Smokey Chicken Lime Tacos With Black Bean And Quinoa Salad

by | Dec 17, 2013 | 34 comments

Smokey Chicken Lime Tacos With Black Bean And Quinoa Salad

Today is day 50. Since I was last here. Writing. I have been counting. A lot has happened. A lot. Some good. Some not. This was my year. Everyone says that. I am grateful for that. But somewhere, somehow, I drowned. And it felt peaceful in the cold, shadowy depths of limbo. It is day 50 today. And I feel a prickle in my fingers and a tingling in my toes. I feel a little hard to breathe under water. I feel the urge to rise up from the dark shadowy depths and suck in glorious air as my head breaks the surface of the water. Slowly. The words are flowing. And so I am here.


Smokey Chicken Lime Tacos - Sneh Roy, Photo


I finished the book. On the deadline. It is my heart and soul. You will see. I revealed the cover of Tasty Express. Ten days ago, I graduated from Shillington. I almost didn't. But somehow I stumbled across the finish line. I flew to Melbourne for a few hours and won at the Kidspot's VOICES Of 2013 awards night. A $30,000 kitchen makeover by The Good Guys. Today, I will wrap up the March 2014 feature for ELLE magazine, send off my last newspaper column and post process my last photography project for this year. And then I will breathe. For a little while. Just for me.


Smokey Chicken Lime Tacos - Cook Republic


This taco recipe is hip, modern and smashing. It is great for a quick dinner or a make-yourself-a-taco dinner party with a bunch of people. It is one of my most favourite recipes and first appeared in the launch issue of ELLE magazine. When I asked on Facebook about the recipe you would like me to share from the past issue of the magazine, you taco fiends picked this over the grilled watermelon and granita. I was hoping you would. So here it is. For you.


Black Bean And Quinoa Salad - Cook Republic


I hope you have all been well. I have been reading your blogs, seeing your Instagrams, looking at your Facebook pages and tweets and reading your comments here. I think of many of you every single day, of how you have affected my life and are a part of it. I have missed you and I hope the silly season brings you a quiet joy and takes you into a new year of contentment and  possibilities.


Much love!




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A simple Mexican-inspired chicken stir fry perfect for taco night with a textural black bean and quinoa salad and loads of smokey chilli.
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Author: Sneh
Course // Chicken, Dinner, Mains, Salad
Cuisine // Mexican
Servings: 4


  • For the chicken
  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, 700g cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200 g canned diced tomatoes
  • For the salad
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • ½ cup canned black beans
  • ½ cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste
  • To serve
  • 8 to rtillas
  • sliced red chilli
  • handful of coriander leaves
  • lime wedges
  • sour cream, optional


  • Heat oil on high in a heavy bottomed skillet or saucepan. Sauté garlic for a few seconds. Add chicken, salt, cumin and paprika. Sauté for 5 minutes until chicken starts to brown. Add tomatoes, reduce heat to medium and cook for approximately 25 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.
  • Combine ingredients for salad in a bowl. Toss gently to combine.
  • When ready to serve warm tortillas in the microwave. Place a tortilla on a plate. Spoon some chicken on the tortilla. Top with salad, extra coriander, chili, lime and sour cream. Fold and eat.
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I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!


  1. shez

    Congratulations on getting through the year, Sneh. I hope the next few days are full of life and love and the ability to sit quietly and reflect and just be x

  2. Melissa

    What a year you have had! Full of such wonderful things but all emotionally and physically draining too. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and find some respite and time to recharge. These taco's look DELISH! I might make some over the silly season!

  3. Kankana

    What an amazing year you had Sneh and the book cover is just amazing. Love it. Just like all your food photographs!
    Keep rocking girl and wish you a fantastic year ahead 🙂
    This taco recipe is on my list now.

  4. Sarah Thornton-Smith

    You are an inspiration Sneh!!! Your energy and passion has seen me through a challenging year and I am grateful I stumbled across your blog, passions and life in my lifetime ... enjoy the peace, breathe the cool air and cheers to a brand new year of opportunities ....

  5. Grace

    Congratulations on your amazing year and on this delicious recipe! It looks so fresh and healthy but delicious (like so many mexican recipes) I've tried making my own tortillas as well, its actually surprisingly extremely easy and makes the meal seem even healthier. I think I'll try them out with this recipe 🙂 Thanks!

  6. nags

    it does sound like an intense year and i wondered on many occasions how you were doing it. congratulations!

    ps: i would love to know where you bought the tortillas but that can wait. take care and happy holidays!

  7. Cheryl

    How totally and completely amazing.

    I know that feeling well, of drowning, and sometimes you just have to go with it and know that when you come up you will better for the experience. It's those moments that help to define us (I think anyhow).

