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Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs with creamy chile-herb sauce


We love the contrast of the bright, herbaceous sauce with the smoky grilled chicken thighs.

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, divided
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned (about 2 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeno pepper


Servings 4
Cooking time 40mins


Step 1

1. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon sugar, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large sip-top plastic bag. Add chicken to bag; seal bag. Let stand 15 minutes, turning occasionally.

2. Preheat grill to medium.

3. Coat grill rack with cooking from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to grill rack; grill 8 minutes on each side or until done.

4. Place remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1 tablespoon juice, remaining 1 teaspoon garlic, remaining 1/2 teaspoon sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, parsley, half and half, and jalapeno in the bowl of a mini food processor, process until finely chopped. Serve sauce with chicken thighs.


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