In a special MIYK feature, Meike visited James' grandparents Gina and Jimmy at their home in California. Gina and Jimmy are what we call “typical LA”, both work in the film industry (Disney) and have an interesting background: Jimmy has Mexican roots and Gina’s family is from Italy. The dish they prepared was inspired by Mexico: Grilled chicken tacos with red cabbage, avocado, tomatoes and coriander – a fresh and light Mexican- Californian classic. Full of protein and healthy vegetables, this is a great dish for all the clean eaters out there.

Grilled Chicken Tacos Recipe

Step-by-step Recipe


Serves 4-6


4 large organic chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)

4 lemons, juiced

½ cup (120ml) olive oil

1 small onion, diced

4-6 fresh long rosemary sprigs, needles only

Sea salt

Ground pepper


12 organic corn or flour tortillas, whichever you prefer

¼-½ head of organic purple cabbage, shredded

3-4 ripe organic avocados, peeled and sliced

1 large handful organic cherry tomatoes, halved

½-1 cup (100-150g) feta cheese, crumbled

Tomatillo salsa

1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves only, chopped 1-2 limes, juiced




Using a fork, pierce the chicken generously and place in a large plastic zip lock bag or casserole dish. In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, onion, rosemary, salt, and pepper and pour over the chicken, making sure that all sides of the breasts get a good coating. Close the zip lock with as little air inside as possible, or cover the casserole dish, and let the chicken sit for at least 2 hours at room temperature, or overnight in the fridge.

If you marinate the chicken over night, take it out of the fridge about 1 hour before grilling. Turn the chicken a few times in the marinade to make sure the marinade is getting worked throughout the meat.

Pre-heat the grill on medium-high heat and grill the chicken, with the lid closed, for about 4-6 minutes or until golden brown. Turn to brown the other side and pour some or all of the marinade from the bag onto the breasts at this point, letting the diced onion and rosemary cover the meat. Close the lid of the grill and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. You can cut into the thickest part of a breast to check it is cooked. Transfer the chicken to a plate, cover with aluminium foil, and let it rest for about 5 minutes.


While the chicken is grilling, warm the tortillas up by wrapping the stack in foil and putting in a 300°F (150°C) oven for 5-10 minutes or warm them in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

Tacos are a do it yourself meal, so put all the fixings in bowls on the table and let everyone make their own.


Think about your grandparents for a moment - one of the first memories that comes to mind is the food that has always been there with them. Now imagine a sunny day in California, sitting at a long wooden table, eating tacos, talking and lots of laughter. That is exactly what our MIYK feature about Gina and Jimmy looked like.

On September 7th, Meike and her boyfriend James visited his grandparents Gina and Jimmy for a special "Mom Feature". With her "Mama-Features", Meike takes a look behind the scenes of amatuer chefs. Even amatuer chefs and their passion can be a great source of information. Gina and Jimmy are what you would call "typical LA". Both work in the film industry (Disney) and have an interesting background: Jimmy has Mexican roots and Gina's family is from Italy.

The dish they cooked together is inspired by Mexican cuisine: grilled chicken tacos with red cabbage, avocado, tomato and cilantro - a fresh, light classic from Mexican-California cuisine. This colorful dish is typical of the cooking style of Gina and Jimmy. They are critical eaters and love sustainable food. All of their ingredients come from organic farms in the region. They love to cook and like to celebrate with friends and relatives: "Eat something from everything, bring color to the plate, eat fresh," is her kitchen motto. Meike and James spent a beautiful summer morning with the lovely couple in their garden by the pool. They talked and enjoyed spending time together as a family at their long wooden table.


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