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Grilled Chicken Street Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Salsa

This fresh, bright, clean recipe is a delicious choice for a casual weeknight dinner or outdoor entertaining.  Traditionally, American Mexican food isn’t often paired with dry wines because of most mainstream dishes’ rich, spicy flavor profiles.

The fresh herbaceous salsa on these effortless tacos complements the bright acidity and stone fruit notes on our Sauvignon Blanc. The charred chicken is also a great partner to the subtle earthiness in the wine.  We hope you celebrate this Cinco De Mayo with good friends, great food, and a glass of crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc.


For the Chicken Tacos
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs: Thighs are best here. They char better and are more tender and juicy, but if you prefer breasts, they will work, keep an eye on the temperature as they dry out easier. Cook just to 165 in the center.
  • Limes
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP of chopped or grated garlic
  • Ground cumin: to taste
  • Chili powder: to taste
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Onion, avocado, and radish for garnish
For the Garlic Cilantro Salsa
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro.
  • 4 jalapenos or 4 chopped green peppers, the milder the peppers, the more wine-friendly. If you like, remove the seeds to keep the salsa milder.
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped and seeded tomatoes.
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped yellow onion.
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 3 1⁄2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoons ground cumin

How To Make

  • Make the chicken taco marinade by stirring lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper together
  • Pour marinade over the chicken in a bag. Let marinate in the fridge for 1 – 6 hours. Be sure to allow at least one hour for marinating otherwise, the chicken won’t have enough time to absorb flavor.
  • Cook on a hot, preheated grill, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes, then dice it into cubes.
  • Layer into to warmed tortillas and top with Cilantro Salsa and additional toppings as desired.
  • For the salsa: Chop the garlic in a food processor, and add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until almost smooth.
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