Blackstone Chicken Street Tacos

Get ready for a tasty adventure with Blackstone chicken street tacos! These tacos are special because we’re using chicken thighs instead of the usual breast – they’re super juicy and tender.

Even if you’re a cooking beginner, you can make restaurant-style tacos at home. The secret? Some unique pickled veggies instead of the usual Pico de Gallo. Whether it’s a regular dinner or a special Christmas meal, these tacos are a hit. The thighs cook perfectly on the Blackstone, giving you a delicious combo of tenderness and flavor. And guess what? It won’t break the bank – all the ingredients are easy to find and affordable. Get ready for a taco feast!

Do you know?

You can add pickled veggies(recipe below) to  Shawarma salads for a refreshing twist, layer them in sandwiches and wraps for an extra crunch, top your tacos and burritos for a burst of flavor, or create vibrant rice bowls by combining them with cooked rice and protein. Store the pickled veggies in the refrigerator for up to a week to enjoy their tangy goodness.

Ingredients needed

1. Boneless Chicken Thighs: Chicken thighs are so flavorful and juicy! They stay tender and moist after cooking, unlike chicken breast which can sometimes be dry. They are also great at soaking up marinades, making your dish even more delicious.

2. Black Pepper: This spice adds a tasty kick and an inviting aroma to your marinated chicken. Roast whole pepper in a pan and then blend coarsely in a blender. Roasted crushed black pepper in your Blackstone chicken street tacos adds a delightful smoky and earthy flavor. It enhances the taste of the dish by releasing aromatic essential oils and adds a depth of flavor that complements the chicken and other ingredients. It will enhance the flavor of this recipe. It helps with digestion and has antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

3. Ginger Garlic Paste:  Ginger brings a warmth and slightly spicy kick, while garlic adds that irresistible savory taste. When combined, they create a delightful flavor that enhances the marination process.

4. Soy Sauce: This sauce adds a savory and slightly salty flavor to your marinated chicken. It contains essential amino acids and minerals that are good for you, but remember to use it in moderation due to its sodium content. Add less salt to the marination because soy sauce is also salty.

5. Lime Juice: Adding a tangy touch, lime juice not only refreshes your taste buds but also provides a good amount of vitamin C. It aids in digestion and boosts your immune system.

6. Olive Oil: It helps to tenderize meats, infuses them with flavor, and keeps them moist during the cooking process. Plus, it’s a heart-healthy option filled with those good fats. Just be sure to choose extra virgin olive oil for the best results. 

7. Fresh Cilantro: This vibrant green herb adds freshness and a delightful aroma. Cilantro is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some studies even suggest it may aid in detoxification and digestion.

Instructions

Step 1: Marinate the Chicken Thighs

In a bowl, combine the boneless chicken thighs pieces, black pepper, ginger garlic paste, olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and salt. You can also go for homemade taco seasoning. Mix well to ensure the chicken is evenly coated with the marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate for 2 hours at room temperature.

Step 2: Preheat the Blackstone Griddle

Before you start cooking, preheat your Blackstone griddle to ensure even heat distribution and prevent sticking. Set the griddle to medium heat and allow it to heat up for a few minutes.

Step 3: Cook the Marinated Chicken Thighs

Once the griddle is hot, add a drizzle of avocado or canola oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Place the marinated chicken thighs bites on the griddle and cook for approximately 1-2 minutes per side. Flip the chicken halfway through the cooking process to ensure it is cooked evenly. The chicken should be cooked through and have a nice char on the outside.

Step 4: Rest the Cooked Chicken

Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the griddle and let it rest for about 30 minutes. It allows the juices to beautifully redistribute, resulting in tender and juicy meat. It’s like a cozy embrace for this delightful tacos recipe.

Step 5: Toast the Corn Tortillas

While the chicken is resting, prepare the corn tortillas. Add a small amount of butter to the griddle and place the tortillas on it. Toast the tortillas until they turn golden brown and slightly crispy. This step adds a delicious crunch to the tacos.

