Saturday, June 25, 2011

Asian BBQ Chicken & Avocado Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Grilled food at it's finest.  That's it.  I tried this recipe for the first time a couple of months ago & we've made this chicken a few times since then.  Now I'm not a griller- I leave that task to my hubby.  Thankfully he really enjoys long as he can multi-task with a beer!

{Asian BBQ Chicken}
recipe compliments of OurBestBites
adapted from Cooking Light

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
3-4 garlic cloves; minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Combine everything but the chicken in a small bowl.  Whisk to dissolve brown sugar.   Place marinade & chicken in a zip-lock bag.  Pop that bag in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, or longer if you have it (even overnight.)

Preheat grill.  Spray cooking surface with cooking spray & place chicken on to cook.  Cook for 5-10 minutes on each side depending on the thickness.  Optional: garnish with sliced green onions.

Tip: When I made this I usually make 1 1/2 times the marinade.  I reserve some of the marinade before adding the chicken & then use it in the last few minutes of grilling, or just brush it on after for extra flavor. 

On the side, I made rice & this salad...they went great together.  I'll post the rice recipe soon!

{Avocado & Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette}

5 ears corn, grilled & removed from the cob
2 avocados; diced & sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
2 cups grape tomatoes; sliced in half
1 small red onion; finely chopped
3/4 cup feta; crumbled
1 1/2 cup english cucmber; skin on & chopped to a small dice

{Cilantro Vinaigrette}

6 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 Tablespoons cilantro; minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 grinds of fresh ground pepper

Add all of the above ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid. 
Shake really well.  Taste & adjust seasoning as you desire. 

When ready to serve salad, add the dressing & gently toss.

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