Preparing a dish that you eat with your hands is a surefire way to encourage your kids to clean their plates without much fuss. These delightful tacos by Dani at The Growing Foodie combine the savory flavors of jerk chicken and grilled peppers with the smoothness of cream cheese, making for a delicious riff on the classic taco that are perfect for little appetites and little hands. The best part about these tacos? The option to build your own, so even picky eaters can decide exactly what (and how) much they want. They get to pick what they want to eat, everyone digs in, dinner is a success. Makes 4 servings.

jerk chicken tacos

1 chicken breast, sliced in half lengthwise
4 tablespoons jerk seasoning
2 red peppers, julienne
2 green peppers, julienne
1/3 cup neufchatel cream cheese
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons light sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 corn tortillas

1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Season both sides of each half of the chicken breast with jerk seasoning. Grill the chicken slices for about 8 minutes per side (until fully cooked through). Slice chicken thinly into strips. Grill the peppers about 4 minutes per side, until cooked and softened.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine cream cheese, cilantro, sour cream and salt.

3. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly on the shells. Top each taco evenly with chicken and peppers. Serve immediately.

recipe and photo courtesy of Dani at The Growing Foodie

Dani, an NYC-based food blogger, doesn’t let her “more-than” full time job working in commercial real estate finance keep her from spending her evenings in the kitchen. Even after a 12-15 hour workday, Dani is in the kitchen fixing up dinner or dessert. 100+ degree day? Dani’s ovens are on and her kitchen is a bustling hub of activity. A frequent finalist and semi-finalist in many regional and national food competitions, Dani keeps track of her culinary ventures on her blog, The Growing Foodie. Check out her website to find her recipes and adventures in life through food.