Thai Wit-Glazed Grilled Chicken

Thai Wit-Glazed Grilled Chicken

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2018

This chicken's sticky, citrusy glaze is a flavor-packed combo of Belgian wit beer, coriander and orange—plus it gets a Thai-inspired spin from lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Use a bottle from your favorite brewery or opt for easy-to-find Blue Moon Belgian White (and have a few extra bottles on hand to drink with it!).

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 1-inch piece lemongrass, halved and bruised
  • 2 fresh kaffir lime leaves or 1½ teaspoons chopped jarred leaves
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups wit beer
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


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  1. Toast coriander seeds in a large saucepan over medium heat until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, lemongrass, lime leaves and 1 tablespoon oil. (Use caution, the oil may spatter.) Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add beer, orange juice and brown sugar; bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 25 to 30 minutes. Strain; discard the solids. You should have about ⅓ cup sauce.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.
  3. Brush chicken with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching bone reaches 160°F, 15 to 20 minutes total. Brush with about half of the sauce and grill until caramelized in spots, about 2 minutes more.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Stir any accumulated juices from the platter into the remaining sauce and drizzle over the chicken. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 thigh
  • Per serving: 326 calories; 18 g fat(4 g sat); 0 g fiber; 12 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 130 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 7 g added sugars; 116 IU vitamin A; 16 mg vitamin C; 20 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 224 mg sodium; 346 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (27% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: ½ other carb, 3 medium-fat protein, 1 fat

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