Turmeric Chicken Tacos – The Modern Pakistani Cookhouse

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Turmeric Chciken Taco Recipe The Modern Pakistani Cookhouse

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This girls’ fresh and tasty, ‘jooosy’ Turmeric Chicken Tacos, two ways: piled onto soft flour tortilla, as well as stuffed into crunchy corn taco shells.

The filling is the same for both; but it’s all about what you fancy and how you like to serve it! The soft tortilla tacos get a dollop of freshly made, citrusy guacamole, just like the corn tacoshells do. I promise that this is quick and easy, and feeds four hungry diners easily.

For a Vegan alternative, substitute chicken with spiced sweet potato wedges (cooked the same way as the chicken).


  • 1kg chicken breast (washed, cut into approx 1 inch strips)
  • ¾ tspn turmeric powder
  • ½ tspn cumin powder
  • 1-1.5 tspn Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ tspn freshly milled black pepper
  • Olive oil (generous glug for frying and final flourish)
  • 2 large handfuls of kale (stalks removed+ washed)
  • 1-2 green bell pepper (finely sliced).
  • Squeeze of lemon juice.


  1. Add a glug of extra virgin olive oil to a pan and fry the chicken on high. Before it begins to seal, add 1 level tspn salt (add more if required afterwards).
  2. When chicken turns white in colour, add all the spices. Fry, stirring frequently for even cooking. Once ¾ cooked, turn heat down to medium, add kale.
  3. Place lid on and cook till chicken is tender but not breaking/ shredding in the pan.
  4. Turn the heat off, throw in green pepper and place the lid firmly on for 6-7 mins. Taste and adjust salt if needed.
  5. Dress lightly with olive oil. A squeeze of lemon (optional) brings it all to life!
  6. Serve like I do with homemade guac and shaved cucumber, or however you like. Enjoy!

Pakistani chef cookThe Modern Pakistani Cookhouse

Born and bred in London of Pakistani origin, Zareen is a dedicated home cook who prides herself on preparing ‘real food’ for her Irish/ Pakistani family.  Wife, and mother of two young boys, she enjoys making the most of seasonal produce and pantry essentials, often combining exotic, natural ingredients to create unfussy, unpretentious, delicious, healthy food; bakes, puddings, teatime snacks and comforting family meals.

You can catch more of her recipes on her Instagram account @themodernpakistanicookhouse.

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