RECIPE

Grilled Spanish Chicken and Tomato Bread

Spicy Spanish chicken is an enticing and easy grilled dinner with tasty tomato bread.

Ingredients

  • About 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
  • 3 cloves garlic, 1 halved
  • A generous handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano, finely chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried oregano (1/3 palmful)
  • 2 tablespoons smoked sweet paprika (a couple of palmfuls)
  • A few dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco brand
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or 4 skinless, boneless breasts, lightly pounded
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, halved
  • 1 loaf crusty bread, such as a baguette, split and cut into portions
  • Optional garnishes: giardiniera (pickled vegetables), Spanish pimento-stuffed olives, sliced Manchego cheese

Preparation

Pre-heat an outdoor grill.


Pour about 1/3 cup EVOO in a shallow dish. Grate or finely chop two cloves garlic into the EVOO. Whisk in the parsley, oregano, paprika and hot sauce; season with sea salt and pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat; let stand for a few minutes. Place the chicken on the grill and cook, turning once, until cooked through, about 10 minutes for thighs or 12 minutes for breasts. Remove from the grill and squeeze the lemon over the meat.

Meanwhile, using the large holes of a box or handheld grater, grate the flesh of the tomatoes into a bowl; discard the skins.

Char the bread on the grill for 5 minutes. Rub with the halved garlic, drizzle with EVOO, slather with the tomato sauce and season with sea salt (Rach’s hubby, John, likes pepper on his, too!).

Serve the chicken with the tomato bread. For a Spanish feast, add giardiniera, a few olives and cheese, along with a nice white or red rioja.

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