Recipes Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Tacos

Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Tacos: A Taste of Paradise

Embark on a culinary adventure to the sun-kissed shores of Hawaii with these tantalizing Teriyaki Chicken Tacos. This fusion dish seamlessly blends the vibrant flavors of the islands with the irresistible allure of Mexican cuisine. Prepare to savor a symphony of sweet, savory, and tangy notes that will transport your taste buds to paradise.


For the Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the Chicken:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

For the Tacos:

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup pineapple salsa
  • Lime wedges, for garnish


Making the Teriyaki Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, and water.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water to form a slurry.
  4. Gradually add the cornstarch slurry to the boiling sauce, whisking constantly.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.

Marinating the Chicken:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken strips and 1/4 cup of the teriyaki sauce.
  2. Toss to coat evenly.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.

Grilling the Chicken:

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium heat.
  2. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any excess.
  3. Grill the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Assembling the Tacos:

  1. Warm the tortillas on the grill or in a skillet.
  2. Place a few slices of grilled chicken on each tortilla.
  3. Top with shredded cabbage, carrots, red onion, and cilantro.
  4. Drizzle with pineapple salsa and garnish with lime wedges.


  • For a sweeter sauce, add an extra tablespoon of brown sugar.
  • If you don’t have mirin, substitute with dry sherry or white wine.
  • For a smoky flavor, grill the chicken over charcoal or wood chips.
  • Serve with additional teriyaki sauce for dipping.


  • Add sliced bell peppers or onions to the grilled chicken.
  • Top the tacos with a dollop of sour cream or guacamole.
  • Use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas.
  • Serve with a side of rice or beans.

Nutritional Information:

One taco (without toppings) contains approximately:

  • Calories: 250
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Protein: 20 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 30 grams


Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Tacos are a culinary masterpiece that captures the vibrant flavors of the islands. With their sweet, savory, and tangy notes, these tacos will tantalize your taste buds and transport you to a tropical paradise. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply craving a taste of the tropics, these tacos are sure to impress. So gather your ingredients, fire up the grill, and prepare to embark on a culinary adventure that will leave you craving more.


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