For most people, there is such thing as a grilling season, and it’s starting right about now. For us, the grill is going all year-long, no matter the temperature outside. We never stop. Of course, it is a lot nicer to be out moving stuff around the grill wearing shorts and a t-shirt instead of a down jacket. Let me rephrase that: it’s a lot nicer to do anything wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
This is the perfect recipe for those busy days. Boneless chicken thighs stay the whole day in the fridge, marinating in coconut milk, tamarind, and a few selected spices. When you get home, bring the chicken to room temperature as you heat your grill and get your side dishes going. The meat will be moist, tender, with the right amount of heat. You will love this!
GRILLED CHICKEN WITH TAMARIND AND COCONUT GLAZE
(slightly modified from One Perfect Bite)
1/2 cup coconut milk (or yogurt)
1 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon garam masala (or ground cumin)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 lemon, cut in wedges
Sprigs of fresh cilantro for serving (optional)
In a large bowl, combine coconut milk, tamarind paste, garlic, salt, garam masala and cayenne. Add chicken and turn to coat well with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours.
Remove chicken from marinade, and grill for 8 to 10 minutes per side. You could also brown chicken in a skillet on stove, place on a baking sheet and finish cooking in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Garnish with lemon wedges and cilantro.
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The classic substitution suggested for tamarind paste is lime juice, as the main purpose of the tamarind is to bring acidity into the equation. Of course, it’s acceptable, but the paste is one of those ingredients that once you start using, you will get more and more fond of. Just like miso, it keeps forever. You can use it in drinks, in desserts, in all sorts of recipes. Not sold yet? Let me share a few delicious options:
Tamarind-Glazed Honey Shrimp, from A_Boleyn
Chickpeas and Chana Dal Cooked Together in a Mint Sauce, from Eats Well with Others
Thai Red Curry with Pork Belly, from Rachel Cooks Thai
Creamy Peanut Chutney, from Love Food Eat
Prawn Sambal, from Sea Salt with Food
Indian-Spiced Pulled Pork with Tamarind Barbecue Sauce, from Angela’s Food Love
Tamarind Date Cake, from Dan Lepard
Tamarind and Fresh Ginger Cake with Lime Glazing, from Anh’s Food Blog
Mozambique Chicken, from The Perfect Pantry
Tamarind Rice (Puli Sadham), from Chitra’s Food Book
Agua de Tamarindo, from A_Boleyn
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