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Piri Piri Chicken Tacos with a Sautéed Red Cabbage Slaw

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Why not give these Piri Piri Chicken Tacos with a Sautéed Red Cabbage Slaw for your next Taco Tuesday. Spiced tacos with a tangy slaw!

Piri Piri Chicken Tacos with a Sautéed Red Cabbage Slaw

What Is Piri Piri

Piri Piri really does have great flavours.  It’s got chillies, paprika, cumin, oregano, basil and about a million other ingredients.  You could just as easily make it yourself and adjust flavours according to taste buds.  But sometimes, it is just as easy to buy the little spice bottle.

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Piri Piri Chicken Tacos with a Sautéed Red Cabbage Slaw

If you have cooked with or eaten foods with piri piri, you know it can range from mild to well, that raging inferno I was talking about.  Somewhere in our cupboard we have a small bottle of piri piri sauce. I never ever use it.  Ever.  But, every now and again I see it on the dinner table.  That means the dinner is too bland for certain taste buds and it needs some jazzing up.  I used to almost find it offensive, but learned that we all have different taste buds.  Oh, don’t I know that all too well.

Piri Piri Chicken Tacos

Notes About The Tacos

  • I wrap the tacos in foil and get them in the oven before I do anything else.  Just set the oven to a low temperature so you don’t end up drying them out.
  • I am always multi tasking in the kitchen to save time and attempt to get everything together at the same time.  This usually means a mess at the end, but hey we can’t have it all.  So, when reading the recipe below you will see the cabbage being cooked in one pan and the chicken being cooked in another pan.  Well, I do this at the same time, which means cooking time really is only 10 minutes.  If you find it easier to do one thing at a time, just allow for extra cooking.
  • When I cook chicken, I always make sure the pan had heated up for at least 5 minutes and is good and hot.  Why? Because you will get a nice char effect on the chicken.  Otherwise, you will likely get chicken that goes in the pan white and comes out a darker shade of white.
  • I used one tablespoon of piri piri seasoning in this recipe and I would say they were medium-mild on the hot level.  You can adjust this to your liking.  Use less or more.  What ever takes your fancy. 

That just about sums up the tacos.  Serve some Mexican Style Rice on the side and you’re all set. Happy cooking!

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Piri Piri Chicken Tacos

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Piri Piri Chicken Tacos

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Piri Piri Chicken Tacos

Spice up taco night! Why not give these Piri Piri Chicken Tacos with a Sautéed Red Cabbage Slaw for your next Taco Tuesday. Spiced tacos with a tangy slaw!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, portugese, south africian
Keyword: tacos
Servings: 12 tacos
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Julia Pinney


For the chicken:

  • 3 Chicken breast cut into thin strips
  • 1 Tablespoon Piri Piri Seasoning
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil divided

For the cabbage slaw:

  • 2 Cups red cabbage shredded, approximately 1/4 of a small cabbage
  • 1 small white onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil


  • 12 taco shells
  • 1 Cup cheddar cheese grated
  • Small bunch of fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • Lime wedges to serve


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Wrap soft tacos in foil and place in the oven to keep warm.
  • In a large bowl combine one tablespoon of the olive oil, lime juice, piri piri seasoning and salt. Stir well and add chicken. Toss well to coat and set aside.
  • In a large skillet set over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss in the cabbage and onion. Stir really well. Leave to sautée for about 2-3 minutes. Add the vinegar and give a real good toss. Leave to sautée for about another minute. Remove from heat.
  • In another large skillet set over high heat, add 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the chicken and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Remove warm tacos from oven.
  • Lay out tacos and fill with chicken, cheese, and red cabbage slaw. Top with fresh cilantro and lime juice. Serve immediately.

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

Nutrition Facts
Piri Piri Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 Taco)
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 351mg15%
Potassium 291mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 277IU6%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By on November 28th, 2017
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