Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches Recipe
Photo: Thomas J. Story
Sisters Meave and Faye McAuliffe run Bread & Water, a Venice Beach catering company. The chicken gets a flavor boost from charmoula, a versatile marinade. "I make extra to use as a dip," says Meave.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Total time: 50 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 691
Caloriesfromfat 40 %
Protein 36 g
Fat 31 g
Satfat 5.2 g
Carbohydrate 67 g
Fiber 3.3 g
Sodium 1149 mg
Cholesterol 99 mg


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
4 boned, skinned chicken thighs (about 1 lb. total)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
4 ciabatta rolls (each 4 oz.), split
2 cups arugula


1. Mix oil, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, the spices, garlic, and cilantro together in a medium bowl. Set aside 1/4 cup of the marinade. Add chicken to bowl, turning to coat evenly. Let chicken marinate, chilled, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

2. Blend mayonnaise, red peppers, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Chill until ready to use.

3. Prepare grill for high heat (450° to 550°). Brush bottom halves of each roll with 1 tbsp. of reserved marinade mixture. Cook chicken, turning once, until grill marks appear and meat is cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Grill rolls cut side down until warmed and grill marks appear, about 2 minutes. Let both cool.

4. To assemble: Set 1 chicken thigh onto bottom half of 1 roll. Spread 2 tbsp. mayo onto cut side of top half. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup arugula and set top of roll on chicken.

Make ahead: Wrap well in plastic wrap and chill overnight. Or make through step 3, then assemble at the last minute.

Inspired by Meave McAuliffe,

Bread & Water, a Venice Beach catering company,


July 2013
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