cilantro sauce. The cilantro goes perfectly with the exotic Asian flavors of Sriracha, and it is fresh and creamy to cool down the slow burn of Sriracha. It's another one of my super-simple, healthy, low-carb recipes. We have it at least once a week, and I always make Buffalo Cauliflower as the side dish.
Tip: When you pull your chicken out of the oven, it may look a bit pale and unappealing. Tossing the cooked chicken in a little extra Sriracha at the end is the key to getting a thick, rich, glossy coating on it.
*This chicken has a medium to hot spice level. If you can't tolerate that level of heat, reduce the amount of Sriracha in both the marinade and the amount you toss it in in the end.
2.5-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken, cut into 1-inch wide strips--You could use any type; wings, breasts, thighs. legs. Thighs are my favorite because they are so moist and unctuous
1/4 cup Sriracha
2 T soy sauce
1 heaping T sweetener such as sugar, Splenda, or honey
another 3 T Sriracha, reserved
optional marinade add-ins:
1/2 t sesame oil
1 t minced garlic
1/2 t fresh ginger paste
Marinate all ingredients in a plastic bag (except reserved Sriracha and sesame oil if using) for a few hours, up to a day. In a pinch, you can get away with not marinating beforehand. Just mix the marinade ingredients with the chicken and bake. It will not be quite as flavorful and juicy, but it will still be delicious.
Bake at 450 on a large baking sheet or roasting pan for 15 minutes for breasts, 20 for thighs or wings, 25 for legs. If you like your chicken to have a nice char on it, you can put the pan on the top rack and turn the broiler on for a couple of minutes at the end (optional). Once cooked, place in large mixing bowl and add reserved Sriracha. Toss until coated--this is the fun part!
This would also be fantastic grilled!
Serve with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce and Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower.
Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
1 bunch cilantro, stems included (Cilantro stems are tender and flavorful, so use them! Waste not want not!)
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (more if you like it really thick and creamy)
1 T lime juice
salt to taste
Put in food processor or blender and whiz up until smooth.