Chicken Tikka Tacos

This dinner is easy, and will make you seem like a hero to your family. Theseus, who fought the awful Minotaur in a labyrinth, did not receive as many props as you will for this throw-together meal.

There are three components, all of which can be made ahead, basically. Start the chicken marinating in the morning, if you can face raw chicken before eight A.M. Also, the raita will be better for getting its flavors mingled and married all day, so do that, too.

The dough you could start the night before, on a Sunday, for example, while the family is engrossed in football, or have a competent older kid follow the recipe after school, and leave the rounds of flatbread on a floured board covered in a tea towel. That way, when you get home all you have to do is cook the chicken (which cooks itself), heat a pan and flip the flatbread, which takes literally three minutes.

Each piece is super simple, and yet the results are crazy delicious. It’s genius. I guarantee you there will be nothing left. Between filched pieces of resting chicken and the last of the bread swiped through yogurt dressing, this satisfies totally. And seems virtuous enough that you can justify going out for mint chocolate chip cones afterward. I love driving around in the late autumn looking for the last place still serving before the season ends. Eating ice cream in the dark in a warm car with the scent of wood burning stove drifting in is pretty damn idyllic. Get to it already!

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Chicken Tikka Tacos
 
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Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
For the Chicken
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small chunks
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For the Flatbread
  • 2¼ teaspoons active yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the Raita
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
Method
For the Chicken:
  1. In a mixing bowl combine yogurt and spices. Toss chicken in mixture so that all pieces are evenly coated. Marinate at least 30 minutes. Heat oil in a sauté pan over high heat. Shake off excess marinade and add chicken to hot pan evenly, in two-three batches. Cook until deep brown in color, turning over once, about 10 minutes.
For the Flatbread:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment quickly mix yeast, sugar, flour, salt, and thyme. Slowly stream in water until a dough ball forms. Remove to a floured board and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a large bowl and rub with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and allow the dough to rise in a warm spot for about an hour. Punch it down, then form into a smooth ball. Cut into 16 pieces. Use a rolling pin to roll very thin rounds. In a dry skillet over medium-high heat cook flatbread until bubbling, then flip. Cook another 2 minutes until dough has puffed up slightly. Keep warm on a plate in a very low temperature oven.
For the Raita:
  1. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients, seasoning to taste.
To Assemble Tacos:
  1. Assemble tacos with chicken first, drizzled with lots of garlicky raita.
Notes
Flatbread recipe adapted from the Food Network Kitchens.
Jillian Bedell

Jillian Bedell is a writer and mother living in a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine. She is very good at talking about herself in the third person. She is co-author of Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road. She creates content on the internet, on subjects ranging from summer camps to semi-precious stones to the folklore of food. With Malcolm, Jillian was one of the original “Insiders,” for the Visit Maine tourism campaign. She loves telling the stories of her adopted state, finding out-of-the-way places, and people making interesting things. Watching her daughters play in the wild woods and fields of Cushing makes her very happy.

2 Comments

  1. Just made this for dinner tonight, and it was fantastic! Looking forward to making it again.

    It’s nice that it’s easy to make a kid-friendly version of the meal at the same time just by separating out their (non-spiced) chicken pieces, and making a non-garlicked raita for them. Thanks for the fantastic recipe! I think this will become part of our every-two-week meal schedule.

    Steve in Brunswick

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