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Marinated grilled chicken
with cilantro garlic sauce
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Marinade ingredients
1 / 2 cup oil, vegetable or olive
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 / 2 teaspoon salt
6 large chicken breast or boneless thighs
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cilantro Garlic sauce ingredients
1 cup cilantro, minced
1 / 4 olive oil
1 ounce fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 cloves garlic minced
1 / 2 teaspoon sesame oil

In a mixing bowl combine oil, sugar, garlic, sesame oil, pepper flakes and salt. Stir.
Wash chicken and pat dry. Add chicken to marinade, turning to coat. Cover the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator at least one hour. Heat the grill.

Stir together cilantro, oil, orange juice, soy sauce, garlic and sesame oil in a small bowl.
Remove the chicken from marinade; season with salt and pepper. Discard marinade or cook it down to use as glaze.

When grilling over direct heat, cook chicken 5 to 8 minutes per side (longer if needed). I love grilling over indirect heat - there's less chance of burning the meat if you are having fun with your guests and the meat stays moist. Boneless chicken can takes 20 to 30 minutes to cook. Take your time and enjoy you friends and family.

To serve, top each piece of chicken with the cilantro garlic sauce. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.

That grilled chicken goes well with potatoes - mashed, baked, boiled or fried or with rice or pasta. For other ideas you can slice the chicken and use it in salads or to make grilled chicken salad.
The marinade can be used with beef or pork and is fabulous. Add a bit of mayonnaise to the cilantro garlic sauce and mix it well. Try it as a salad dressing or to top a baked potato.
Enjoy your summer grilling!

The grilling season is in full swing and I have been asked to give chicken and grilling recipes. Notice I say grilling, not barbecue. For me barbecue is with sauce and involves spending a few hours outside with a cold beers or chilled white wine, whereas grilling as can be done fairly quickly, but still provide wonderful flavors. That being said, I hope you enjoyed this recipe (Mary's) for grilled chicken. Please let me know if you would like more ideas for the grill (or barbecue).

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