8 Great Hor D'oeurve recipes: Grilled Skewered Chicken with Cilantro Tomatillo Dipping Sauce

Create a dish that looks elegant and tasty at the same time

| December/January 1999

 Makes 30 hors d’oeuvres

The chicken may be grilled up to one hour ahead of time and held at room temperature. The sauce may be made a day or two in advance and refrigerated. Bring it to room temperature before serving.

• 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts (about 5 breast halves)
• Olive oil
• 1 large clove garlic, peeled
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
• 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, washed and dried
• 1/2 cup very finely chopped fresh or canned tomatillos, husks removed
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1/4 fresh jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely minced

1. Cut each breast half into six lengthwise strips and thread each onto a bamboo skewer that has been soaked in water for about 30 minutes to keep it from burning.

2. Brush the chicken lightly with olive oil and grill over medium-hot coals (or broil about 6 inches from heat source), turning once or twice, for 5 minutes or until cooked through but not dry.

3. In a food processor, finely chop the garlic with the salt and pepper. Add the cilantro and process. Add the remaining ingredients except the jalapeño and process until just mixed. Stir in jalapeño.

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