Fusion Cuisine for a Busy Evening: Chinese Chicken Tacos

Tonight I’m making tacos, but I want something special and we’ve had a lot of Mexican food as of late. I don’t really have time to make dinner as my life has shifted into  military precision for the remainder of the month. I’m finishing my substantive edit and editing for technical data on my book all day. My oldest son is finishing out his freshman projects in all advanced classes, it’s homework central around here. My youngest son is finishing out elementary school and his school is planning an insane amount of celebratory events. I have to figure out how to dress him up like Ulysses S. Grant tonight and send the costume with him tomorrow. We ate out last night because of his gifted class presentation night. I need to make dinner today. My husband has an evening meeting, so dinner should be quick and early. Chinese chicken tacos are the perfect choice for my mealtime dilemma.

chinese chicken tacos


Chinese Chicken Tacos

These tacos are quick, easy, inexpensive to make, and so delicious. Each is about 125 calories, so you could easily have 2-3 for a nice surprisingly low-calorie meal.

Makes 12 tacos


12 crispy taco shells

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated

1 garlic clove, minced

2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp. honey

1 green onion, thinly sliced

2 cups shredded lettuce

4 Tbsp. Oriental dressing (recipe below)

Sriracha, optional


Prepare taco shells in oven according to package directions.

Trim all exterior fat from chicken and slice into thin strips.

Heat a nonstick large skillet over medium-high heat and add chicken, ginger and garlic, stirring frequently until browned. Reduce heat to low and add soy sauce, honey, and green onions. Stir to coat chicken. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve chicken filling in taco shells topped with lettuce and 1 tsp. Asian dressing. Drizzle with Sriracha if desired.

Oriental Dressing

I came up with this dressing using a few Asian ingredients several years ago. It’s so full of flavor and works well in stir-fries or as a marinade too.

oriental dressing

Makes about 1 cup


¼ cup rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil

1 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. honey

1 tsp. ginger

½ cup water


Place all ingredients in a lidded bottle. Shake until combined and serve. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Information for Oriental Dressing

Servings 12
Calories per Serving 23
Fat 1g
Carbohydrates 3g
Protein 0g
Sugars 2g
Fiber 0g

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Nutritional Information For Chinese Chicken Tacos

Servings 12
Calories per Serving 125
Fat 3g
Carbohydrates 13g
Protein 11g
Sugars 2g
Fiber 1g

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