Grilled Jicama, Radishes, Scallions, and Chicken with Asian-Style "Chimichurri"

Grilled Jicama, Radishes, Scallions, and Chicken with Asian-Style "Chimichurri" Recipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley
This piquant herb sauce gets depth from anchovies and brightness from lime juice. To tone down the contrast, start by using less of each and taste and add as you go. If your grill is large enough, you can cook the vegetables and chicken all at once. Serve with a scoop of brown rice, and you're all set.


4 servings

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 266
Fat 14 g
Satfat 2.6 g
Monofat 3.8 g
Polyfat 6.4 g
Protein 18.9 g
Carbohydrate 17.2 g
Fiber 8 g
Cholesterol 59 mg
Iron 3.4 mg
Sodium 535 mg
Calcium 95 mg


2 cups packed fresh cilantro leaves (about 2 ounces)
1 cup packed fresh parsley leaves (about 1 ounce)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 canned anchovy fillets
1 small garlic clove, chopped
6 tablespoons water
1 pound jicama, peeled and cut into (1/2-inch-thick) slices
1/2 pound radishes, trimmed
8 green onions, trimmed
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 12 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat grill to high heat using both burners. After preheating, turn the left burner to medium heat (leave right burner on high heat).

2. Combine first 7 ingredients in a mini food processor; process until finely chopped. With processor on, gradually add water, 1 tablespoon at a time; process until smooth.

3. Combine jicama, radishes, onions, and oil, tossing to coat. Arrange jicama and radishes on right side of grill rack (over high heat) and onions on the left side of grill rack (over medium heat); grill 4 minutes on each side or until tender and well marked. Remove from grill; cut radishes in half. Sprinkle vegetables with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Keep warm.

4. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Arrange chicken on right side of grill rack (over high heat); grill 4 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 chicken thigh on each of 4 plates; divide vegetables evenly among plates. Serve each with about 1/4 cup sauce.

Mark Bittman,

Cooking Light

July 2010
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