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Chef’s note: We use sugar in the raw or turbinado sugar because it tastes less sweet than white sugar and takes more time to break down, causing it to caramelize faster and creating that nice crunch.
Brûléed Chicken Breast, Vietnamese-Style
Yield: 4 servings
30 minutes (plus 4 hours marinating)
¼ cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 large shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 serrano chile--halved, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
Two 8-ounce skin-on, boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grapeseed or canola oil, divided
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, divided
¼ cup cilantro, chopped