Dinner got easier with this tangy and mildly sweet chicken thighs. Serve with rice, pasta or noodles. In less than 45 minutes, you'll have a delicious homemade dinner that everyone will rave about.
This is a very easy chicken thighs recipe which is also very quick and tasty. tamarind leaves the chicken tangy and delicious while sugar and vinegar helps tenderize the thighs - as if they are not tender already. I like using thighs in this recipe instead of breast as it is more flavorful and kid friendly.
I love tamarind drink, it is sweet, tangy and so delicious and it reminds me so much of the holy month of Ramadan. This drink is also very common in Egypt during the summer days, when it is super hot and humid, this drink comes to cool you down and hydrate your poor summer body.
This was my only experience with tamarind, until one day, one of my friends here made grape leaves mahshi and she used a clever trick of drizzling it with tamarind while cooking instead of lime juice and it tasted so so good, it was little darker than the usual one made with juist lime juice but it was much tastier.
Since then, I have been thinking of using tamarind in marinating chicken and beef but did not quite go for it. Until I just managed to figure out a nice combination of ingredients that really worked very well with chicken thighs. Feel free to use chicken breast instead but really, I believe chicken thighs are much better in this recipe.
We loved this dish and I am going to make it over and over again, not just because me and the hubby licked almost every drop of sauce but also because my youngest - who barely eats chicken- got crazy about this recipe and kept asking for more!!
Here is a video showing you how to prepare this simple tamarind chicken dish. I hope you'll like it... Enjoy!!
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs- cut into 1-2 inch pieces
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- ⅓ cup tamarind juice or use 2 teaspoon tamarind paste + water
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup of water
- Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat. then pour in the olive oil.
- Add the chicken pieces and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a bowl combine garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, tamarind, vinegar and ketchup , mix everything well together.
- When all the water has evaporated from the chicken and it is nice and a little brown , pour the sauce into the pan. Stir it around to cover all the chicken pieces.
- When it boils, reduce the heat, and add the cornstarch dissolved in water, cover and let it cook for almost 20 minutes until done. Taste to adjust seasoning.
- Garnish with some sesame seeds and serve hot with rice/pasta or noodles
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I made this as specified and, while it was good, I thought it was lacking salt and heat and that the amount of sauce was insufficient. So, I made it again, doubling the sauce ingredients and adding 2 T of Thai fish sauce plus a few diced Thai chilies, and it was superb.
Thank you Joe for such an insightful and detailed comment. I am happy you've found a way to customize this recipe according to your liking, I am sure others will find this helpful as well.
I am a tamarind addict! I am making this dish tomorrow night for my family. I am so excited to try it!! I’ll let you know how it is received by 4 picky boys!
Letitia, I will be waiting for your pictures too and I hope you'll like it. Thank you.
Loved this recipe, but I didn't let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes since It was thick enough, next time ill leave it to simmer for longer so I can get more intense flavor. I also used tamarind juice since thats what I had on hand and it turned out great
Thank you Sara for trying this recipe, I am happy you liked it.
I love love tamarind and was glad to find another way to cook with it. (I get a big bag of it and eat it right from the pod...) Anyhow, I added more tamarind and ketchup and love the tangy sauce. I even used whole chicken thighs. (Cooking right now). I may even put the chicken under the broiler and baste a few times.
Thank you for this! I will definitely check out your other recipes. Glad I stumbled on your site.
Thank you Debby, I finally got a tamarind enthusiast as me :). I have to say though that until now I did not eat tamarind right out of the pod, I will definitely look for some. I am glad you liked the recipe.
Not sure where I went wrong, but it turned out soooooo sour. The chicken itself was nice but the sauce on the noodles wasn't enjoyable at all.
Casey, thank you for trying the recipe. Tamarind is sour for sure but this was only 2 teaspoons! Probably the brand you've used for the paste? not sure honestly.
This recipe looks a lot easier than beggars chicken I usually make, think I'll try it.
Waiting for you to try it Theresa, I've had many readers email me at how good this turned out for them. Let me know how it did with you.