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Vietnamese Grilled Chicken

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

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



READER'S COMMENT:
"I am a big fan of fruit with meat. This recipe is just perfect - and the chicken always turns out very juicy and tender. My family loves the complex tangy and sweet flavors. "
Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lime juice, (2 limes)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 bone-in chicken legs, (about 2 1/2 pounds total), skin and fat removed, cut in half through the joint
  • 1 1/2 cups Papaya Relish, (recipe follows)

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Preparation

  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.

Nutrition

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.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (26% daily value), Zinc (19% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

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



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Everyday favorites
Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
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Asian
Vietnamese
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Easy
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
4
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Chicken
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