New Style BBQ or 3 Twists on Old Favorites

After looking at this photo I realized it doesn’t look too out of the ordinary. Kind of your typical old fashioned bbq on a plate. Corn, slaw and chicken. I’m down! Truth is though, it isn’t quite like that. Sometimes I think outside the box and need something a bit less traditional. I never know what I’m going to come up, but in this case it turned out pretty good.

And why I am calling this new style? The idea actually came from Alex. He works at Matsuhisa where Nobu came up with a new fangled sashimi. (I think I have the story right.) He decided to quickly sear a piece of raw fish to help bring out flavors that you might not get if it was totally uncooked. Nobu called this “new style” sashimi. After eating there I can tell you that it is beyond total goodness. Anyway, his technique became so popular that it is now found in most sushi restaurants, and now you know how it got started! So for lack of what to name this meal, I thought I’d say “new style”, because this just isn’t your typical bbq. Well, at least not in this part of the world!


The coconut milk helps create tons of flavor, bordering on Vietnamese, which is my favorite ethnic cuisine. The corn-well, THE CORN, is awesome. I love corn however it comes, but this corn will become a regular! The chicken is fast and good and the slaw is super, too! The best part is that this is fast. The marinade for the chicken also becomes the dressing for the slaw! I used coconut milk to tie everything together and well, you’ll see, it makes for a simple, mouthwatering quick meal. And good for you!

Yeah, I guess it is bonus time. Three recipes in one day. But after reading them, you will see why. They all use the same, one can of coconut milk, which makes this meal a snap to throw together. You could use cabbage in the slaw, but I had a bag of broccoli slaw so I used that. You could use canned corn but I had fresh, so I cut it off the cob.



Since this is a fast Friday I’m going to get this out fast! After all, I do need to look for a Father’s Day card. And I need to figure out what the heck I’m making him on Father’s Day! I’m thinking something with smoke! It is finally supposed to be hot around here, so may as well turn up the heat every which way I can!

Have a great weekend and what are you making for father’s day?



Coconut Lime Chicken
Serves 4
Juice of 1/2 a lime
2 garlic cloves minced or pressed
1 T fish sauce
1 /2 c coconut milk
1/4 t sriracha
3/4 T sweet red chili sauce
1/2 t lemon grass (optional)
Extra sweet red chili sauce

2 pounded boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use Costco chicken breasts and slice them in half lengthwise. They are big so this makes enough for four. You could also use skin on chicken.)

Combine marinade ingredients together and place chicken in just half of the marinade, until ready to grill.

To grill: Oil grill grate and place chicken on medium high preheated grill. Turn when lightly seared on one side. Grill other side. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes if your chicken is thin and pounded flat. As soon as the chicken comes off the grill, brush on a little more sweet red chili sauce. This creates a great glaze and gives a ton of flavor!

Coconut Corn
Serves 4
1 c of coconut milk
1 1/2 T fish sauce
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 T brown sugar
1/2 t sriracha
1 T sweet red chili sauce
3 ears of corn, cut off cob

1/4 c panko crumbs
1/4 c fried onion rings from the can OR I use minced fried onion that I buy in the frozen section of the Asian grocery for $2.99 a bag. I love it!
1 T grated coconut

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine upper ingredients together with corn. Sprinkle with panko, fried onions and grated coconut. Bake at 350 about 30 minutes or until corn is done. Watch that the crumbs don’t burn!

Vietnamese Style Cole Slaw
Serves 6
1/4 c diced shallots
1/4 c cilantro
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/4 c shredded basil
2 T finely chopped fresh mint (optional)
12 oz bag of cole slaw or broccoli slaw

1/2 c of marinade above
1 t sriracha
1 t fish sauce
1 t brown sugar
Extra coconut milk to taste

Combine herbs and veggies in bowl. Mix dressing ingredients together. Pour over veggies and stir. Let sit for about 15 minutes for flavors to come together.



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  • Biz
    June 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Oh, I can't wait to try that corn dish! I love the flavor profile and after getting over how "fish sauce" sounds, I love that ingredient – totally takes a dish over the top if you ask me.

    Hope you came up with something good for Papa Day – but I know you did! 😀

  • [email protected]
    June 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I love how all of the three recipes are kind of tied together in flavors – they must taste so good together! Always looking for that perfect bite!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      I'm always looking for that perfect bite, Donalyn! And these were all pretty good!

  • Nazneen Hamilton
    June 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    This looks fantastic Abbe! Love the glaze on the chicken and the use of the coconut milk. Great bonus dishes 🙂
    Hoping to see you next week! Can't wait to catch up 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      It's a date! And the glaze is great!

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    June 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Coconut lime chicken sounds AMAZING! I love a great BBQ with a twist. Love the cole slaw too!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks Anna and Liz. It is bbq and good. But sometimes you need something different!

  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea
    June 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Major major points for your BBQ twist. You are the right the picture in this case does not tell the story. But the recipes sure do. I pinned it. Its that time of the year and I enjoy the 'different' you are bringing to the table.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Carol, you are the best! And thank you!

  • kumars kitchen
    June 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

    we are so glad it is bonus time….these dishes with all those zingy twists certainly make these treats taste extraordinary,thanks 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Oh Kumar! I love bonuses. And with these, coconut milk is definitely a bonus!

  • Holly @
    June 15, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I'd love to try your corn dish. I bought some corn on the cob today and will have to double check that I have the rest of the ingredients. Looks great!

  • Angie Schneider
    June 14, 2014 at 2:43 am

    If it involves coconut, then it must be GOOD, traditional or not. I love each of them, esp. that chicken…perfect!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      The chicken was great, but i love corn!

  • Amira
    June 13, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Strange, I have lots of coconut milk in the fridge left from a recipe and I do not know what do with it, and here comes 3 wonderful recipes to try. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Love to give inspiration, Amira! Hope this helps!

  • Lisa
    June 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    These recipes looks SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sugar et al
    June 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    This is genius! 3 amazing recipes using one common ingredient. Love the Vietnamese twist and the name (new-style)'s so appropriate.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks, sugar! It is fun to make meals like this and keeps things simple!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    June 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Good stuff — I particularly like the corn and the slaw. Heck, why not just repeat this entire menu for Father's Day? Looks great to me!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks, John. I did, too! And as for repeating the menu-well, that would be too easy! Did you notice the alliteration thing? Corn, cole slaw, chicken and coconut!

  • Liz Berg
    June 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, three superb recipes! And I love how they all utilize coconut milk!!! DELISH!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Liz! Try the corn!