Meals for the Week, July 5-11

  1. Soft-boiled eggs with warm croutons and greens, adding grilled chicken
  2. Grilled Steak with Strawberry Chimichurri (Lady’s Home Journal July/August 2014, also here)
  3. Indian Chicken Tikka Kebabs (Fine Cooking, 130:p.43 and here)
  4. Spicy pan-fried noodles with tofu (Fine Cooking, 130:p.17 and here)
  5. White Beans and Shrimp: #4 from here on a salad
  6. BLT Pizza
  7. Creamy Chipotle Black Bean Chicken

Simplified Korean Chicken Tacos with Sweet Slaw, Crunchy Noodles and Queso Fresco

Korean TacosI am sure the original recipe from Half Baked Harvest is better, but it looks a bit too involved for a weeknight dinner, and I am not sure what Gochujang sauce is, or if it’s safe for nut and fish allergies. Even with the simplifications we made, this was a definite hit with everyone and we’ll surely make it again.

Not sure what kind of noodles the original really called for, but the store bought fried chow mien noodles worked just fine and didn’t need frying again. Speaking of which, not sure what the deal is with frying the chicken twice as the original called for…we just did it once. And Sriracha sauce worked fine for some kick in place of the gochujang sauce.

 

Simplified Korean Chicken Tacos with Sweet Slaw, Crunchy Noodles and Queso Fresco
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the fried chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic grated with microplane
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated with microplane
  • 3 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 1½ Tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Olive oil--original called for sesame, which is probably better, but we didn't have
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • ⅔ Cup Flour
  • 1 Tbs Cornstarch
  • 1 Lb Chicken breast or thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • ½ Lb Chow mein noodles
Sweet Slaw
  • 1 pkg Coleslaw mix, about 3 cups
  • 2 Spicy red chiles, seeded + sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 2 tsp Fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbs Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs Honey
  • 2 Tbs Rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 Lime, juiced
Putting it all together
  • 8 warmed flour tortillas
  • queso fresco
  • fresh cilantro
Instructions
The slaw
  1. Mix the slaw dressing in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the coleslaw and red chills and toss to coat everything.
  3. Put in the fridge while you make the rest of the dish.
The Chicken Sauce
  1. In a large bowl (the cooked chicken will be tossed in this bowl later) mix the first 7 ingredients.
  2. Set aside.
The Chicken
  1. Heat an half inch of oil in a skillet.
  2. Whisk flour, cornstarch, and ⅔ cup water in another bowl.
  3. Add chicken chunks and toss.
  4. Working in batches, fry chicken until golden, 6–8 minutes.
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Add the chicken to the bowl with the sauce and toss well.
Assemble
  1. Divide the chicken among the warmed taco shells. Top with slaw, crunchy noodles, cilantro and queso fresco.