Magazine article Sunset

Tangy Chicken

Magazine article Sunset

Tangy Chicken

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Grill up some nuggets of tender meat to pair with smoky, nutty romesco sauce

Grilled chicken kebabs with romesco sauce

Romesco sauce has its roots m the Spanish province of Catalonia. Although the mixture has lots of variations, most combine roasted red peppers, nuts, garlic, and crusty bread to make a thick sauce that often tops grilled fish.


MAKES 4 servings

NOTES Smoked Spanish paprika, also known as pimenton, is available in the spice aisles of many grocery stores.

8 wood or metal skewers

2 lbs. boned, skinned chicken breasts, cut into 1 ½-in. cubes

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 tbsp. fresh lime Juice

2 tsp. plus 1 tbsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. each coarse kosher salt and smoked Spanish paprika (pimenton; see Notes)

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

¾ cup peeled roasted red peppers (canned or fresh)

¼ cup whole almonds or hazelnuts, toasted

1 slice crusty bread, toasted and cut Into cubes

1 tbsp. sherry vinegar

2 bunches green onions, root ends trimmed

1. If using wood skewers, soak in cold water at least 30 minutes before using. In a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine chicken, cilantro, 3 tbsp. olive oil, lime juice, 2 tsp. garlic, salt, smoked paprika, and pepper. Toss to coat, then marinate, chilled, 25 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, put roasted peppers, nuts, bread, vinegar, remaining 1 tbsp. minced garlic, and ¼ cup olive oil in food processor and whirl until puréed; sauce will be thick. …

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