Though these breasts are great served hot off the grill, you
can also serve them cold on a hot day, either plain or sliced atop a salad.
Before chopping the lemongrass, be sure to cut off the spiky
green top and enough of the bottom to eliminate the woody core. Peel off a few
of the outer layers until you’re left with just the tender heart of the stalk.
1-1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro (leaves and tender stems)
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup finely chopped lemongrass (from about 2 stalks)
12 fresh basil leaves
3 Thai bird chiles, 2 jalapeños, or 2 medium serranos,
stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 Tbs. kosher salt
2 tsp. packed light brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3/4 tsp. ground coriander
12 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (5 to 5-1/2
lb.), trimmed (remove the tenderloins if still attached)
2 limes, cut into wedges for serving
1-1/4 cups of the cilantro with the coconut milk, lemongrass, basil, chiles,
garlic, salt, brown sugar, pepper, and coriander in a food processor or blender
and purée until smooth.
chicken breasts in a nonreactive baking dish or other vessel large enough to
accommodate them in a snug single layer.
marinade over the breasts and turn to coat them well.
refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
Heat a gas grill to medium high or prepare a medium-hot
chicken (covered on a gas grill) until it has good grill marks on the first
side, 4 to 5 minutes.
chicken (cover a gas grill) and continue to cook until firm to the touch and
completely cooked through (check by making a slice into one of the thicker
breasts), 5 to 6 more minutes.
a platter and let rest for 5 minutes.
with the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and serve with the lime wedges.
Tips: Though these breasts are great served hot
off the grill, they’re also fine served cold in the coming days, either plain
or sliced atop a salad.
Nutrition information (per serving): Calories (kcal): 240,
Fat (kcal): 7, Fat Calories (g): 70, Saturated Fat (g): 4, Protein (g): 39,
Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 3, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg):
1, Sodium (g): 510, Cholesterol (g): 105, Fiber (g): 0.