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.
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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.
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