Recipe courtesy of Shauna Havey

Chicken Banh Mi Tacos

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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For the chicken:

1 6-inch piece lemongrass (white part only), roughly chopped

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

2 teaspoons fish sauce

2 cloves garlic

2 teaspoons chopped peeled fresh ginger

Juice of 1 lime

Freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 3 medium)

For the vegetables:

1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

2 teaspoons honey

Kosher salt

2 carrots, cut into matchsticks

3 to 4 radishes, thinly sliced

2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced

For the tacos:

Vegetable oil, for brushing

1/3 cup hoisin sauce

1/2 cup sour cream

Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges for serving

2 teaspoons Sriracha

4 scallions (white and light green parts only), chopped, plus more for topping

8 small flour tortillas

Chopped fresh cilantro and sesame seeds, for topping


  1. Marinate the chicken: Combine the lemongrass, soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, lime juice and ½ teaspoon pepper in a food processor and puree to make a coarse paste. Transfer the paste to a large resealable plastic bag, add the chicken, squeeze out the air and seal. Gently move the chicken around inside the bag to coat. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  2. Marinate the vegetables: Whisk the vinegar, sesame oil, honey and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add the carrots, radishes and jalapenos and stir to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 minutes.
  3. Make the tacos: Brush a large grill pan with vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill until just cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board; slice the chicken against the grain and brush with the hoisin sauce.
  4. Combine the sour cream, lime juice, Sriracha and scallions in a blender; blend until smooth. Heat the tortillas in a dry skillet or in the microwave. Divide the chicken among the tortillas. Drain the marinated vegetables and add to the tacos. Drizzle with the lime crema. Top with more scallions, cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve with lime wedges.
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