• Grilled Chicken tacos with kiwi fruit salsa

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Kiwi Fruit Salsa

(Discolsure: I received free samples of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Zespri Kiwifruit and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.)

I love tacos. There is just something so appealing about eating a meal that comes all wrapped up in a little shell (that’s how my sisters and I have always referred to tortillas). Plus there are endless possibilities for toppings and flavors. Have you ever been to a dinner party where they had a “build your own taco” station…it’s like Christmas! Who doesn’t love tacos?

I’ve been wanting to make a light, fruit inspired taco recipe for awhile now in celebration of summer. Needless to say, I was so excited when I learned that Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit was sponsoring a contest and challenging The Recipe Redux members to create a flavorful dish using Kiwifruit. I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate the fruit into a taco dish somehow.

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Zespri is the world leader in great quality, non-GMO Kiwifruit. SunGold Kiwifruit is actually yellow on the inside and the skin isn’t fuzzy, like the green kiwi that many are used to seeing. It’s a bit sweeter and more tropical tasting than the green kiwi, and even tastes great just cutting it open and eating it with a spoon.

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The Grilled Chicken Tacos with Kiwi Fruit Salsa are so full of flavor! I used SunGold Kiwi in the marinade for the chicken (recipe below) because it contains an enzyme that actually acts as a meat tenderizer. Which makes it perfect in a marinade because it creates such juicy, tender chicken for your tacos.

Not only does it taste great, but it packs a nutritional punch as well. A serving of SunGold Kiwifruit provides:

  • 3 times for Vitamin C than an orange
  • As much Potassium as a banana
  • A good source of Vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant)
  • Low Glycemic Index (score 0f 39) fruit, making it great for diabetics

Now back to those tacos…I could barely keep my husband from finishing them off before I was able to snap a few photos. I used Chicken Breast Tenders because I think they grill up nicely and are the perfect size for tacos. This recipe would also work great with chicken thighs, steak or fish. Very versatile.

I marinated the chicken for about 20 minutes, which was the perfect amount of time to create juicy grilled chicken. Since kiwifruit acts as a tenderizer, you don’t want to marinade the protein for too long so it doesn’t break down too much and become mushy.

After grilling the chicken, I layered a flame-broiled tortilla with a little chopped arugula, a piece of grilled chicken, topped with Kiwifruit Salsa and drizzled with greek yogurt. The habanero chili peppers in the salsa add quite a bit of heat, but it’s balanced really nicely with the greek yogurt and tropical flavor of the kiwi.

I’ll be perfectly honest that I had a little Kiwifruit Salsa leftover after scarfing down these tacos and I just ate the leftover salsa straight from the bowl. It’s that good! The kiwifruit is sweet and tropical tasting and combines nicely with the red onion, cilantro, and pineapple. I could eat it as a side dish all on its own.


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Have you ever had SunGold Kiwifruit? It’s so versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes. Check out some of the Kiwifruit recipes below and let me know what you think.



Grilled Chicken Tacos with Kiwi Fruit Salsa
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Serves: 6 tacos
These grilled chicken tacos make the perfect dish and the Sungold Kiwifruit adds a tropical flair!
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders
  • 4 Sungold Kiwifruits
  • ¼ cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup arugula, rough chop
  • 2 habanero peppers, diced
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  1. Scoop out inside of 1 kiwifruit and add to food processor.
  2. Add lime juice, garlic cloves, ¼ cup cilantro, ½ habanero pepper, 1 tsp salt, pepper, cumin and olive oil to food processor and combine
  3. Pour marinade over chicken and let sit for 20 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, combine remaining 2 kiwifruit (chopped), red onion, remaining cilantro, remaining habanero peppers and pineapple to small bowl. Season with salt as needed. Set aside
  5. Grill chicken for about 5 minutes each side, until cooked thru
  6. Broil tortillas over an open flame for about 1 minute
  7. Layer tortilla with arugula, grilled chicken, top with kiwifruit salsa, and drizzle greek yogurt over each taco.
  8. Enjoy!


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  • comment-avatar
    dixya @food, pleasure, and health August 9, 2016 (8:53 am)

    what a fun use of kiwi!

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    Deanna Segrave-Daly August 9, 2016 (12:42 pm)

    I was thinking about doing tacos but yours came out way better than I know mine would have – I want these for dinner!

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      Brynn McDowell August 9, 2016 (3:03 pm)

      Tacos are always fantastic! Even when they don’t look pretty. That’s why I love them, messy the better.

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    Amber @ Homemade Nutrition August 11, 2016 (11:03 am)

    Yum!! These tacos look perfect, and so pretty!

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    EA-The Spicy RD August 11, 2016 (11:26 am)

    I *almost* whipped up some kiwifruit salsa too 🙂 This looks absolutely perfect!!!

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      Brynn McDowell August 14, 2016 (9:14 pm)

      I seriously ate the remaining salsa right from the bowl! Funny how our minds go right to salsa 🙂

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