Step 6: Assemble the Street Tacos

To serve the street tacos, take two toasted corn tortillas and layer them with the cooked chicken, diced avocado, diced onion, tomato, and chopped cilantro. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the toppings for a burst of citrus flavor. You can also add pickled veggies instead of Pico de gelle topping.

Expert tips for perfect Blackstone street tacos

Preheat Your Blackstone Griddle:

Before you start cooking, make sure to preheat your Blackstone griddle to the appropriate temperature. For street tacos, a medium-high heat setting is ideal. Preheating ensures that your griddle is evenly heated, allowing for proper cooking and searing of the ingredients.

Marinate Your Protein:

To infuse your protein with flavor, marinate it before grilling. Whether you’re using chicken, steak, seafood, or tofu, marinating adds depth and enhances the taste. Create a marinade using a combination of spices, herbs, citrus juices, and a touch of oil. Let the protein marinate for at least 30 minutes, or even overnight for maximum flavor infusion.

Achieve the Perfect Char:

One of the key elements of street tacos is the charred and slightly crispy texture. To achieve this, ensure that your protein and vegetables make direct contact with the griddle surface. This will create beautiful grill marks and impart a smoky flavor. Avoid overcrowding the griddle, as it can lead to steaming rather than grilling.

Toast Your Tortillas:

To take your street tacos to the next level, don’t forget to toast your tortillas. Place them directly on the griddle for a few seconds on each side until they become slightly charred and pliable. This step adds a delightful smoky flavor and enhances the overall texture of the taco.

Play with Seasonings and Spices:

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings and spices to create unique flavor profiles for your street tacos. Whether it’s a homemade spice blend, a touch of smoked paprika, or a sprinkle of chili powder, adding your twist will make your tacos stand out.

Fresh and Vibrant Toppings:

The toppings you choose can make or break your street tacos. Opt for fresh and vibrant ingredients to add a burst of flavor and texture. Consider options like diced tomatoes, crisp lettuce, thinly sliced radishes, chopped cilantro, and tangy pickled onions. These toppings not only provide a visual appeal but also enhance the overall taste experience.

Don’t Forget the Sauce:

A well-crafted sauce or salsa can take your street tacos to new heights. Experiment with different homemade sauces like chipotle mayo, creamy avocado sauce, or tangy salsa verde. These sauces add a layer of creaminess, tanginess, or spiciness that complements the other ingredients.

Serve with a Side of Freshness:

To complete your street taco feast, serve your tacos with a side of freshness. Consider options like a crisp and refreshing salad, a zesty citrus slaw, or a simple bowl of sliced fresh fruits. These sides provide a contrast to the savory flavors and add a refreshing element to the meal.

Confidence tip

Grill the vegetables on Blackstone

  • After cooking chicken on a Blackstone griddle.
  • Add onion, tomato, bell pepper, and red onion.
  • Stir fry for a few seconds on medium flame.
  • Add to tortilla wrap and enhance your street taco flavor to 2x.

Additions

Grilled Pineapple:

Add a touch of tropical sweetness to your tacos by grilling pineapple slices. The heat from the grill caramelizes the sugars in the pineapple, creating a juicy and slightly smoky flavor. Chop the grilled pineapple into small pieces and use it as a topping for your tacos. It pairs exceptionally well with savory ingredients like grilled chicken or steak, adding a burst of tangy and refreshing taste.

Queso Fresco:

For a creamy and slightly tangy element, crumble some queso fresco over your tacos. This Mexican cheese has a mild flavor and a crumbly texture, making it a perfect addition to balance out the spices in your tacos. Sprinkle it on top of your assembled tacos for a delightful burst of creaminess.

Pickled Jalapeños:

If you enjoy a bit of heat, pickled jalapeños are a fantastic addition to your tacos. These tangy and spicy peppers add a punch of flavor that complements the other ingredients. You can either buy them pre-pickled or make your own by marinating sliced jalapeños in vinegar, water, and spices. Add a few slices to your tacos for an extra kick.

Cilantro-Lime Rice:

To add a flavorful and aromatic component to your tacos, serve them with a side of cilantro-lime rice. Cook your rice as usual and then toss it with freshly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. The vibrant flavors of cilantro and lime will enhance the overall taste of your tacos and provide a refreshing contrast.

