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romesco chicken
Holiday Broiled Romesco Chicken with Pesto {GF, DF}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This holiday broiled romesco chicken thighs with pesto  is ready in 30 minutes and full of holiday cheer from the vibrant green pesto and the red roasted red pepper romesco sauce. Both gluten free and dairy free. Perfect for holiday entertaining.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Healthy
Servings: 4
Calories: 413 kcal
Author: Vicky Berman
  • 4 bone in skin on, chicken thighs (about 1.6 pounds) (can also use bonesless skinless chicken thighs instead)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup vegan basil pesto
  • For the Romesco Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • for garnish : slivered basil and thinly sliced roasted red peppers
  1. Rinse and pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels. Using a knife or your fingers carefully separate the skin from the flesh, so that a pocket remains between the two.
  2. Rub salt and paprika all over the chicken, both into the flesh and the skin.
  3. Spread pesto evenly among the 4 chicken thighs, rubbing it under the skin, onto the flesh.
  4. Broil on high for 20 minutes (10 minutes on a lower oven shelf, and 10 minutes on a higher oven shelf to crisp up the skin). Cook for additional 5 minutes if needed, or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. To make the romesco sauce pulse almonds in food processor until they resemble fine crumbs. Add remaining ingredients, roasted red peppers, apple cider vinegar, garlic, olive, oil, tahini, smoked paprika and salt. Process until almost smooth.
  6. Serve chicken topped with a dollop of romesco sauce with sliced roasted red pepper and basil for garnish.
Nutrition Facts
Holiday Broiled Romesco Chicken with Pesto {GF, DF}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 1225mg53%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.