Korean Fusion: Dak Tako 닭 타코

A delicious chicken taco with a Korean twist.

Servings: 8

Recipe Type: chicken, Fusion, Korean, Korean Grill, Meat, South Western


2 pounds boneless chicken thigh or breast

1 head loose leaf lettuce

1 firm tomato

4 ounces cheddar cheese

8 corn tortillas or taco shells

Meat Marinade

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup water or unsalted chicken broth

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

5 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon black pepper

Meat Seasoning 

3 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon ground dried red chili pepper — (any Mexican variety)

1 teaspoon crushed oregano

2 teaspoons water


4 green onions

4 ounces kimchi

3 tablespoons Kimchi juice

3 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon crushed oregano

1 firm tomato

Optional Additions:

Iceberg lettuce

Diced or sliced mushrooms

Sliced black olives

Shredded carrot


Sliced fresh red or green chili peppers



Mince or crush the garlic.

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Let stand at least fifteen minutes to let flavors develop.


Trim excess fat from the chicken.

Lightly score the chicken on both sides.

Pour marinade over chicken and let stand for at least one hour.


Separate the leaves and rinse well in cold water.

Drain or pat dry.

Place into refrigerator until ready to use.


Thick slice the tomato, then cube the slices.

Place into refrigerator until ready to use.


Grate or medium shred the cheese.

Place into refrigerator until ready to use.


Rough chop the green onion and kimchi.

Mince the garlic.

Medium slice then cube the tomato.

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.


Remove chicken from marinade (reserve the marinade)

Place chicken on hot grill over high heat or broil in hot oven.

Cook each side until the marinade darkens and a light char appears (two to five minutes per side). (Note: The best flavor is obtained from grilling over wood coals or charcoal.)

Hand shred or cut the chicken into very thin strips.

Place the chicken into a bowl.

Crush or mince the garlic for the meat seasoning and add to the chicken.

Add the rest of the meat seasoning ingredients and mix well.

Transfer the seasoned chicken to a fry pan, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of the reserved marinade, and stir fry over medium high heat for one to two minutes.


Heat or cook the corn tortillas to your desired level (soft to crunchy).

Line the tortilla/taco shell with one leaf of the lettuce.

Fill with meat, tomato, and cheese, then top with salsa.

Eat and enjoy.