Thai Grilled Chicken With Honey-Chili Glaze
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- Ready In:
- 4 slices fresh ginger, quarter-size, 1/4 inch thick, minced
- 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 pieces lemongrass (2-inch pieces )
- 8 skinless chicken thighs (I use boneless,skinless)
- 1⁄2 cup flaked coconut
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- 4 scallions, green parts included, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeds included
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon rice vinegar or 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup honey
- 1⁄3 cup dry roasted salted peanut, finely chopped
- Combine the ginger, coconut milk, salt and pepper in a large zip-lock bag. Add lemon grass. Place the chicken thighs in the mixture and refrigerate overnight.
- Make the Honey-Chili Glaze: In a food processor, chop together the jalapeno and brown sugar. Scrape into a small saucepan. Add the venegar, salt, and honey and bring to a boil. Simmer over very low heat for about 2 minutes. Stir in the peanuts.
- Prepare a charcoal grill to medium heat or preheat the broiler.
- Drain the chicken and cook about 8-10 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the thighs and the heat. Grill until chicken is cooked through (careful not to over cook.).
- After chicken is done cooking, place on a platter and pout the Honey-Chili Glaze over the hot chicken. Coat all pieces well, then sprinkle with coconut, cilatro and the scallions. This can be served hot or cold! Enjoy.
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I have made this several times, and it's always fantastic. A few notes; be sure to oil your grill well; the chicken will stick. Also, some people do not like the taste to cilantro. I often take fresh kaffir lime leaves and chop them finely and add them either instead of or in addition to the cilantro. The flavor of the lime leaves goes exceptionally well with the fresh aromatic flavor of the lemongrass. Thanks for sharing one of the finest chicken recipes ever!
These chicken thighs were a bit hit at a family gathering -- slightly spicy jalepeno tapered by the sweet honey, a winning combination. All palates enjoyed them. Super easy to make, though you do need to be quick about making the glaze or it'll burn. The marinade is not to be skipped -- people had commented on the subtle flavor in the chicken meat as much as the sauce. This is a keeper. Thank you so much for sharing!