Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Spicy Chicken Thighs

Having a grill--any grill during the summer months--makes meal planning easy and healthy all at once! 



And for college living, it has got to be convenient, especially if you are having to work a summer job...the last thing thing you want to do at the end of the day is cook or spend your hard earned cash!

Cooking Light featured this delicious summer recipe perfect for college cooking! Simple, with a killer marinade that transformed the chicken meat into awesomeness;and, which was then served with a kick-ass Green Chili Herb sauce made with jalapeno, garlic and parsley---wow! 

Think about it! Try this tonight! 
Add in a Back-up Summer Salad or the Steakhouse Twice Baked Potato (coming this week) to make it more complete.
Easy on the college budget. 
Eat better!

(Adapted from Cooking Light magazine August 2015 edition)

Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs with
Green Chili Herb Sauce

Equipment:
Large freezer bag for marinade
Grill or grill skillet
Tongs
Nutri Bullet / Blender

Ingredients:

Marinade:
2 Tbls Olive oil
2 Tbls Lime juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls Paprika
2 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp Fresh pepper

8 Boneless Chicken Thighs


Green Chili Herb Sauce
1 JalapeƱo, coarsely chopped
2 cups parsley, coarsely chopped
1 Tbls Lime juice
2 cloves Garlic
2 Tbls Olive oil
2 Tbls Half-and-half
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Combine all 'Marinade' ingredients in a large freezer bag.



3. Add chicken thighs and marinate at least 15 minutes. I did 1-2 hours.



4. Combine all 'Green Chili Sauce' ingredients into your blender. Pulse until smooth.




5. Preheat your grill to 'MEDIUM-HIGH' heat.
6. Allow your meat to come to room temp and pat dry with paper towels.
7. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper while it sits.
8. When ready, grill chicken thighs x 6-8 minutes / side. Allow meat to sear UNTOUCHED.
(This will ensure a beautifully seared piece of meat). No touchy.

9. Plate the chicken thighs with green-chili sauce after the meat has 'rested' x 5 min.  




You got yourself an incredibly satisfying dinner tonight! Just add a few sides and friends for some great conversation!