Charred Corn:

For a burst of sweetness and smokiness, char some corn on the cob on the grill or stovetop. The charred kernels add a delightful crunch and a hint of smoky flavor to your tacos. Cut the corn off the cob and use it as a topping or mix it into a salsa for an extra layer of texture and taste.

Substitutions

Chicken cuts substitute

You can also use chicken breast. Make sure to cut it into thin strips and marinate it for 3-4 hours or overnight for best results.

Pickled veggies.

Experience the tangy and flavorful delight of our quick and easy pickled veggie recipe. In a saucepan, heat 1 and 1/2 cups of white vinegar with 1 teaspoon of salt. Transfer the vinegar mixture to a bowl and add julienned cucumber, radish, bell pepper, and sliced green chilies. Mix well to coat the vegetables in the pickling liquid. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 1 hour to allow the flavors to develop. Once ready, use these pickled veggies in your street tacos instead of pico de Galle.

pickled veggies complete tutorial

Protein substitution

Vegetarian: Replace the chicken with tofu or tempeh. Marinate the tofu or tempeh in a flavorful sauce or seasoning before grilling or sautéing it. This will provide a delicious plant-based protein option for your tacos.

Seafood: Swap the chicken for grilled shrimp or fish like salmon or tilapia. Season the seafood with a blend of spices and grill or pan-sear until cooked through. This substitution adds a delightful seafood twist to your tacos.

Tortilla Substitutions

Corn Tortillas: If you prefer a gluten-free option or want a more authentic Mexican taste, replace flour tortillas with corn tortillas. Corn tortillas have a slightly sweet and nutty flavor and can be heated on the Blackstone griddle for a delicious charred texture.

Lettuce Wraps: For a low-carb or grain-free option, skip the tortillas altogether and use large lettuce leaves as wraps. Romaine lettuce or butter lettuce leaves work well for this substitution, providing a refreshing and crisp base for your taco fillings

Cheese Substitutions

Vegan Cheese: If you follow a vegan diet or are lactose intolerant, opt for dairy-free cheese alternatives made from plant-based ingredients like cashews or almonds. These vegan cheeses can be grated or crumbled over your tacos for a similar texture and taste.

Cotija Cheese: For a more authentic Mexican flavor, substitute cotija cheese for queso fresco. Cotija cheese has a crumbly texture and a slightly stronger flavor, adding a salty and tangy element to your tacos.

Vegetable Substitutions

Roasted Veggies: Instead of grilling the vegetables, try roasting them in the oven for a different flavor profile. Toss vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and zucchini with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast until tender and slightly caramelized.

Seasonal Vegetables: Use whatever vegetables are in season to add freshness and variety to your tacos. From roasted butternut squash in the fall to grilled asparagus in the spring, incorporating seasonal vegetables will enhance the flavors and provide a unique twist

Storage and Reheating

 Storage: If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days

Reheating: You can reheat your tacos in the microwave in 30-second increments until warm.

FAQs: Answering Your Burning Questions

1. Can I use chicken breast instead of thighs?

While the recipe calls for chicken thighs, you can certainly use chicken breast if you prefer. However, keep in mind that chicken thighs tend to be more tender and juicy, making them perfect for this dish. But if you have a preference for chicken breast, go ahead and give it a try.

2  Can I make these tacos in a regular pan instead of a Blackstone grill?

Certainly,  While the Blackstone grill is ideal for achieving that beautiful caramelization and smoky flavor, you can still make these delicious street tacos in a regular pan. Simply heat the pan over medium-high heat, add a touch of oil, and cook the chicken thighs until they are nicely browned and fully cooked. The flavors will still shine through

3  Can I change the pickled veggies to my liking?

Absolutely! One of the joys of cooking is the ability to add your personal touch. Feel free to experiment and customize the pickled veggies to suit your taste. You can add additional spices, like cumin or coriander, or even try different types of vegetables for a unique twist. It’s all about making the recipe your own, my sweet grandchild

4 How do I prevent my tortillas from getting soggy?

To keep your tortillas from becoming soggy, make sure to pat the cooked chicken dry before assembling the tacos. Additionally, you can lightly toast the tortillas on the griddle to create a barrier that prevents moisture from seeping in.

