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Spicy Chicken Tikka Tacos

Serves: 4 people
5 from 1 vote
Total Time30 mins


For the Chicken Tikka Taco Meat:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced small (or 1/2 medium onion)
  • 2 lbs ground chicken breast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.5 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (use 1/4 tsp. for mild, and omit if you don't like spice)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 [13.5-ounce] can unsweetened coconut milk

For Serving:

  • 8-10 flour tortillas I like Siete Foods grain-free Cassava Tortillas (*see notes for Whole30 ideas)
  • 1 cup english cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 small serrano pepper, very thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


Make the Chicken Tikka Meat Mixture:

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions, ground chicken, salt, pepper, garlic, and ginger and cook, breaking up the meat with the edge of a wooden spoon or spatula, until cooked through (or no longer pink), 5 to 7 minutes. 
  • Add in the spices (curry powder, cayenne, paprika, cumin, and turmeric) and continue to cook, stirring, and toast the spices until just fragrant, about 2 more minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir until well combined into the meat mixture. Pour in the coconut milk and stir until well combined and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook, simmering and stirring occasionally, until the flavors combine and the sauce thickens a bit, 3 to 4 more minutes.
  • Taste the meat mixture and add more salt, pepper, or cayenne, to taste if desired! 

Serve the Tacos:

  • Serve the tikka mixture in warm tortillas with a little arugula, sliced cucumbers, cilantro, sliced serranos (if using) and a wedge of lime. Enjoy!


*To keep these Whole30, stuff the meat mixture in a sweet potato, serve them in lettuce cups, or serve it "burrito bowl" style over some cauliflower rice with all of the garnishes!