Kept the recipe exactly the same, but used grouper instead of chicken and drizzled the dipping sauce over the top when it came off the grill. Great!
Thai Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Dipping Sauce
- 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
- 1. 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.
- 2. Grill the chicken over moderately high heat or broil it for 5 minutes. Turn and cook until just done, about 5 minutes longer.
- 3. 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.
- Wine Recommendation: 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.
- Notes: Asian fish sauce is available at Asian markets and many supermarkets
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