5 Can I meal prep Blackstone street tacos?

Absolutely! Blackstone street tacos are a great option for meal prepping. You can cook the chicken in advance, slice it, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to enjoy, simply warm the chicken and tortillas, assemble your tacos, and add your favorite toppings.

 6 Can I bake chicken thighs in the oven?

To bake the chicken thighs in the oven, preheat to 425°F (220°C) and prepare a baking dish. Place the marinated chicken thighs in the dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through. Let them rest before serving, and enjoy your delicious oven-baked chicken thighs!

7   Are there any vegetarian options for these street tacos?

Yes indeed! While the recipe traditionally calls for chicken thighs, you can create a delightful vegetarian version by using grilled or sautéed vegetables as the filling. Bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions make excellent choices. Season them with spices like cumin, paprika, and chili powder for a burst of flavor. Wrap them in warm tortillas with the pickled veggies and pico de gallo, and voila! A mouthwatering vegetarian option awaits!

Blackstone chicken street tacos

Prep Time1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 683kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 kg boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Fresh cilantro or thyme for garnishing
  • 20 corn tortillas
  • Onion 1/2 sliced
  • Bell pepper 1/2 julienne cut
  • Tomatoes 1 diced
  • Jalapeno pepper 1 finely diced
  • Lime 1 medium-sized
  • Fresh cilantro 1/4 cup
  • Avocado 1 small diced
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  • Step 1: Marinate the Chicken Thighs
  • In a bowl, combine the boneless chicken thighs pieces, black pepper, ginger garlic paste, olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and salt. You can also go for homemade taco seasoning. Mix well to ensure the chicken is evenly coated with the marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate for 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Step 2: Preheat the Blackstone Griddle
  • Before you start cooking, preheat your Blackstone griddle to ensure even heat distribution and prevent sticking. Set the griddle to medium heat and allow it to heat up for a few minutes.
  • Step 3: Cook the Marinated Chicken Thighs
  • Once the griddle is hot, add a drizzle of avocado or canola oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Place the marinated chicken thighs bites on the griddle and cook for approximately 1-2 minutes per side. Flip the chicken halfway through the cooking process to ensure it is cooked evenly. The chicken should be cooked through and have a nice char on the outside.
  • Step 4: Rest the Cooked Chicken
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the griddle and let it rest for about 30 minutes.My dear, that resting period after cooking is simply enchanting! It allows the juices to beautifully redistribute, resulting in tender and juicy meat. It’s like a cozy embrace for this delightful tacos recipe.
  • Step 5: Toast the Corn Tortillas
  • While the chicken is resting, prepare the corn tortillas. Add a small amount of butter to the griddle and place the tortillas on it. Toast the tortillas until they turn golden brown and slightly crispy. This step adds a delicious crunch to the tacos.
  • Step 6: Assemble the Street Tacos
  • To serve the street tacos, take two toasted corn tortillas and layer them with the cooked chicken, diced avocado, diced onion, tomato, and chopped cilantro. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the toppings for a burst of citrus flavor. You can also add pickled veggies instead of Pico de gelle topping.

Notes

To keep your tortilla soft and warm for longer times you can wrap a stack of tortillas in aluminum foil and warm them in the oven at a low temperature for a few minutes.
Alternatively, you can warm them in a dry skillet over medium heat, flipping each tortilla for a few seconds until they become pliable and warm. Keep them covered with a kitchen towel to retain their softness until you’re ready to assemble the tacos

Nutritional Values (per serving)

  • Carbohydrates 80g
  • Protein 53g, Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 14g
  • Trans Fat 0.08g
  • Cholesterol 169mg
  • Sodium 829
  • Potassium 1088mg
  • Fiber 19g
  • Sugar 5g
  • Vitamin A 698IU
  • Vitamin C 38mg
  • Calcium 188mg
  • Iron 8mg

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