Crispy Chicken Taco Recipe

crispy chicken taco

Kung Pao Chicken Taco

Get ready to embark on a tantalizing flavor journey with our extraordinary creation, the Kung Pao Taco. This innovative fusion of Asian and Mexican cuisines combines the bold and spicy flavors of Kung Pao chicken with the fresh and vibrant elements of a classic taco. Brace yourself for a taste explosion that will awaken your senses and leave you craving for more. Indulge in the perfect marriage of cultures, where East meets West and tradition meets innovation. 

Imagine sinking your teeth into a warm, soft tortilla, filled with succulent pieces of Kung Pao chicken that have been sautéed to perfection. Each bite is a harmonious blend of savory, tangy, and spicy flavors that dance across your palate. The tender chicken is complemented by a medley of crisp vegetables, such as crunchy bell peppers, zesty onions, and refreshing cilantro.

But it doesn’t stop there. The magic lies in the Kung Pao sauce, a fiery concoction that brings the taco to life. This sauce is a symphony of bold flavors, combining the umami richness of soy sauce, the tangy sweetness of rice vinegar, the depth of garlic and ginger, and the kick of spicy chili peppers.

It’s the perfect balance of heat and flavor that will ignite your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. It is an experience rather than just food. It’s a culinary journey that encourages you to embrace the unexpected and discover new sensations. Two distinct culinary traditions combine to produce something genuinely unique, celebrating diversity and ingenuity.

The Kung Pao Taco is a must-try whether you enjoy Mexican or Asian flavours in food or simply enjoy trying out new and interesting foods. Be prepared to be mesmerized by its fusion of cultures, bold and colourful flavours, and capacity to transport you to a world where barriers are broken and culinary possibilities are unlimited. The Kung Pao Taco will take your taste buds on an exciting journey that will leave you wanting more, so prepare to savour every bite.

crispy chicken taco

Achieve taco perfection with these tips for the crispiest and crunchiest experience:

Opt for the ideal taco shell: Select corn or flour tortillas specifically designed for hard tacos. Corn tortillas offer easier crispiness, while flour tortillas can be toasted for a satisfying crunch.

Preheat for crispness: Warm your taco shells in the oven before filling them. This step ensures they achieve optimal crispiness.

Embrace freshness: Choose fresh and crisp ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Avoid overly moist fillings, as they can make the taco shell lose its crunch.

Master the protein: Cook meat or poultry until it reaches a beautiful golden brown or crispy texture. This enhances both flavor and crunchiness.

Eliminate excess moisture: Drain any excess moisture from cooked ingredients, such as salsas or cooked vegetables, to prevent the taco shell from becoming soggy.

Layer smartly: Strategically layer the ingredients in the taco to maintain crunch. Begin with a thin layer of sauce or dressing at the bottom to create a barrier between fillings and the shell.

Serve promptly: Assemble and serve the taco immediately after filling to preserve its crispiness. Delaying consumption can result in a loss of crunch.

Crispy chicken taco

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 30 mins

Serves 4

Step 1

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the diced chicken pieces and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.

Step 2

In the same skillet, add the diced red and green bell peppers, diced onion, and minced garlic. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.

Step 3

In the same skillet, add the diced red and green bell peppers, diced onion, and minced garlic. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.

Step 4

Stir everything together to ensure that the chicken and vegetables are well coated with the sauce. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken.

Step 5

Heat a separate skillet or griddle over medium heat. Place each tortilla on the heated surface and warm for about 10-15 seconds on each side until pliable.

Step 6

Alternatively, you can warm the tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds.

Step 7

Spoon a generous portion of the Kung Pao Sauce onto each warmed tortilla. Add shredded lettuce on top of the chicken mixture for freshness and crunch.

Step 8

Sliced jalapenos and fresh cilantro leaves are optional garnishes that can add flavour and spice.

Step 9


For the Kung Pao Chicken:

  • 1 lb (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tbs Kung Pao Sauce

For the Tacos:

  • 8 small tortillas (corn or flour)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish


Can I use other proteins instead of chicken?

Absolutely! Kung Pao Tacos can be made with various proteins such as shrimp, tofu, beef, or even a combination of different proteins. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure they are cooked through.

What type of tortillas are best for the tacos?

You can use either corn or flour tortillas for the Kung Pao Chicken Tacos. Choose the type that you prefer or try both to see which one you like best.

Can I add other vegetables to the tacos?

Certainly! Feel free to add or substitute vegetables according to your taste. Some popular options include bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, or snap peas.

Can I make the tortillas from scratch?

If you enjoy making homemade tortillas, you can certainly make them from scratch. There are many recipes available online for homemade corn or flour tortillas.

How can I make the tacos gluten-free?

To make the tacos gluten-free, ensure that you use gluten-free soy sauce and hoisin sauce in the Kung Pao sauce. Also, choose gluten-free tortillas or lettuce wraps as a substitute.

What can I serve as a side dish with Kung Pao Chicken Tacos?

You can serve various side dishes with Kung Pao Chicken Tacos, such as steamed rice, stir-fried vegetables, a side salad, or even a refreshing cucumber salad.

Can I make Kung Pao Chicken Tacos for a party or gathering?

Yes, Kung Pao Chicken Tacos are a great choice for parties or gatherings. Prepare the components in advance, set up a taco bar with various toppings and sauces, and let your guests build their own tacos.

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