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Thai Inspired Dinner

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In this episode, we make a delicious Thai inspired dinner. I will start by showing you a simple marinade for my Thai chicken. It has an incredible flavor, highlighted by fresh cilantro, lime juice and chili peppers. Then I show you how to make a refreshing papaya salad. Though I bought the wrong papayas, I discovered that mistakes can yield some good results. You'll see.
  Whole chicken 1 Small
For the marinade
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), crush and minced
  Thai chilies 3 Medium, chopped
  Kosher salt To Taste (For seasoning)
  Black pepper To Taste (For seasoning)
  Cilantro 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Lemon grass stalk 1 Medium, chopped
  Fish sauce 2 Tablespoon (Optional)
  Coconut milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Lime 1 Medium, juiced
For the green papaya salad
  Palm sugar/Regular sugar 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Lime 1 Medium
  Green papaya 2 Cup (32 tbs), shredded (Seeds scooped out)
  Green beans 6 Medium
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Fish sauce 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Dried shrimp 1 Tablespoon
  Thai chilies 2 Medium
  Cherry tomatoes/Grape tomatoes 5 Medium, halved
  Peanuts 2 Tablespoon, toasted and crushed (Optional)

1. Take a mortar and pestle and put the garlic, Thai chilies, cilantro and lemon grass into it. Season with salt and pepper and squeeze the juice from 1 lime into it. Also add a dash of fish sauce if you want to.
2. Grind coarsely so that all the ingredients are blended.
3. Take a container and add a cup of coconut milk into it. Add the grounded mix from the mortar and pestle into this container. Set it aside.
4. Prepare the chicken by cutting out the backbone and flattening the breast till it cracks.
5. Cut slits into the thickest portions of the meat and spread the marinade liberally all over the chicken and set it aside for about an hour.

To make the salad:
6. In a mortar and pestle, crush a clove of garlic, add some of the green beans and a couple of cherry tomatoes. Pound it to juice the tomatoes and crush the beans.
7. Add the chili peppers and transfer it into a bowl. Add the shredded papaya and toss well.
5. Set the chicken on a heated grill with the skin side up first and grill for about 15 to 20 minutes per side.

6. Serve warm with the green papaya salad.

If the papaya is too ripe, you can balance out the taste by adding in some shredded daikon radish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
If you are planning to grill some chicken then try this Thai inspired recipe! The chicken is marinated in a very simple marinade of fresh cilantro, lemon grass, lime, chilies and garlic, and fish sauce, and coconut, which gives the chicken and it an incredible flavor and keeps it succulent and moist all the way through. Also learn how to make a refreshing papaya salad. This is going to transport you to a tropical island of Thailand!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1083 Calories from Fat 672

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 76 g116.8%

Saturated Fat 30.4 g152%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 303.7 mg101.2%

Sodium 1522 mg63.4%

Total Carbohydrates 23 g7.7%

Dietary Fiber 4.5 g17.9%

Sugars 13.3 g

Protein 77 g154.8%

Vitamin A 31.9% Vitamin C 104.1%

Calcium 10.7% Iron 29.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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