I absolutely love when Praveena and I get a chance to just hangout and cook together. The only thing that makes it an even better time (besides cocktails) is when our husbands decide to hang around the kitchen and get involved in the mix of what is going down. They make things interesting because they have an opinion, but yet they say that they do not. So all of a sudden they have a spice recommendation or a cooking temp suggestion, usually followed by a nonchalant comment while they sip a new whiskey that they are taste testing. Sometime soon Praveena and I will have to do a post just on whisky and what it pairs well with (at our houses anyway). While meal planning and chatting one night a phenomenal chicken taco recipe was born and it is a true group collaboration. This dish is flavorful, fun, and delicious while at the same time being an entire household pleaser. Everyone from grandmother to toddler was able to personalize their tacos and control their own spice level. In our houses we call this a major win! We hope that your family enjoys these tacos as much as our’s did. Side note, this recipe may seem like there are a lot of ingredients and that it might be tricky, but that is not the case at all. If we can make this meal for all nine of us while looking after four children you can make it too. Happy cooking friends!
Tandoori Chicken Tacos
8 hours don't freak the chicken marinates overnight
Combine chicken, tandoori spices, salt, chili powder, and garlic paste, in a gallon ziplock and marinate overnight. The amount of spices really depends on your own personal taste. I always mix the spices in a little bowl and taste it then add it to the chicken and garlic in the ziplock. After everything as been added into the ziplock squeeze all the air out and seal. Massage everything together and place into the fridge overnight.
Make your bomb diggity yogurt sauce. This can completely be made the day before. It is really nice to just have some on hand because it livens so many dishes up. Oh, and fun fact this sauce can be used to cool down your taste-buds when you accidentally add too much chili. Here is what you do: mix the yogurt together with the salt, cucumber, tomato, pinch of salt, splash of lemon juice, and cilantro to taste. If you find that your sauce is just a bit thick for your liking add just a little water and remix. Cover and refrigerate.
While your chicken is cooking you can chop cilantro, crumble your queso fresco, and heat up tortillas. It is always a good idea to keep your tortillas nice and hot. If you do not have a tortilla warmer there is a nice little trick that can be used. Get a plate and put a dishtowel on it then place the hot tortillas on the dishtowel and cover with another dishtowel. Just keep putting the hot tortillas in this little pocket you have created.
Assemble those tacos! Add as little or as much of the chicken and fixings as you wish. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy these tasty little things.
We paired our tacos with fresh fruit and a watermelon agua fresca.