Thank you McCormick® for sponsoring these Teriyaki Chicken Tacos post. All opinions are my own.
Fire up your grill for Teriyaki Chicken Tacos smothered in the BEST easy teriyaki sauce and piled high with sweet and smoky Grilled Pineapple Pear Salsa all drizzled with silky Pineapple Lime Crema. Company worthy. Everyday easy.
Move over Chili Lime Chicken Tacos, there’s a new taco in town. Last year for Memorial Day, I shared my Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa – and they have remained my favorite taco recipe since then. I’ve loved the other taco recipes I’ve posted in between but they did not bump the Chili Lime Chicken Tacos from their coveted pedestal. Until now.
These Teriyaki Chicken Tacos are savory, sweet, spicy, tangy and everything in between to become your new favorite tacos. They epitomize this upcoming season’s Grilling Flavor Forecast of East meets Grill that’s going to be firing up everyone’s grill this summer. If you aren’t familiar with the Grilling Flavor Forecast, it identifies the top trends and flavors for the year ahead and this summer is all about discovering and savoring new tropical Asian flavors as well as versatile spice blends with good-for-you ingredients and experiencing spicy with tangy (my forever fav!). You can explore these tastes of tomorrow today at FlavorForecast.com and kick off the deliciousness with these Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Pear Salsa!
The symphony of textures starts with a bed of rice layered with Monterey Jack Cheese and then topped with the show stopping teriyaki chicken. Now teriyaki chicken (and subsequently teriyaki chicken tacos), are only as good as the teriyaki marinade/sauce – so the teriyaki sauce better be jaw dropping delicious. To create such encore worthy flavor, I used McCormick® Grill Mates® 7 Spice Teriyaki Single Use Marinade – my jaw is still on the floor.
If you have followed Carlsbad Cravings for any time at all, you know I LOVE spices AKA bold flavors. So to be honest, before I tasted Grill Mates® Teriyaki Sauce, I was strongly tempted to doctor it up a bit but I decided I would try it at least once exactly as is. I should have known, after all, it is McCormick,the king of spices – the marinade was perfect! The chicken was tender, juicy and packed with multi-dimensional flavors – my kind of obsessive worthy chicken!
And obsessive worthy easy. Simply reserve 1/4 cup of the teriyaki sauce to toss the chicken in after grilling (stovetop directions also included) and marinate the chicken in the remaining sauce for 30 minutes up to overnight. That’s it! Easy and delicious and just in time for warm weather, stress free grilling!
The Grill Mates Teriyaki Marinade is inspired by the East Meets Grill trend from this year’s Grilling Flavor Forecast report with the winning equation of Sweet + Soy + Spice, perfect spice. You can mix up the Asian flavored sauce by infusing it with other Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Filipino, or Korean flavorings to suit your mood or meal – the possibilities are endless with such a fabulous base. But for these Teriyaki Chicken Tacos, the sauce is perfect just the way it is.
To pair with this show stopping teriyaki chicken, I wanted something bright and fresh with a nice crunch that would add a sweet, tangy and slightly spicy punch, so I paired it with Grilled Pineapple Pear Salsa. HEAVEN. I already drooled over the salsa HERE, so I won’t wax too effusive, but let me just say this salsa with its caramelized pineapple and onions, sweet and slightly crunchy pears that add a nice Asian flair, smoky red bell peppers and jalapeno with hints of lime, cilantro, cumin and ginger can stand alone in its deliciousness but makes these Teriyaki Chicken Tacos that much better. As in top spot pedestal better.
Lastly, these tacos are drizzled with super creamy Pineapple Lime Crema which is a simple mixing of pineapple yogurt, lime juice and a touch of mayonnaise – so creamy, sweet, tangy and just so perfect for Teriyaki Chicken Tacos.
I hope you can make these tacos soon so you can eat them soon! Once your done drooling over their splendor, check out Grill Mates website HERE for more epic grilling flavors all season long, like Black Pepper Sesame and Soy Glazed Salmon with Grilled Bok Choy and check out FlavorForecast.com for more global trends shaping the future of flavor! My immediate future says Teriyaki Chicken Tacos…
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