June 11, 2014

Thai-Flavored Honey Glazed Chicken (with Sriracha Mayo)

Thai-Flavored Honey Glazed Chicken (with Sriracha Mayo)
This recipe was instigated by a Bikram yoga class last night.
To be precise, it popped into my head while I was doing Full Locust Pose (also known as Pūrṇaśalabhāsana).
And I hate that pose. With all of my heart.
In Full Locust, you‘re basically laying down onto the belly, with the forehead on the floor and arms out to the side like airplane wings. From there you should (or at least try to) lift your body off the floor: head, neck, shoulder, feet, legs and hold the pose for the 10 seconds (that - trust me - feel like a lifetime!)
I suck badly at this pose. So bad, I often wuss out.
To be honest, I suck at Bikram yoga altogether. That's why I love it. It’s very humbling.
After 5 years of practice I have improved. Bikram is completely therapeutic and it helps with all my pain and aches that are a result of an intense athletic life.
But I still have a long way to go.

Thai-Flavored Honey Glazed Chicken (with Sriracha Mayo)
In my opinion Bikram is perfect for those who are inflexible (like many runners!), those who have never tried yoga before and especially dudes.
The operational commands used to direct the class are a bit edgy at times, perhaps less compassionate if compared to other yoga practices.
But guys (like myself) tend to like the strict routine that the class imposes. It’s a bit of tough love, it can be challenging on many levels, but so rewarding at the same time.
Thai-Flavored Honey Glazed Chicken (with Sriracha Mayo)
As I was doing (more like faking) Full Locust Pose I started craving Thai-Flavored grilled chicken.
Just like that. 
Five-spice mix, cayenne pepper, honey, lime, sesame seeds and cilantro. Yummy.
I haven’t done this recipe in a while, and I completely forgot about.
Apparently Bikram helps reactivating memories. It’s not only about getting a rad workout, increasing flexibility, and sweating for days. Bikram brings memories back. What about that?
Anyways, this Thai-Flavored Honey Glazed Chicken is worthy of your barbecue. It bursts with flavor, stickiness and yumminess
And what about the Sriracha mayo? Like...do I really need to say something about it?
I don’t mean to be pushy (like a Bikram yoga teacher...hehe), but I really think you should give this recipe a go. Now. Pronto.
Thai-Flavored Honey Glazed Chicken (with Sriracha Mayo)
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Ingredients 
Serves 4

Chicken

1 lb / 453 gr (free-range organic) chicken breast, cut into strips
2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice (you can find it in the spice section)
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon raw organic honey 
2 tablespoon olive oil
Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (I used black seeds)

Chopped fresh cilantro, lime wedges and slices of fresh chili for garnish

Sriracha Mayo

3 tablespoons mayo (make your own paleo mayo with this recipe)
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon Sriracha (make your own Sriracha with this recipe)
1 teaspoon lemon/lime juice
Ground black pepper to taste

Directions

On a large sheet of parchment paper, toss the chicken strips with the five-spice, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Fold over the paper and bash the chicken using a rolling pin (or a plastic bottle) until the chicken is well rubbed and flatten a bit.
In a small bowl combine honey, olive oil and lime juice.
Transfer the chicken in a shallow sealable container or in a large Ziplock bag and add marinade.
Cover (or seal) and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes (marinate overnight for fullest flavor).
In the meantime make the Sriracha mayo. In a bowl combine, mayo, Greek yogurt, Sriracha, lime juice, and pepper and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Set aside.
Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium-high (if you’re using an outdoor grill lightly oil the grill grates)
and cook until nicely charred and cooked through (about 4 to 5 minutes per side).
Transfer to a plate, scatter with sesame seeds and toss to coat.
Serve with lime wedges, sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro, slices of fresh chili (if you feel like) and Sriracha mayo on the side.

Nutrition facts

One serving (without the Sriracha mayo) yields 264 calories, 11 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbs and 35 grams of protein.

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38 comments:

  1. You and Full Locust pose have never been good friends, but give it time, things change.
    BTW that chicken looks amazing!

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  2. Mike, this is amazing and needs to happen here. And that sriracha mayo? No, nothing else needs to be said about that.

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    1. Where does the Siracha Mayo come into the recipe??

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    2. It's right there in the middle of the directions.

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    3. but what do you do with the mayo - do you brush it on the chicken? It doesn't state what to do with the mayo...

