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“Thailand is condiment heaven, with a gazillion sauces. This northern Thai-style one is extra-sour, because it uses both tamarind and lime,” says Naomi Duguid. Slideshow:  More Healthy Thai Recipes 

May 2012


Credit: © John Kernick

Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins
25 mins


marinated chicken
dipping sauce


marinate the chicken
  • In a mini food processor, process the cilantro, fish sauce and pepper to a coarse puree. Coat the chicken with the marinade. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

prepare the dipping sauce
  • In a bowl, combine the dissolved tamarind with the fish sauce, lime, garlic, chile, sugar and water.

  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Light a grill. Rub the chicken with the oil and rub the grill with an oiled paper towel. Grill the chicken over moderately high heat, turning, until charred, 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes, until cooked.

  • Just before serving, stir the cilantro into the dipping sauce and serve with the chicken.


Tamarind concentrate is available at Indian and Latin food shops.

One serving: 177 cal, 7 gm fat, 1.5 gm sat fat, 2 gm carb, 0 gm fiber, 26 gm protein.

Suggested Pairing

Peppery, raspberry-rich Zinfandel.