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Lime and Coconut Chicken Paillards

Source: Fine Cooking - Issue No. 23
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 15 Minutes
  Serves 4
This Indonesian-inspired marinade doubles as a sauce and is just as good with fish, pork, or beef. If you have time, use whole spices and toast and grind them. The dish is delicious hot or at room temperature.
For the Chicken:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/4 pounds total)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil; more for the pan
Grated zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
Pinch cayenne
1 small fresh hot chile, such as Thai or serrano, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges
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Cut and pound the chicken for preparing chicken cutlets. In a bowl large enough to fit the chicken breasts, combine the oil, lime zest, cumin, coriander, soy sauce, salt, sugar, curry powder, coconut milk, cayenne, and chile. Toss the chicken in the marinade. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator; scrape off the marinade and reserve it. Heat a grill pan, cast-iron skillet, or heavy sauté pan. While the pan is heating up, put the marinade in a smaller saucepan and heat it until boiling. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2 min., stirring to prevent burning. Transfer to a sauce bowl.

Raise the heat under the pan to high, brush it with a little oil, and cook the chicken in batches. It will turn opaque and cook very quickly. Cook the first side for just 1 min., flip the meat over, and cook the other side until the chicken is light golden, 30 seconds to 1 min. Transfer the chicken to a warm plate; cover loosely to keep warm. Garnish with the cilantro; serve with the lime wedges and the boiled marinade as a dipping sauce.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Fine Cooking Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 444
Fat. Total: 20g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 11g
Sodium: 1483mg
% Cal. from Fat: 41%
Cholesterol: 137mg
Protein: 56g
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Rating: 4
by: Sophie Reviewed: 06/06/2010
Great flavor - omit the salt
This was a tasty dish. We made it with beef. I would omit the salt though since the soy sauce added enough saltiness without the added 1 1/2 t salt that recipe calls for. We'll definately make this again.
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