This recipe: Papaya chicken tacos with papaya salsa is sponsored by Papaya Australia.
Do you like Papaya? We love them. They taste like the tropics and are so versatile. If you’ve never eaten them before they can be a little daunting, which is why I have shown you exactly how to prep them in my video.
Basically, I have been using them in curries, breads and salads for ages, so showing you this fun way to make Taco Tuesday a bit yummier and healthier was the next step. When cooking these Papaya Chicken tacos with papaya salsa, the papaya adds a delicious sweet sticky sauce to the chicken that kids love.
I know some people don’t like to cook with tropical fruits, but I think that’s just silly! Cooked papaya is perfect for making things naturally sweet and it’s super easy to cook with too. It also helps to make food appealing to kids because you are adding sweetness.
I have to say, my favourite thing about this dish is the fresh salsa. Why would you even contemplate buying a jar of salsa to go with your tacos when this fruity and fresh version takes only minutes to make? Skip the chilli if you want to, but really when mixed with the sweet fresh fruit and the crunch of the cucumber and capsicum, it doesn’t pack much heat at all.
Don’t stop at topping your tacos with it though, we also use it to make delicious prawn cocktails, put it on top of grilled fish or chicken and BBQ’d steaks. It also tastes pretty amazing on sweet potato toasts or for dipping your corn chips in.
With one cup of papaya providing twice your daily vitamin C requirements and a third of your Vitamin A requirements, you need to get the whole family into papaya. It’s packed with fibre and naturally low in fat so it isn’t just delicious, it’s helping tick nutritional goals too!
The seeds don’t have to go to waste either, they can be dehydrated and ground. They have a peppery taste when dried and can be used as a substitute for pepper.
To cut through the sweetness of the salsa we pop some avocado between the chicken and the salsa in our tacos. The kids build their own tacos at the table, which they love doing and therefore they can put as much or as little of each of the fillings on their tacos. The autonomy really helps to make dinner time a fun activity.