Spanish Spice Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Parsley-Mint Sauce

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the spice rubbed chicken

1 tbsp Spanish paprika
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsps cumin seeds, ground
2 tsps mustard seeds, ground
2 tsps fennel seeds, ground
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 tsps sea salt
4 (225 g) boneless chicken breasts
Olive oil
Parsley-mint sauce, recipe follows

For the parsley-mint sauce

340 g tightly packed fresh mint leaves
170 g tightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 serrano chillies, grilled, peeled, chopped
2 tbsps honey
2 tbsps Dijon mustard
225 ml (12 tbsps) olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1) Preheat your grill to high.

2) Whisk together the paprika, cumin, mustard, fennel, pepper and salt in a small bowl.

3) Brush the chicken with a few teaspoons of oil on both sides. Rub the breasts on the skin side with some of the rub and place on the grill, rub side down. Grill until golden brown and slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the breasts over and continue cooking until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter and immediately drizzle with some of the Parsley-Mint Sauce. Let rest 5 minutes. Serve with additional sauce on the side.

4) Place the mint, parsley, garlic and serranos in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Add the honey and mustard and process until combined. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil until emulsified.

5) Transfer the mixture to a bowl and whisk in a few tablespoons of cold water to thin to a sauce-like consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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