Simple Tandoori Chicken Tacos

That’s RIGHT I did, yo.

Okay seriously – “yo?” I swear, if there was a Nerd Jar on this internet blog website, I’d be BROKE AS A JOKE. <— see? help me.

The true fact deal is, I haven’t been able to get the pizza version of these out of my head. Wait, are these the taco version of the pizza or was that the pizza version of the tacos? AND LIFE UNFOLDETH IN ITS PERPLEXITIES ONCE AGAIN BEFORE OUR VERY EYES.

$5 in the Nerd Jar? Already?


So this is basically the same principle as before – you marinate chicken (thighs! boom.) in the yogurt/tandoori mixture overnight. And then you grill ’em up and slice ’em up. Simple as PIE. I mean tandoori chicken tacos.

And then you slice up some red onion and sloooooowly caramelize the bajuju out of them. If you don’t know what “bajuju” is then I feel really sorry for you. And I am not putting any more money in the jar. For at least an hour.


Oh! One minor edit from the pizzas; instead of sliced mango I picked up some jarred mango chutney. But say it like CHUT-A-NEY and have no friends ever.

Pile, layer, layer, pile, pile, dollop, garnish, dollop, dollop, pile, layer, pile, garnish and yes.


You KNOW you wanna get. in. that.

And P.S. Don’t worry. I’m not going to stay all vintagey on you forever. It must be the TIDAL WAVE OF MY BRITTLE SOUL.

Okay fine. $20 in the Nerd Jar.

Simple Tandoori Chicken Tacos:

What it took for 6 tacos:

* 1 pound chicken thighs, trimmed of any excess fat
* 3 Tbs. plain Greek yogurt
* 2 tsp (or more!) tandoori paste
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
* 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
* 2 Tbs. sweet mango chutney (from a jar is what I used and it was wonderful)
* 6 whole wheat tortillas

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt and tandoori paste. Stir together until smooth. Place the chicken thighs into the bowl and toss to coat with the marinade. Cover and stick in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Overnight is best!

Heat 1 Tbs. oil in a medium skillet over low. Add the sliced red onions and caramelize them until they are reduced, sweet, and candy like, about 40 minutes.

Heat the remaining oil on an indoor or outdoor grill. Grill the chicken until cooked through, with nice grill marks on both sides, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cover to rest 5 minutes. Slice thinly.

Then you just assemble! Heat the tortillas on the grill, oven or microwave. Then lay the chicken slices in the center of each tortilla, followed by some caramelized onions, shredded romaine, fresh cilantro a good dollop of the mango chutney.

This is life, you guys.

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25 Responses to Simple Tandoori Chicken Tacos

  1. Kathryn May 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm #
    Love the way you mash up different types of food and create something utterly delicious!
  2. Cassie May 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm #
    Looks simply fantastic!
  3. Cookbook Queen May 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm #
    Me, you, these tacos, dinner. The nerd jar can go jump off a bridge. We don't need it spoiling our fun.
  4. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids May 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm #
    Oh, Bev. I have said it once, and I will say it again. I think that I love you...or at least your food and your blog. But, to me, that is you. So, yep, I think I love you. :)
  5. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm #
    OO i need some tandoori paste in my life asap!
  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm #
    Great twist on tacos :)
  7. chelcie @ chelcie's food files May 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm #
    gah these look so delicious! I love tandoori flavors!
  8. Lauren May 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm #
    Holy moly! These look divine!
  9. bridget {bake at 350} May 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm #
    Oh, I need these! It's 9:26am and I NEED them!
  10. Heather May 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm #
    these are so delicious, yo ;)
  11. Tessa @ Handle the Heat May 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm #
    What a fabulous twist on tacos!
  12. Julie @ Table for Two May 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm #
    love the flavors of this dish and seriously love me some tacos!!
  13. Mary Miller | A Passionate Plate May 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm #
    Yum. And more yum.
  14. Julia {The Roasted Root} May 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm #
    I'm all about simple chicken marinades. PLUS tandoori chicken is delicious, why not put it in a taco? You're super smart! :)
  15. Lauren - Hippie Dog Co. May 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm #
    You are awesome! LOL. I love reading your blog - not just for the recipes either. Although, that being said, this is pinned and on my menu plan for next week! YUM-E!
  16. Tina {my life as a mrs} May 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm #
    Indian meets Mexican??!!? I like where your head is at! :)
  17. claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm #
    This looks so yummy!!!
  18. Jen May 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm #
    I love when you find a recipe that's so good that you want to reinvent it in 1,000 other ways!
  19. Katie (Epicurean Mom Blog) May 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm #
    One word...DELICIOUS!
  20. Kristen May 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm #
    You are too hilarious and those are too delicious. Loving it!
  21. Michelle May 10, 2012 at 1:24 am #
    Looks delicious, YO!
  22. Karla @ Foodologie May 10, 2012 at 1:32 am #
    I'm a fan of these fusion foods like this! A few weeks ago I had a korean + mexican fusion = short rib taco --> Amazing!
  23. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm #
    I just made the pizza version of this last night for dinner - loved it!!! These tacos would be amazing too. I know what I am going to use more of my tandoori paste for!
  24. Marina {} May 11, 2012 at 5:30 am #
    Did you just say tandoori and tacos in the same sentence?! You are a genius, my friend!
  25. Deborah May 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm #
    Will you pretty please send some of these my way? I could totally eat them right now, even thought it's morning, and I just ate breakfast...

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