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Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Total Time
50 mins

Sisters Meave and Faye McAuliffe run Bread & Water, a Venice Beach catering company. The chicken gets a flavor boost from charmoula, a versatile marinade. "I make extra to use as a dip," says Meave.

su-Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Photo: Thomas J. Story
 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
 2 tablespoons lemon juice
 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
 1/4 teaspoon pepper
 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
 1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
 1 garlic clove, minced
 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
 4 boned, skinned chicken thighs (about 1 lb. total)
 1/4 cup mayonnaise
 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
 4 ciabatta rolls (each 4 oz.), split
 2 cups arugula
Step 1

Mix oil, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, the spices, garlic, and cilantro together in a medium bowl. Set aside 1/4 cup of the marinade. Add chicken to bowl, turning to coat evenly. Let chicken marinate, chilled, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Step 2

Blend mayonnaise, red peppers, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Chill until ready to use.

Step 3

Prepare grill for high heat (450° to 550°). Brush bottom halves of each roll with 1 tbsp. of reserved marinade mixture. Cook chicken, turning once, until grill marks appear and meat is cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Grill rolls cut side down until warmed and grill marks appear, about 2 minutes. Let both cool.

Step 4

To assemble: Set 1 chicken thigh onto bottom half of 1 roll. Spread 2 tbsp. mayo onto cut side of top half. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup arugula and set top of roll on chicken.

Step 5

Make ahead: Wrap well in plastic wrap and chill overnight. Or make through step 3, then assemble at the last minute.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 691Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g48%

Saturated Fat 5.2g26%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 1149mg48%
Total Carbohydrate 67g23%

Dietary Fiber 3.3g14%
Protein 36g72%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.