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    4. You eat it with the chicken just like ketchup, barbecue sauce or mayo.

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  3. Ok, really! Your killing me here Mike! Love this recipe... grilled and spicy. Sounds perfect to me.. glad you thought of it during your much dreaded yoga pose. :) {gotten think about something right?}

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

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    1. Hehehe Krista, there's always a silver lining, even in Bikram yoga ;) Glad you like this recipe!

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  4. I would definitely start thinking about food during a hard yoga pose, I actually do it a lot when I run, anything to take my mind off the pain. This chicken looks so flavorful and the sriracha mayo, awesome!

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  5. I've recently thought of taking up yoga, as I think my mind needs to get more centered...hopefully, if I did it, it would get my creative ideas flowing too! :-)

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    1. You should definitely try yoga. There are so many styles to choose from I'm sure you'll be able to find one that you like.

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  6. Yum - this looks amazing! You had me just with the skewers - but the Sriracha Mayo?! Perfection!

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  7. "To be honest, I suck at Bikram yoga altogether. That's why I love it. It’s very humbling."

    Ditto! I'm awful at it, but I love how humbling Bikram is, in general, and I need to find a new class to participate in sometime soon because I miss it.

    Also, I need to make this chicken because it sounds ah-mazing and like the perfect weekend dish to grill! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm totally addicted to Bikram, and I don't really care if I'm not good at it. I always pick a spot in the front row and do my awful postures in front of everybody. :D

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  8. Another wonderful recipe, Mike - what an interesting list of spices make up Chinese Five spice - I've never used it before, but had to check out your Amazon link to it.
    Oh - and you must be taking notes from Chris @ Shared Appetite on hand modeling :)

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    1. You should totally try Chinese Five spice, it's soooo good!
      About hand modeling...I'm a pro, Chris got the inspiration from me ;)

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  9. Ah, the Locust Pose! I have a Bikram yoga book and once advised the Locust as a cure for golfer's elbow = or maybe it was tennis elbow, not quite sure now.

    Let's say it did not quite work as it was intended.... I also hate the Locust pose. But I am a H.sapiens. That explains it.

    your recipe, though.. I am sure it is a winner, although mayo doesn't enter our home. I always use double amount of yogurt, or maybe some creme fraiche. Hubby is anti-mayo. He is also anti-garlic. And anti-beets. But his qualities overcome it all. I am keeping him. ;-)

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    1. Hahahaha Sally, you crack me up. If you want we can create a club of "Locust haters", sounds good? ;)

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  10. HI Mike, love the spices you used in this recipe, also the way your chicken looked after being grilled. Presentation is so big to be able enjoy a lot of foods and this is beautiful. Love the the Locust!

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    1. You love Locust pose? Like for real? You're a thoughy Cheri!

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  11. From your description, I would hate Bikram yoga, but I can also see doing it. Challenges make life interesting. So does the idea of this chicken, so it is definitely going on my list of recipes to try. Thank you for doing what it took to remember this recipe.

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    1. Bikram is dreadful and awesome at the same time. You should totally try it!

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  12. Mike, this chicken looks delicious. So delicious that it needs to jump off my screen and into my lap. Oh, and how long did it take you to type Pūrṇaśalabhāsana?

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    1. Copy + paste from Birkam yoga website...that's how long it took me!

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  13. Between the sriracha mayo and the Thai chicken, this recipe has all you could ever want in a meal! I totally think about food too during yoga to distract myself from all the torture they put you through!

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    1. What's up with yoga and thinking about food? We should do some research because there must be something to it that has not yet been discovered.

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  14. Mike this looks absolutely delicious! I need to make this soon. That sriracha mayo...brilliant!

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  15. I made this last night and it was sooooooooo good. I actually could make it again tonight! I used coconut oil instead olive oil and full fat coconut milk instead of greek yogurt. I had homemade sriracha and mayo on hand. Thank you for a great recipe.

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    1. That's awesome Karen, I'm going to try as well using coconut oil and coconut milk!

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  16. Is there something I can substitute the Greek yogurt for? Husband is allergic to yogurt.

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    1. In the comment just above this one, Karen subbed Greek yogurt with coconut milk and she loved it!
      Another option is to use 'So Delicious Dairy-Free' Cultured Almond Milk. It's a great dairy-free alternative to Greek yogurt; it's creamy, thick and so rich!

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