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Baked Chicken with Spanish Romesco Sauce

Baked Chicken with Spanish Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce, the Spanish version of pesto, is a fantastic everyday sauce to have on hand. In addition to this chicken, you could try it as a dip, as a sauce on pizza, stirred into a Mediterranean-inspired pasta, or spread on crostini and topped with olives. Its versatility makes it a star in the kitchen.


  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 2 lb (1 kg) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 2 red pepper(s), seeded, halved
  • 6 plum tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) almonds, dry roasted
  • 6 pieces whole grain baguette
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) black pepper, freshly ground
  • 6 sprigs flat leaf parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Oil a rectangular baking pan with the olive oil. Place pepper halves, tomato halves and garlic on the pan in a single layer. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until soft. Remove from oven; cool pan on rack.

  2. Season skinless boneless chicken thighs with lemon juice. Bake in another pan in oven for 45 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, juices run clear when pierced with a knife and the internal temperature of each chicken thigh reaches 165°F (74°C).

  3. Toast almonds by placing in a dry skillet over medium heat. Stir or toss frequently until fragrant and lightly golden. Finely chop in a food processor or blender.

  4. To make Romesco Sauce add cooled vegetables with any roasting liquid, 6 pieces torn fresh whole grain baguette, vinegar, salt and pepper to food processor bowl and process until sauce has a pudding thick consistency. Add more bread if needed. Taste and adjust salt and vinegar as needed.

  5. To serve, spoon a generous portion of sauce on top of baked chicken pieces. Garnish with flat leaved Italian parsley.

This is a versatile sauce that can also be served with crusty bread for dipping and a bowl of assorted olives. Also delicious tossed with hot pasta, over grilled seafood or thinned for a salad dressing.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 445 g serving Amount
  • Calories 520
  • Protein 51 g
  • Fat 25 g
  • Saturated Fat 5 g
  • Carbohydrate 25 g
  • Fibre 6 g
  • Sugar 9 g
  • Cholesterol 190 mg
  • Sodium 610 mg
  • Per 445 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 31
  • Calcium 10
  • Iron 25
  • Vitamin A 20
  • Vitamin C 240
  • Vitamin B6 63
  • Vitamin B12 41
  • Folate 21
  • Magnesium 55
  • Zinc 62

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