Thai Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Thai Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Adapted from foodandwine.com
Thai Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Adapted from foodandwine.com

Ingredients

  • 2

    jalapeño peppers, seeds and ribs removed

  • 4

    cloves garlic, 2 smashed, 2 minced

  • 1/2

    cup lightly packed cilantro leaves and stems, plus 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

  • 2

    tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nam pla or nuoc mam)

  • 1

    tablespoon cooking oil

  • 1

    teaspoon Asian sesame oil

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • 4

    boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/3 pounds in all)

  • 6

    tablespoons rice-wine vinegar

  • 1

    tablespoon sugar

  • 1/4

    teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes

  • 1 1/2

    tablespoons water

Directions

Light the grill or heat the broiler. In a blender or food processor, puree the jalapeños, smashed garlic cloves, the 1/2 cup cilantro leaves and stems, the fish sauce, cooking oil, sesame oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Put the chicken in a shallow dish and coat it with the cilantro puree. Advertisement Grill the chicken over moderately high heat or broil it for 5 minutes. Turn and cook until just done, about 5 minutes longer. Meanwhile, in a small stainless-steel saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to a simmer, stirring. Simmer for 2 minutes. Pour the liquid into a small glass or stainless-steel bowl and let cool. Add the minced garlic, the 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, the red-pepper flakes, and water. Serve each chicken breast with a small bowl of the dipping sauce alongside. NOTES Asian fish sauce is available at Asian markets and many supermarkets. SUGGESTED PAIRING The rich, unctuous texture and pronounced fruity flavor of a dry Gewürztraminer from France's Alsace region will provide a lovely contrast to these strong, spicy flavors.

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