Chicken and veggie kebabs with romesco sauce

4
2
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Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 54 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
24 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Romesco, is an all-purpose Spanish sauce made with roasted tomatoes and peppers, paprika, sherry vinegar, and almonds. It’s often served spooned over red meats, fish and chicken but it’s also delicious served as a vegetable dip or spread on toast. Here, we char the tomatoes and peppers on the grill before pureeing them to achieve the sauce’s characteristic smokiness. Sherry vinegar is made from sherry, a fortified wine that hails from Spain, and has a slightly sweet nutty taste that enhances the flavor of the almonds without overpowering them. If you can’t find sherry vinegar at your local supermarket, red wine vinegar makes an excellent substitute.

Ingredients

sherry vinegar

2 Tbsp

extra virgin olive oil

1½ Tbsp

paprika

½ tsp

table salt

¾ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

1 pound(s), cut into 1/2-inch pieces

sweet red pepper(s)

2 medium

fresh tomato(es)

1 large

slivered almonds

3 Tbsp, toasted

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s)

uncooked zucchini

1 medium, cut into 3/4-inch slices

cremini mushroom(s)

½ pound(s), or button mushrooms, stems removed

Instructions

  1. 1 Combine 1 tablespoon vinegar, 11/2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in large zip-close plastic bag; add chicken. Squeeze out air and seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Refrigerate, turning bag occasionally, at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
  2. 2 Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Preheat grill to medium-high or prepare medium-high fire. Lightly spray peppers and tomato with olive oil nonstick spray. Place on grill rack and grill, turning often, until vegetables are charred, about 12 minutes for peppers and about 5 minutes for tomato. Place vegetables in small bowl; cover and let stand 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel peppers and tomato. Remove and discard seeds from peppers. Core tomato.
  3. 3 Combine bell peppers, tomato, almonds, garlic, remaining 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in blender or food processor. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Set aside. (The sauce may be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in covered container in refrigerator; bring to room temperature before serving.)
  4. 4 Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Thread chicken, zucchini, and mushrooms onto 8 (10- to 12-inch) skewers. (If using wooden skewers, soak in water 20 minutes prior to use to prevent charring.) Lightly spray kebabs with olive oil nonstick spray. Place kebabs on grill rack and grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes. Sprinkle kebabs with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Serve kebabs with sauce.
  5. Serving size: 2 kebabs and 1/4 cup sauce

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