Garlic and Herb Chicken with Romesco Sauce on Spicy Greens
Why I Love This Recipe
Source: "365: No Repeats - A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners"
Note: Makes a lot of Romesco Sauce! You can either cut the recipe in half or use it for other things - veggie dip, topping for burgers, spread for grilled cheese sandwiches
Ingredients You'll Need
5 cloves garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
24 ounces chicken breast halves
1 cup sliced almonds
1 slice whole wheat bread
8 ounces roasted red peppers
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 plum tomato, quartered
2 bunches arugula
In a food processor, combine 3 of the garlic cloves, about 1/4 cup EVOO(Rachel Ray's short cut - extra virgin olive oil), the parsley leaves, salt, pepper and the thyme.
Process the ingredients to a somewhat smooth paste. Scrape the contents of the processor over the chicken breasts; coat the breasts in the mixture.
Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, then add the seasoned chicken breasts to the skillet and cook on each side for 5-6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and let rest for a few minutes covered with aluminum foil to keep warm.
While the chicken is cooking, toast the almonds in a medium skillet over medium heat until they are golden brown. Toast the slice of bread until golden brown. With your hands rip the toast into a few pieces and add to the bowl of the food processor. (There is no need to wash out the processor bowl after making the chicken coating. The flavors that remain there will work in the Romesco sauce.) Add the toasted almonds, roasted red peppers, the remaining 2 garlic cloves, the red wine vinegar, plum tomato, salt and pepper. Start processing and while the machine is running pour in the remaining 1/4 cup of EVOO in a slow, steady stream. Process until all the ingredients are ground and the mixture is pretty smooth.
Arrange the arugula on the center of 4 serving plates. Slice each chicken breast on an angle, then place on top of arugula. Top the chicken slices with a large dollop of the Romesco sauce.