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Vietnamese Grilled Chicken


From EatingWell:  July/August 1996, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

Meaty chicken thighs are well suited to this intensely flavored Vietnamese marinade.

4 servings | Active Time: 50 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (including marinating time)



  1. Whisk lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, peppers, sugar and oil in a small bowl. Pour about half of this marinade into a shallow glass dish and reserve the remainder for basting. Add chicken pieces to the dish and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, make Papaya Relish. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  3. Oil the grill rack. Grill the chicken, covered, turning several times and basting the browned sides with the reserved marinade, until well browned but not charred, and no longer pink inside, 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with Papaya Relish.


Per serving : 253 Calories; 9 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 104 mg Cholesterol; 11 g Carbohydrates; 28 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 544 mg Sodium; 343 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat