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Thai Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  20 Minutes
  Serves 4
Cilantro stems get in the act in this recipe; they're pureed with the leaves, jalapenos, garlic, fish sauce, and sesame oil to make a flavorful coating for grilled chicken. The dipping sauce, which also contains cilantro, is a classic Thai sweet-and-sour sauce. Or, for an alternative taste, try this Thai Peanut Sauce and others.
2 jalapeno 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 fish sauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/3 pounds total)
6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons water
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Light the grill or heat the broiler. In a blender or food processor, puree the jalapenos, 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.

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.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 258
Fat. Total: 7g
Protein: 37g
Carbohydrates, Total: 11g
Sodium: 1283mg
% Cal. from Fat: 24%
Cholesterol: 93mg
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