Spiced Grilled Chicken Thighs with Creamy Chile-Herb Sauce

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Spiced Grilled Chicken Thighs with Creamy Chile-Herb Sauce Recipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Paige Hicks

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

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 chicken thighs and about 2 tablespoons sauce)


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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
1 teaspoon ground cumin
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
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño pepper


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 zip-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 spray. Remove chicken 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 jalapeño in the bowl of a mini food processor; process until finely chopped. Serve sauce with chicken thighs.

Created date

June 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 377
Fat 18.5 g
Satfat 4 g
Monofat 8.9 g
Polyfat 3 g
Protein 45 g
Carbohydrate 6 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 218 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 584 mg
Calcium 84 mg