Friday, September 28, 2012

Grilled Peruvian Chicken with Chili and Walnut Sauce

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While it may seem a bit strange to see soy sauce used as an ingredient in a Peruvian recipe, Peru has been home to large numbers of Japanese expatriates since the late 1800s. Over the years, Asian flavors and ingredients have co-mingled with those of Peru and Europe, and the fusion has created one of the most diverse cuisines in the world. This grilled chicken entree is simple to prepare, but, with an assist from a soy marinade and an unusual sauce, it packs an enormous, though heatless, flavor punch. A long marination is not necessary and the chicken can be on the table in less than an hour. While the recipe suggests the use of an outdoor grill, I prefer to use a griddle pan and cook the chicken in my kitchen. There is a large grill sitting just outside my kitchen door, but I can't bring myself to fire it up when I'm only cooking for the two of us. I heat my grill pan, which is a ridged cast iron affair, until it is blazing hot and then effectively pretend it is an outdoor grill. The chicken cooks about 6 minutes per side and if you want grill marks, don't fiddle with it while it is in the pan. I keep my fingers crossed when I grill indoors. My fire alarms are so sensitive that I should donate them to the government to use as an early warning system at facilities housing our nuclear arsenal. Evil doers would be stopped dead in their tracks. The sauce, which is thickened with a bread crumb panade, is interesting and it comes together quickly as well. This is a really nice recipe, though I prefer it with the aji verde sauce that you can find here. I serve this with the tomato rice we made earlier in the week. I suspect those of you who try this recipe will like it. Here's how the grilled chicken and its sauce is made.

Grilled Peruvian Chicken with Chili and Walnut Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Cuisine at Home


1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed (6-8 oz each)
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon annatto powder or paprika
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon ground walnuts
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1) To make marinade: Combine soy sauce, lime juice, cumin, oil, oregano, and chili powder in a large bowl or plastic bag. Add chicken. Marinate in refrigerator while preparing sauce.
2) To make sauce. Soak bread crumbs in milk in a bowl. Heat olive oil in a saute pan. Add onion and garlic to pan and saute for 3 minutes. Stir in cumin, chili powder, and annatto and saute for 30 seconds longer. Add broth and bread crumbs and bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat. Stir in lime juice, Parmesan, and 1 ground walnuts. Keep mixture warm.
4) Remove chicken from marinade. Discard marinade. Grill chicken covered, over direct heat, 6 minutes on each side or until chicken reaches 160 degrees. Serve chicken with rice and sauce, garnishing with walnuts and cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.

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Coleens Recipes said...

OMGoodness, this sounds wonderful. I just happen to have two chicken breasts in the fridge for dinner, so your post was VERY timely, thank you!!

Zee said...

Looks so tempting and delicious!

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
Delicious combination of flavours and your chicken looks so appetising!
Cheers and hope you have a fantastic weekend,

Barbara said...

I hate that fire alarm in my kitchen! Someone in my bldg set it off when a lobster boil overflowed and we had to evacuate the building.
The chili and walnut sauce must make this dish, Mary. Nicely presented over your tomato rice.
Have a lovely weekend!

Shug said...

Cooking with spices is something that I know LITTLE about. Of course, we all know that this is what makes a recipe great.
Not only do you have some wonderful recipes, but your photos are just as wonderful...This looks super tasty!
Enjoy your weekend...

Jenn said...

Love the combination of flavors in this dish.. from the marinade, right to my favorite part of any meal... the sauce!!!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Another great dinner idea. Burnt popcorn in the microwave will clear an office building too. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for another full flavored chicken recipe :)

Natalie said...

I've never had Peruvian chicken but I like the sound of the ingredients!!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

The chicken sounds terrific. I haven't had any Peruvian food since I moved from Miami where there were several good restaurants.

Kim Garceau said...

Love this chicken recipe and the sauce looks really good!!! Don't know a lot about peruvian cuisine, it's a nice way to start (with the rice too)!

bellini said...

I see that you're gearing up for your upcoming trip and teasing your taste buds.

Anne Regalado said...

I always love the soy , lime and chili combo ! Either for marinade or as a dipping sauce :D But would love to try you combo here ! Delicious dish , Mary ! Your indoor grill sure works very well ! lol

Guru Uru said...

I love the combo of walnut sauce with the chicken my friend, superb :D

Choc Chip Uru

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Tempting and very delicious looking chicken...

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, This dish looks wonderful. The chicken is still juicy and tender looking with a beautiful texture on the outside. Blessings dear for a beautiful weekend. Catherine xo

David said...

Mary, This recipe is a little off the wall...thinking out of the standard box...But I Really Like It! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Mary, this is such a perfect meal for dinner... Love it!

Dining Alone said...

Your fire alarm comment is hilarious, mine are sensitive too, which really is a good thing I suppose! That looks delicious.

France@beyondthepeel said...

I don't know what I'm more stoked on. The marinade or the sauce. Both sound amazing.

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