peanut sauce and sprinkle with peanut relish and cilantro.
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