Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Grilled Tamarind Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

These past evenings have been almost perfect! Warm enough temperatures and sunny clear skies. I have been passing the time just sitting on the deck feeling the perfect wind on my face with a glass of wine in my hand. It must be the knowledge that this weather is not here to stay that makes this simple routine all the more enjoyable. If it weren't for the grill, which is just three feet away from where I usually sit, it is quite possible that I would be inclined to do little cooking.

Here is an easy recipe for grilled chicken with a tamarind marinade. Though found only in a few grocery stores in Minnesota (try Cub Foods), tamarind is such a delightful thing that it is worth an extra trip to the store.

Grilled Tamarind Chicken with Pineapple Salsa
Serves 6

6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cup tamarind chutney
2 large garlic cloves, grated
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Pineapple Salsa (see recipe below)

1. In a shallow bowl, combine the tamarind chutney, grated garlic, and cilantro. Reserve half cup for basting.

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add the tamarind marinade. Set in the refrigerator until ready to grill.

3. Set the grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grill grate. Grill the chicken for 6 to 8 minutes on both sides or until done. Baste occasionally during cooking with the reserved tamarind marinade. Serve with fresh pineapple salsa.

Pineapple Salsa
12 cups diced fresh pineapple
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 small jalepenos, seeded and finely diced
To prepare the salsa, combine the pineapple with the rest of the ingredients. Serve over the chicken.


Lazaro Cooks! said...

Fantastic chicken dish. Totally agree with you on the tamarind, worth a trip for sure.

Be well

Natasha said...

Thanks Lazaro!
Take care.