Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tahini-Marinated Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

We had this awhile ago.

I'll admit I don't remember much except that I liked it.  Because I was really excited about it for lunch the next day. Somehow I remember that. So we'll have again.

Tahini-Marinated Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

ACTIVE TIME: 20 mins
TOTAL TIME: 8 hrs, 20 mins
YIELD Serves 4 (serving size: 2 chicken thighs, 1/2 cup salad, and 1/2 cup rice)

If you thought tahini functioned mainly as a condiment, you’ll love it in a marinade—it makes the chicken buttery tender without an overwhelming amount of sesame flavor in the finished dish. It also helps the chicken char nicely on the grill. The chopped salad is inspired by the Israeli original, usually stuffed into pita pockets with shawarma (slow-grilled meat) and drizzled with tahini sauce. We reserve some of the tahini mixture from the marinade for topping the finished dish. You can also substitute couscous, cooked bulgur, or toasted whole-wheat pita wedges for the rice. V

1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste), well stirred
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1 small shallot, finely grated
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lb.)
Cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups chopped cucumber
1 1/2 cups chopped tomato
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups hot cooked brown rice (used white)

To prepare chicken, combine first 10 ingredients in a bowl. Place 1/4 cup tahini mixture in a small bowl; reserve. Place remaining tahini mixture and chicken in a large ziplock plastic bag; seal, turning to coat chicken. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat grill to medium (350°F to 450°F). Coat grill grate with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Arrange chicken on grill grate; cover and cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Arrange chicken on a platter; drizzle with reserved 1/4 cup tahini mixture.

To prepare the salad, combine cucumber and next 6 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt) in a bowl; toss gently to combine. Serve cucumber salad with chicken and rice.

Calories: 448; Fat: 18.6 g; Satfat: 3.5 g; Monofat: 9 g; Polyfat: 31 g; Protein: 39 g; Carbohydrate: 31 g; Fiber: 4 g; Cholesterol: 160 mg; Iron: 4 mg; Sodium: 544 mg; Calcium: 76 mg; Sugars: 3 g; Est. Added Sugars: 0 g

Cooking Light, MAY 2017

13 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 5 servings)

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