I love, love, love this chicken. I often get a craving for the wonderful flavor profile it has–ginger, garlic, brown sugar, lime juice, and my favorite part of the chicken–thighs. Other than my daughter, who despises chicken, everyone has loved this dish when I make it. It only takes a few minutes to whip together the marinade in the morning, pour it over the chicken, and let it wait until you turn on the grill for supper.
I usually serve this chicken with rice. I have tried a coconut rice recipe and a cilantro lime recipe, and my kids did not like either one. They want just plain old white rice. To jazz mine up, I will drizzle some of the reserved marinade over the top. For the meal pictured in the post, we had grilled vegetables and bread.
I use this recipe exactly as it is described at Our Best Bites, so please follow the link to that website by clicking the blue words. I will include my own pictures of the process and my tips below.
- The first step is to gather your ingredients. Instead of fresh garlic, I often substitute with this jarred minced garlic. Curry comes in a variety of colors and types; I just pick up the standard curry in the spice section of the regular grocery store, and the chicken turns out great. I go VERY scant on the cayenne pepper because my kids complain if things are too spicy. I don’t omit it because it does add a nice flavor, but I only use a dash.
- If you have never tried cooking with fresh ginger, you should really give it a try. It is that weird looking vegetable(?)/root in the produce department. You usually just break off a chunk from a large root on the store shelf. I was a little intimidated when I first bought fresh ginger because I didn’t really know what I was doing. Now it is one of my grocery staples; I always have a little chunk in my vegetable drawer. It smells soooo good when you cut into it, and it adds wonderful flavor to this meat dish. Some people ask, “Can I just use powdered ginger instead?” Most information I have read says that the two are very different from each other and should NOT be substituted for each other, but occasionally I come across a recipe that says you can use either. So my honest answer is, “I don’t know.” I have always used fresh for this recipe.
- All the ingredients get whisked together in a bowl or smushed together in a large zip top bag. Add the trimmed chicken thighs (I always use boneless but bone-in would work too. And, I suppose chicken breasts would work also, but thighs are so much juicier and tastier.)
- The meat marinates for several hours and then gets cooked on a grill for only a few minutes. I always follow the recipe tip to reserve a little of the marinade to brush on top of the meat at the end and/or to drizzle over rice.
I definitely do NOT mind leftovers of this one. Delicious for lunch the next day.
Source: Get the recipe here at Our Best Bites.