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.
Preheat grill to medium.
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.
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.
This chicken thigh recipe was simple and delicious! Chicken is very tender. I had meant to put the jalapeno in the sauce but forgot to do so and the sauce was just as yummy! I actually used 1/2 parsley and 1/2 cilantro.
I really loved the ease of making this. Even though I used boneless chicken thighs the marinade made them taste so flavorful. I made the chili-herb sauce which my husband wasn't going to try at first, but after one bite he helped eat it all up! I served it with the Grilled Sweet Potato and Bell Pepper Toss from Cooking Light. Very good and I'll make it again!
I used chicken breasts and it worked fine. I also always substitute honey for sugar and it works great. My family loved this recipe, even my fussy anti-spice eater. My husband said the chicken was great on it's own or with the topping.
Full Disclosure: I didn't make the Chile-Herb Sauce, though it does sound delicious. The chicken, however, was delicious on its own! I marinated it overnight for ultimate flavor and ease and it cooked up perfectly. I used boneless skinless thighs, so they cooked in no time and everyone at the BBQ we served them at had good things to say!
We really enjoyed this recipe. I did sub 1 cup of cilantro for one of the cups of parsley. Different from your usual grilled chicken. Plan on using the leftover chicken and sauce on tostadas later in the week. Will definitely make again!