Friday, July 26, 2013

Thai Grilled Chicken with a Spicy Dipping Sauce

As much as I love to cook, I love summer time because we prepare almost every meal on the grill. The cleanup is easier, you don't heat up the house, and the food just tastes like summer. We use our grill year round (even in the snow!), but there is something about grilling in the summer that makes the food taste different.
I was excited when I saw that this Taste of Home Cooking Recipe Swap was Grilling/Cookout Recipes. I was given a recipe for Thai Turkey with a Spicy Dipping Sauce from the blog Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks. We had just moved in to our new home when I was given this recipe, so I was excited to make it for our first meal cooked in the house.
Turkey is something I usually only eat once a year on Thanksgiving, so I didn't even know that I'd be able to get it in the summer. I checked out my store and they had ground turkey and large turkey breasts that I didn't really want to portion and have a ton left over, so I ended up using chicken breasts instead.
I liked that the recipe used both a rub and a dipping sauce - the bright lime and cilantro rub paired with the spicy and tart Thai chili garlic dipping sauce was seriously packed with so much flavor that Jon, my husband who loves bold and spicy food, thought it was too much! I do agree that the rub on the chicken was so good that you didn't even need the dipping sauce, but having the dipping sauce  added another layer of flavors that I really enjoyed. I devoured this meal and will definitely make it again. I served it with some grilled asparagus and these Spicy Sesame Soy Noodles.

Thanks for sharing this recipe, Heather Lynne!
Thai Grilled Chicken (Turkey) with a Spicy Dipping Sauce
For the chicken/turkey and brine:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 4 turkey breast cutlets
  • 2 quarts cold water
 For the rub:
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
For the dipping sauce:
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (juice from 1 lime)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (I didn't use this)
  • 1 tbsp Thai chili-garlic sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Combine the sugar and salt in a large bowl along with 2 quarts of cold water.  Mix until the sugar and salt dissolve.  Place the chicken/turkey in the brine and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Remove the chicken/turkey from the brine, rinse with cool water, and pat dry.
  • The dipping sauce: combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour to allow flavors to combine.
  • The rub: combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Use your fingers and mix thoroughly.  Using your hands, rub 2 tablespoons of the mixture on each chicken/turkey breast cutlet.
  • Heat the grill to 400 degrees.  Cook the chicken/turkey cutlets for 6-7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature of the turkey is 160 degrees.  Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve over rice (I served with noodles) with a side of the dipping sauce.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fresh Fruit Skewers with Sweet Cream Dip

I'm still here - I promise! Over the past month we have been so busy doing a lot of work on our new home that we have been depending on our grill and takeout for dinners. We finally moved in yesterday and I can't wait to get back to cooking and trying new recipes. 

Several weeks ago my daughter's school planned a dessert bar for the teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day. Everyone was signing up to bring cookies, cakes and other sweets. I decided to even things out a bit and bring fruit.

I decided to make skewers of strawberries, pineapple, grapes, and cantaloupe served with a sweet cream dip.

To make things a little easier, I bought a jar of sliced pineapple in 100% juice (not syrup). The grapes didn't have to be cut, so the only think I had to do was remove the stem/leaves from the strawberries (very simple using a 1/4 tsp) and cube the cantaloupe. Simply skewer the fruit onto the wooden skewers, alternating fruit to make them pretty. I made them the night before and stored them on a try covered tightly with plastic wrap.
I found the recipe for the Sweet Cream Dip on and it was the best part of this treat - so easy (three ingredients!) and seriously addictive. I put a little in a bowl for myself and ate it with a spoon..

Sweet Cream Dip
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine these three ingredients. Let stand, covered, in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.