Spicy Garlic Cashew Chicken

Zesty and spicy chicken, marinated with a cashew, garlic and jalapeño sauce. Grilled or broiled to a crisp golden brown and served with lime wedges.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 1 cup roasted (salted or unsalted) cashew nuts
  • 6 Tbsp roughly chopped cilantro (leaves and stems)
  • 1/4 cup canola or olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (use gluten-free for gluten-free version)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, stems and most seeds discarded, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

The rest:
  • Corn tortillas
  • Finely shredded cabbage
  • Thinly sliced radishes
  • Chopped avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
Directions
  • Make the spicy cashew paste: In a food processor or blender, add the cashews, cilantro, oil, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, jalapeño, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of water. Pulse or blend until the mixture is a smooth paste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reserve a third of the marinade for serving with the chicken. Use the rest for coating the chicken.
  • Coat chicken with the cashew paste: Sprinkle the chicken thighs all over with salt and pepper. Coat the chicken pieces with the marinade. At this point if you want, you can make ahead, and chill for several hours or overnight until ready to cook. Bring to room temperature before cooking.
  • Grill or broil the chicken: Preheat broiler or prepare grill (or grill pan) for medium direct heat. Broil or grill chicken, turning frequently, until golden and crisp and a meat thermometer reads 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (not touching a bone), or when the juices run clear (not pink) when cut into with a knife. This will take about 25 to 35 minutes for a grill on medium heat, or about 10-20 minutes under a broiler, depending on how far the chicken is from the heat. Note that as you turn the pieces, some of the coating will fall off. It's to be expected, so don't worry if and when this happens. Serve with lime wedges, reserved marinade, and cilantro.

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