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Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Ginny Branch

 

Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 20 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 2 thighs and 1 tablespoon sauce)
As a variation, you could grill the chicken thighs--a little charring would complement the sauce. No mortar and pestle? Process the paste base in a mini chopper.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind

Nutrition Information

  • calories 260
  • fat 14.8 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • monofat 6 g
  • polyfat 4.1 g
  • protein 28.5 g
  • carbohydrate 1.6 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 159 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 489 mg
  • calcium 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until browned. Turn; sauté 4 minutes or until chicken is done. Place chicken on a platter.

  2. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, shallots, and garlic in a mortar and pestle; smash mixture to a paste. Combine garlic mixture, cilantro, and remaining ingredients. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro mixture over each chicken thigh.

Cook's Notes

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