DeeLee's Thai Chicken Tacos & Bahn Mi Salsa

Just in time for #CincoDeMayo!

May 4, 2018
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I'm always looking for fun ways to make tacos.  We use cabbage as the tortilla all the time, plus we had chicken in the fridge.  So I thought it would be fun to make Thai Chicken Tacos.   But then I got to thinking about my Mexican inspired Turkey Taco Bites that I use a fresh pico de gallo salsa on top.  So why not make a salsa for these chicken tacos?!

I did a little research and realized that Bahn Mi is basically fresh veggies with lime, vinegar, and fish sauce, and a little sugar.  I'm mixing Thai and Vietnamese with this recipe which I'm not sure if that's legal, but it sure tastes great!

 

The Bahn Mi part of the recipe is just like making any other salsa.  A little chopping and a quick marinade will bring this topping for the tacos to life!

 

 

Thai Chicken Tacos & Bahn Mi Salsa

 

1 lb. chicken breasts

3- 6 cabbage leaves

 

Thai Peanut Sauce: 

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 8 oz. can coconut milk

1/2 cup fresh lime

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tbsp. agave (or you can use honey)

1 tsp. fresh garlic

1 tsp. fresh ginger

1 tbs. Sambol Oleleck  (optional..we like it hot)

 

Bahn Mi Salsa:

1 daikon radish diced

1 carrot pealed and diced

1 red bell pepper

3 green onions chopped

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

2 limes squeezed

2 tbsp. fish sauce

2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. sugar

 

1. Make your Thai Peanut Sauce first so you can use this to marinate the chicken.

2. In a food processor, mix the peanut butter, coconut milk, agave nectar, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, then add sambol oleleck to tasten and blend together until the texture is smooth and loose.

3.  Use half of the marinade on the chicken.  Make sure to wash, then pat your chicken dry.  Coat with a little oil, salt, and pepper.   In a large resealable bag add the chicken and half the marinade.  Place in refrigerator until you're ready to grill.  You can marinate this up to 24 hours.

4.  For the Bahn Mi simply chop and dice all the vegetables and add to a large bowl with the remainder of the ingredients.  Refrigerate while you prepare the chicken.  The longer this sets the better it gets!

5.  Preheat the grill.  Cook the chicken 7 minutes per side.  Then let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.  Slice into long pieces.

 

6.  Build your tacos by starting with a cabbage leaf, chicken, Thai Peanut Sauce, then the Bahn Mi salsa!  ENJOY!