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Lemon Marjoram Chicken Tacos with Asparagus & Lemon Mustard Sauce


2 tablespoon­s olive oil finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoon­s roughly chopped marjoram or oregano leaves generous pinch of freshly ground

black pepper

3 single chicken breasts, skin on ½ teaspoon flaky salt 12 store-bought soft tortillas 36 asparagus spears, tough ends removed, blanched in boiling water and refreshed under cold water

Lemon Mustard Sauce

(recipe follows)

Stir together the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, herbs, and pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat, then cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least one hour.

Heat the oven to 200°C. Place chicken, skin side up, in a small baking dish and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and internal juices run clear.

Remove from the oven and rest under a tea towel for 5 to 10 minutes until cool enough to handle. Shred the chicken by pulling pieces from top to bottom. Set aside. Reduce heat to 180°C. Stack the tortillas in two piles and wrap in foil. Warm through in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

Season the chicken and pile a small amount down the centre of each tortilla. Top with 3 asparagus spears, then drizzle with Lemon Mustard Sauce and serve. Makes 12 tacos. Serves 6

Cook’s tip: I find that cooking chicken breasts with the skin on makes the chicken tastier.


Whisk together 200ml natural yoghurt and the juice of 2 lemons. Stir in 2 tablespoon­s melted honey, 2 tablespoon­s dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon finely chopped marjoram or oregano leaves and ½ teaspoon flaky salt. Enough for 12 tacos

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