These Haitian Chicken Tacos are insanely delicious. Loaded with juicy, slightly spicy tender chicken thigh strips, and topped with vibrant, refreshing pikliz. They are also served
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There’s something spectacular about mixing the flavors of two different cultures together. These chicken tacos have a hint of spiciness from the Haitian Epis, and the robust flavor from the taco seasoning which makes this dish one to remember.
This simple, Haitian – Mexican fusion dish quickly became another staple in my home when I am short on time. It’s a great way for me to combine my love of Mexican taco flavors with my love of Haitian food recipes. The flavors from both cultures do not overpower each other.
Why does this Haitian Chicken taco recipe work?
This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make.
The chicken marinade can be made ahead of time to make weeknight meals a breeze.
Removes the fuss out of taco Tuesdays.
A great fusion recipe to include crunchy flavors from the pikliz and Special Blends Garden Chopped Salad.
Taste of savory, fresh, spicy, and crunchy all in one bite.
How to make traditional Haitian Chicken?
Haitian chicken is often marinated for hours, even overnight. It usually includes lemon/lime juice, herbs, sometimes onions, traditional Haitian epis, cloves, and garlic, to name a few. The smell from the bowl as the meat marinate is enough to make your mouth water.
About these Haitian Chicken Tacos
The recipe for this dish also works well if you choose to grill the chicken instead of making it in one pot. Both the sauce and the chicken can be made separately; although I find it to be easier if it is combined in one pan. Chicken breast works well with this recipe as well. However, I try not to use chicken breast as much to eliminate dryness.
As you know I love bold flavors. I also start with gathering the ingredients first. I try to use fresh ingredients as often as I can, especially during the warmer days when preparing my marinated tomatoes to serve as a topping for this chicken tacos or salads.
Toppings for Haitian tacos
The taco is stuffed with marinated tomatoes; which is a great side dish that’s perfect for spring and summer. This tomato salad is prepared with fresh herbs, fresh lemon juice, and garlic.
I also added the special blends garden chopped salad from Wegmans for extra crunchiness. Then topped it with the Haitian pikliz for extra bold flavor. Feel free to also include spinach or cheese. This recipe actually works well with grated swiss cheese.
How to make Spicy Haitian Chicken Tacos
The key to any successful recipe, in my opinion, is to start with fresh ingredients as much as possible. S
I love to experiment with flavors, which is why I created a Haitian-Mexican inspired dish. Simply the best of both worlds!
To make this dish, you’ll need the following ingredients listed below:
4 boneless chicken thighs
2 Tbsp. Haitian Epis
1 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning
4 Taco Tortillas
Garnish with cilantro, Haitian Pikliz, lemon, marinated tomatoes, and sour cream (optional).
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Haitian Chicken Tacos
- 4 boneless chicken thighs
- 2 Tbsp. Haitian Epis
- 1 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning
- 4 Taco Tortillas
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ tsp. kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- Wash, pat dry, then cut the chicken into strips.
- Season with Haitian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine, cover, then let sit for 30 minutes.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil. Then add the chicken along with the marinade sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Stir constantly to avoid sticking.
- Add the taco seasoning and cook for an additional 10 minutes on medium-low heat. Serve warm with desired taco shell, marinated tomatoes, forkful pikliz, and garden or coleslaw salad for extra crunchiness.
- I used already prepared pikliz that was a few weeks old. If using pikliz as a topping, you can still get the crunchiness in the taco if prepared the same day. Using the garden chopped salad is optional.
- Be mindful that both the epis and pikliz will provide a little heat to the taco.
- You can use chicken breast to prepare this recipe.