Some food and condiment pairings are so magical, it's almost not worth eating one without the other. French fries and ketchup comes to mind — and so does grilled chicken and Thai sweet chili sauce.This combination is a staple in Thailand, where street vendors sell chicken that has been marinated in fish sauce, cilantro and ginger and then grilled, with sweet, spicy sauce served on the side for dipping. We're addicted to the combination of the charred, savory chicken with the bright, not-too-spicy, not-too-sweet sauce.
We usually buy Thai sweet chili sauce at our local Asian grocery store, but Thai Kitchen makes a version that is available at most big grocery chains.
Of course, sweet chili sauce can be used for more than just grilled chicken — we also like it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or a topping for grilled fish — but we can't say the reverse is true. Grilled chicken just isn't the same without a side of sweet chili sauce.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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