Marinating the chicken with ginger, fish sauce, lime and lemongrass adds a big boost of flavor without fat. The peanut sauce gets madeover with some light coconut milk and reduced fat peanut butter. A crunchy slaw brings it all together.
This recipe comes courtesy of the Food Network. Substitute the soy sauce with gluten free tamari, to make this a gluten and dairy free dish.
2 hr 33 min
Yield: 6 servings, about 24 skewers
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, thinly sliced (optional)
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce (alternatively use gluten free tamari)
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grilling
1/4 small Napa cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups)
6 ounces snap peas, shredded
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
Spicy Peanut Sauce for serving, recipe follows
Spicy Peanut Sauce:
3 tablespoons reduced-fat smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup light coconut milk
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1. Whisk together fish sauce, lime juice, lemongrass, agave, soy sauce (or gluten free tamari), ginger, chili flakes and garlic (makes 3/4 cup). Pour 1/2 cup marinade into a shallow baking dish; reserve the remaining 1/4 cup. Thinly slice chicken crosswise, with your knife slightly on the diagonal. Add the chicken to the marinade in the baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. Strain reserved marinade into a large bowl; whisk with the vegetable oil. Add the shredded cabbage, snap peas and cilantro; cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high; soak about 24 skewers in water for 20 minutes. Thread chicken onto skewers. Lightly oil grill grates; sear or grill chicken in batches until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Toss slaw; serve with chicken and Spicy Peanut Sauce, if desired.
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Nutritional analysis per serving (includes peanut sauce)
Calories 225; Total Fat 9g (Sat Fat 1.5g, Mono Fat 2.5g, Poly Fat 4g); Protein 22g; Carb 15g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 44mg; Sodium 654mg
Spicy Peanut Sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl with 1 tablespoon water; whisk until smooth.
Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional analysis per serving (for spicy peanut sauce only)
Calories 60; Total Fat 3g (Sat Fat 1g, Mono Fat 1g, Poly Fat 1g) ; Protein 2g; Carb 6g; Fiber 1g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 227mg