This is one of those really deceiving recipes.
Kind of like the item of clothing you see in the store and swear it will look awful on you: but try it on, and voila! A perfect fit. A match made in heaven.
How can so few ingredients yield anything SO special?
Trust me on this one, this IS a special dish. It is easy to throw together, and creates a pretty fabulous dinner!
Andrea Nguyen hit a home-run again with this recipe. Don’t be deceived by the simple ingredients, it is really delicious and the dipping sauce is a must! I could eat this every week, no problem! My kids gobble it up too.
Why Fish Sauce?
If you are not accustomed to fish sauce, or think you will hate, try again! Fish sauce is the salt in many Asian cuisines. I am a very finicky fish eater…any sort of fish taste and I head for the hills, really. Even as far as my taste buds have come from my picky beginnings. Fish sauce even smells funkilicious, but once in your food and cooked, it makes dishes truly sing.
If you have ever eaten Thai or Vietnamese food, you can bet you have had fish sauce.
Time Saving Meal Prep:
This is one of my favorite marinades to throw together when I do batch marinating.
This is how it works: I come home from the store with a whole bunch of boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or sometimes breasts), I whip together several quick and easy marinades. I place each in a Ziploc bag along with a dinners worth of thighs. I let those bag marinate overnight then place them in the freezer for ready made meals!! Here are some of my favorites:
- Lemon Garlic Chicken
- Asian Garlic Chicken
- Thai Garlic Chicken
- Chicken Fajitas
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Cilantro Lime Chicken @ Tasty Thin
- Keto Fried Chicken @ MY PCOS Kitchen
Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Recipe:
Vietnamese Grilled Chicken
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or if you prefer, with skin (lean cuts of meat will not work overly well with this dish)
Dipping Sauce (adjust amounts to personal preferences, this is enough for 1-2 people):
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (not fine ground, it will be too salty)
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 serrano chile sliced (w/ the seeds will be more spicy, without less so)
Mix all marinade ingredients together.
Add in chicken and marinate for at least 3 hours, I usually put it together in the morning or at lunchtime. *or see tip above*
Preheat grill to hot.
Add chicken to quickly sear for a couple of minutes, then flip to do the same to the other side.
Turn down temp to med-low, close your lid, and let cook gently until done (Meat will register 165 degrees)
Remove from grill, tent with some foil, and let the meat rest a couple of minutes.
Slice and serve with sticky rice and dipping sauce!
PLAN FOR MARINATE TIME!!
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