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Islands Yaki Soft Tacos Copycat Recipe
Islands Yaki Soft Tacos
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 960
Cook Time: 6 hours
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (4 reviews)

Menu Description: "Three flour tortillas stuffed w/marinated chicken, Teriyaki sauce, Jack cheese, pineapple, lettuce, tomatoes & scallions."

If you love the sweet taste of teriyaki marinated chicken, you'll dig the Yaki Soft tacos at this Hawaiian-themed burger chain. Sure, Islands is famous for its burgers, but many also go for the several choices of soft tacos—and the one I've cloned here is the top-seller. After testing all popular brands of teriyaki sauce on the market, I found that none have the heavy ginger notes of the chain's version, so you'll want to make the sauce from scratch. Which is really no big deal, since it's an easy process and you'll end up with a Teriyaki sauce/marinade that's better than any store version, and you can use it in all sorts of recipes. When you buy the canned pineapple, go for the 20-ounce can or get two 8-ounces cans. You'll need that much since you'll use the pineapple chunks in both the sauce and on the tacos (and you'll even use some of the juice from the can in your Teriyaki sauce). When chopping the chunks, take the time to slice each chunk into quarters (lengthwise, with the grain) so you get thin pineapple pieces that are the exact size of the stuff they use in the restaurant. Or you can find smaller pineapple chunks in some stores (see Tidbits).

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

Teriyaki Sauce
1 3/4 cups water
Submitted on: 06/27/13
I always order these yummy tacos when I go to Island's. This recipe recreates it perfectly. Thanks!
Wonderful Hawaiian Flavor
Wendy Hampton  
Submitted on: 09/07/11
I really liked the sauce and will be experimenting with it in other recipes. Thanks so much.
Submitted on: 07/14/07
This is an excellent recipe great for any gathering.
Submitted on: 09/20/05
this is one of my new favorite recipes! really good!