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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Asian-styled Marinade--Fabulous!

Asian-styled Marinade (livligahome)

It is fun to experiment with marinades, especially in the summertime. It is an easy way to add "personality" and flair to a meal. You can combine spices, herbs and sauces that are representative of other cultures for variety or a themed menu.

For an Asian-styled marinade try this:

4 large garlic cloves
1 large shallot, cut into large pieces
1 one-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into pieces
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons jarred sliced jalapeno chile pepper
1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

4 pounds of chicken pieces (8 thighs)
To make this a kid-friendly recipe use chicken legs.

1. Drop first 4 ingredients into the feed tube of a food processor that is running. Next add the basil and process until finely minced. Then add the remaining ingredients until the marinade is well mixed.
2. Rinse chicken pieces under cold water. Place the chicken in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag, pressing most of the air out of it. Turn the bag to make sure the marinade is well distributed on all pieces of the chicken.
3. Place the sealed bag inside a bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 4 -6 hours or overnight. Turn the bag occasionally.
4. Heat the grill. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Grill the chicken on each side, turning every 2-3 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill.  Grill for 8-12 minutes or until done.

Serves 8. 275 calories per serving.

The marinade is flavorful but not spicy hot. It makes for a tasty, moist chicken. This marinade is a huge hit with the family. A definite repeat.

To make it a meal I added a mixed green salad with sliced cherry tomatoes with a light Dijon vinaigrette (65/cal) and corn on the cob (90/cal). Total calories for the meal are 430.

Enjoy! and Live Vibrant!