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Cashew Romesco Chicken Thighs

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Randy Mon
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 6
Made with cashews, this romesco, given to us by Josh Drage, chef at the Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana, has a silkier texture and sweeter flavor than the classic sauce made with almonds. He brushes it onto grilled chicken, but it would also be good swirled into a creamy soup.


  • 1 jar (16 oz.) roasted red bell peppers, drained, rinsed, and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted cashews
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce such as Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 6 chicken thighs (3 lbs. total)
  • Couscous cooked with herbs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 334
  • caloriesfromfat 79 %
  • protein 11 g
  • fat 29 g
  • satfat 5.4 g
  • carbohydrate 6.3 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • sodium 232 mg
  • cholesterol 48 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a grill to medium (350° to 450°). Whirl peppers, cashews, vinegar, lemon juice, hot sauce, and salt in a blender. With motor running, add 1/3 cup oil in a steady stream through opening in lid until sauce is smooth and lighter in color. Set aside half the sauce.

  2. Put chicken in a bowl and drizzle with remaining oil. Lay chicken skin side down on cooking grate and brush with some of remaining romesco sauce. Grill, turning often and brushing each time with more sauce, until chicken is well browned and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Serve over couscous with reserved sauce on the side.