Today is another edition of #ImprovCooking, our monthly challenge to take two ingredients and create a recipe that highlights them. This month we had to combine peaches and peppers, and I made this beautiful and lip smacking Peach Poblano Chimichurri Sauce with Grilled Chicken. Amazing!
A couple of weeks ago I made a more traditional chimichurri and served it over flank steak. Extremely delicious (just ask my friend Debi) but how fun would it be to take this concept in a totally different direction. That’s what I did today and boy is it good!
What flavors would taste best with ripe peaches and poblano peppers? I used cilantro, parsley, green onions, and garlic. Then I added fresh mint to enhance the sweetness of the fruit and freshly squeezed lime juice to brighten the sauce. Serving this combination over grilled meats is incredible. Sweet and savory all in the same bite.
Here in California I barbecue all year long, but especially in the hot summer months when I don’t want to heat my kitchen up. Chicken, turkey, steak, pork chops, ribs, vegetables, seafood, you name it and I grill it. You don’t need a lot of fancy seasonings – let the smoke enhance the food’s natural flavors with just a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
The simply seasoned grilled chicken was the perfect accompaniment to this fruit, pepper and herb sauce. It sounds funny because a sauce is usually the accompaniment to the meat, but in this case it is the sauce that really shines! I used mild poblano peppers but feel free to add in some jalapenos or serranos if you want a spicier bite.
This peach poblano sauce would be wonderful with duck, turkey, or pork too. And if you really want to add interest and complexity to your fish tacos, use this instead of the typical salsa. It is so good that it would make a great fruit salad – just cut the peaches in slightly bigger pieces and add plums, cherries, pluots, apples, etc.
Put this Peach Poblano Chimichurri Sauce with Grilled Chicken on your must make list – it is fabulous! Make sure you check out all the other wonderful recipes from the talented bloggers listed below! They are always so creative and inspiring!
Have a fabulous weekend friends!
Jane’s Tips and Hints:
Leaving the peel on the peaches adds beautiful color. But if you have kids who don’t like the fuzzy skin, try using nectarines instead. Peaches and nectarines are essentially the same fruit with one difference – peaches have fuzzy skin and nectarines are smooth. In either case, look for freestone varieties. They have been bred to have pits that nearly fall out when the fruit is cut in half. It makes them so much easier to work with!
This recipe is naturally gluten-free!
- Grilled Chicken
- 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves
- Olive or vegetable oil
- Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly grated black pepper
- BBQ dry rub blend, optional
- 2 poblano peppers
- Chimichurri Sauce
- 5 large Freestone peaches or nectarines (or any stone fruit you like)
- 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves, lightly packed in the cup
- 2 green onions, trimmed and finely sliced
- 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 3/4 cup organic olive oil
- 1/4 cup champagne vinegar, or to taste
- 2 tsp honey or agave syrup
- Zest of 2 limes
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Fresh peach wedges, brushed lightly with lime juice (to keep them from turning brown)
- Chopped parsley
- Fresh mint sprigs
- Set up your BBQ: If you are working with charcoal, build a medium-hot fire until coals are partly covered with ash, then bank most of the coals on one side of and about 1/3 scattered over the rest of the surface. This creates a 2-tiered fire that gives you more control when cooking. If you are working with a gas grill, preheat on High for about 15 minutes, then turn half the burners to Low and the rest to Medium.
- Grill the Chicken: Brush the chicken breasts lightly with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you want you can also rub it with your favorite dry rub, but you don't really need it. Set the chicken, skin side down, on the hotter side of the grill and cook until you have grill marks and the chicken releases easily. Flip over, move the breasts to the cooler side of the grill, and cook until the chicken reaches 158°F to 160°F on an instant read thermometer inserted in the center (without touching a bone). Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet and cover loosely with foil. The chicken will finish cooking as it rests and the juices will migrate back to the center.
- Grill the Peppers: When you move the chicken to the cooler side of the grill, put the poblano peppers on the hot side and cook, turning to char the skin on all sides. When the entire pepper skin is black, place them in a bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rest for 10 minutes to steam, then peel off the skin (discard it). Do not rinse - you want all that smoky flavor. Remove the stem and seeds, then finely chop the grilled peppers. Set aside.
- Make the Chimichurri: Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits, peel if you want, and chop into 1/4-inch pieces. Do not use a blender or food processor - you want the sauce to be a little chunky. Place in a medium mixing bowl and add the green onions, mint, parsley, and cilantro. Add the grilled poblano peppers. Toss to combine.
- In another bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, honey, lime zest, lime juice, vinegar, and garlic. Whisk vigorously until smooth and the oil is emulsified. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding salt and pepper to taste. If needed, add a little more honey to balance the sourness of the vinegar and lime juice. Pour the dressing over the peach mixture, tossing until all the pieces are evenly coated. Taste again to be sure you have the flavors balanced.
- To Serve: Transfer the chicken breasts to a serving platter. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and pile some alongside, sprinkle the top with parsley. Garnish the plate with the peach wedges and tuck a few sprigs of mint around. Serve immediately.
- Yield: 4 servings
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