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OHOW’s Favorite Thai Chicken Tacos with Asian Slaw

Everyone loves tacos! But who says tacos only have to feature Mexican flavors? Our Favorite Thai Chicken Tacos combine the distinct flavors of sesame, sweet chili, cilantro, and ginger, with the hearty flavors of ground chicken and shiitake mushrooms. Adding a crisp Asian slaw on top adds a refreshing crunch that makes these tacos the perfect summer dish.

“This dish is a favorite among the hospital staff, and it’s a perfect summer crowd-pleaser,” said OHOW’s Chef Mike.

How to Prepare Thai Chicken Tacos & Asian Slaw

Making these chicken tacos is as easy to prepare as a classic Mexican-style taco. You’ll start by browning off your ground chicken, making sure to crumble as you go. Next, you’ll add zesty Thai flavor with garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, shiitake mushrooms, fresh ginger, sweet chili sauce, and sambal chili paste.

For the added crunch, the finishing touch is the easy-to-prepare Asian slaw salad. Take your package of fresh, pre-shredded coleslaw mix and add rice wine vinegar, chopped cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, and honey. That’s it! This simple Asian-inspired slaw is the perfect topping for your zesty Thai chicken tacos.

To serve, toast your preferred taco shell over the stove. Add your Thai chicken mixture and top with the Asian slaw. For added garnish, add chopped peanuts and pickled ginger.

Taco night doesn’t have to be the same old plain tacos—not with this Thai Chicken Taco recipe in your collection! Try it out for your next Taco Tuesday and see why these tasty Asian-inspired tacos are an OHOW favorite.

Thai Chicken Tacos with Asian Slaw

OHOW’s Favorite Thai Chicken Tacos with Asian Slaw

Spice up taco night with these zesty Thai Chicken Tacos and Asia slaw. A perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spice, these Asian-inspired tacos will be a regular rotation on Taco Tuesdays.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


Thai Tacos

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce 
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 6 oz. sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp ginger chopped
  • 1 tbsp Sambal chili paste
  • 8 oz can water chestnuts drained and diced
  • 2 green onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
  • corn taco shells
  • 1/4 cup peanuts chopped, for garnish
  • 3 oz pickled ginger for garnish

Asian Slaw

  • 6 oz. fresh pre-shredded coleslaw mix
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp honey


Thai Tacos

  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  • Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, shitake, ginger, sweet chili sauce, and Sambal chili paste until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with toasted sesame seeds and half of the chopped cilantro (reserve the other half for the slaw).

Asian Slaw

  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together rice wine vinegar, cilantro, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil then toss with pre-shredded coleslaw mix. Set aside.

To Serve

  • Spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a toasted taco shell, add a pinch of the Asian slaw to the shell (just like you would sprinkle lettuce on a Mexican-style taco), garnish with chopped peanuts, and top with a bit of pickled ginger.
Keyword Asian slaw, Asian tacos, chicken taco recipe, chicken tacos
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