Grilled Chicken and Chorizo with Spanish-Style Marinade

The star ingredient in this intensely flavored marinade is pimenton, smoked Spanish paprika. Look for it in specialty food stores or order[ from The Spanish Table (206-682-2827 or; regular paprika will not give you the same flavor. Dark meat chicken is the best for grilling, but if you prefer breasts, cook them for 10 minutes less. Serve chicken and sausages with Paella Rice Salad and grilled bread slices rubbed with a garlic clove and a cut tomato.]

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
30 min
1 hr

4 to 6 servings

  • 1/4 cup sherry wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pimenton
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 1 pound Spanish-style chorizo sausages
  • Paella Rice Salad, recipe follows
  • Paella Rice Salad:
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Large pinch saffron threads
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice or short-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas, cooked and cooled
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

In a measuring cup, whisk together vinegar, garlic, salt, oregano, pimenton, and pepper to taste. Add olive oil and whisk until blended. Place chicken in a large re-sealable plastic bag and pour in the vinegar mixture. Seal bag, then shake gently to coat chicken with marinade. Let chicken marinate at room temperature for 2 hours or refrigerate overnight.

Prepare a fire in a barbecue and let coals burn down until covered with gray ash. Remove chicken from bag with tongs, shaking off excess marinade, and place skin-sides down on grill. Cook, turning as needed, until skin is crispy and meat near bone is no longer pink (cut with a knife to test), about 35 minutes. During last 10 minutes of barbecuing, add chorizo to grill and cook, turning until skin crackles and sausages are hot throughout, about 10 minutes. Cut sausages into portions to serve if necessary.

Paella Rice Salad:

Bring the water and salt to boil in a medium saucepan. When water is boiling, stir in pinch saffron. Add the rice, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is just tender (about 20 minutes).

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, blend vinegar and mustard with a fork. Pour in olive oil in a thin stream, whisking with fork to emulsify. Stir in the peas, bell peppers, parsley, and oregano. When rice is cooked, add it to the bowl and stir well to distribute dressing and ingredients. Let rice cool to room temperature and serve. Or refrigerate up to 1 day, then serve.

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