    And I do love a good taco recipe and this is definitely one.... Thanx for sharing it miss.

  8. Matt @ Inspiredfood

    Fantastic post Sneh, I know of the feeling you speak of all too well. Its that time of year where everything around you is crazy and the moment your surface for air you can breath a sigh of relief. Really looking forward to the book!

  9. Jane

    Hi Sneh,

    I'm glad your back, I've missed you but knew that you were really busy. I just can't wait for your cookbook to be available as i know how good it is going to be. All the very best for Christmas and the New Year and congratulations on all your successes this year. Keep up the good work !

    Love Jane xx

  10. Jasmine

    I feel a little of how you feel Sneh, it's been an intense year all round, yet so worthwhile for all that that breath of fresh air gives.
    It was so lovely to meet you at the awards night, look forward to catching up all over the web with ya, next year.
    Ps these taco's omg!

  11. Padaek

    This is such a beautiful post, and these are the most delicious looking tacos I've ever seen! Omg, your year sounds awesome and super hectic. Good on you Sneh. You're a wonderful inspiration! Congratulations on all your graduation and finishing Tasty Express too, and that kitchen makeover sounds awesome!! Can't wait to see it. Looking forward to seeing more of your magical surprises! Merry xmas to you and yours. 😛

  12. Veggie Mama

    You are so clever. I cannot wait to make this salad! Rest up, my dear x

  13. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    It HAS been a big year but you're always in control. It's always right to step back and savour the moment while you recharge for the next mountain to climb. We're really happy to see you AND this recipe. 🙂 Happy Christmas.

  14. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    What a year, I can only imagine the need to breathe and soak it all in! I love tacos, these are perfect for a party or just a weeknight!

  15. Rosa

    Mouthwatering! Tacos are so delicious and your look mighty good.



  16. Trini

    I only recently discovered your blog but am really loving what you do. Congratulations on all of your achievements this year, you deserve the break, so live it up! Best of luck for the year ahead and the release of your book. I can't wait to read it!

  17. Nicola | Homegrown Kitchen

    Lovely to see you back here. I thought I had slipped off you emailing list. Wow you have done amazing in the time you away and so can't wait to see your book. Happy holidays Sneh 🙂

  18. Elizabeth

    What a blockbuster of a creative year. Congratulations on finishing the book. Looking forward to seeing it.

  19. Deepa@onesmallpot

    Wow Sneh, you sound like you are well and truly ready for a holiday. But at least they have been happy happenings that have exhausted you. The tacos look delish. Congrats on an amazing year!

  20. Asha@fsk

    Congratulations on all the accomplishments this year Sneh!!! I can imagine that as exhilarating as it must have been, it also takes a fair bit out of you. I am glad you took some time away and are planning to take some time to yourself. I think that isreally important when you put so much of yourself out there!

    I am glad to see your posts back and looking fwd to seeing you back rejuvenated and energised in the new year!!!

    Happy Holidays Sneh! And wish you a restful relaxing time :))

  21. Prachi

    Awesome post.. Awesome year for you.. Wish you a very happy and relaxed holiday season..

  22. Zohra

    Hi Sneh,
    Good to see you back!
    I have been missing your posts in my inbox...

  23. Zohra

    And congratulations on all your achievements this year!

  24. Coco in the Kitchen

    Smoked paprika makes everything taste better.
    These look delicious, perfect for a busy pre-Xmas weeknight.

  25. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    The black bean salad looks lovely. I always forget to make this type of salad. Such a great accompaniment to the chicken!

  26. Lail | With A Spin

    Congratulations Sneh. What an amazing year!! I checked out the book cover when you revealed and it's stunning.

    A fantastic taco. Love that salad. Have a joyful holiday with friends and family.

  27. Kulsum

    It's hard isn't it. Success has so much hard work, tears and sleepless nights behind it. I'm so happy for you my friend and I know 2014 will be even better. Best wishes for new year. Can't wait for your book! I hope I'll get a signed copy huh? 🙂

  28. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    This looks delicious! A little different, but easy to make and healthy as well.
    Congratulations on what sounds like an amazing year and all the best for 2014!

  29. Amanda @ Gourmanda

    Sneh - congratulations SO MUCH on everything that you have achieved this year. The cover of Tasty Express looks incredible. Congratulations on graduating. I hope you had a relaxing holiday break, and may 2014 be a fantastic year for you!

  30. Justina

    Congrats on all your success. I have enjoyed all your writings. This looks delish.. thannks

  31. Caroline

    I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! So simple too, thanks so much for sharing the recipe. It's definitely a keeper in our house now. 🙂

  32. Yvonne

    This recipe sounds amazing!

  33. muppy

    I love this recipe. Can't wait until your book is released 🙂


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