Grilled Chicken with Lime-Ginger Mayo and Carrot "Risotto"
I’m a big fan of chicken thighs—they’re particularly flavorful and almost impossible to mess up. You can cook these thighs on an indoor or outdoor grill, but if you use an outdoor grill, whether charcoal or gas, you’ll want to keep one side hot and the other side cooler: With charcoal, just move the hot charcoals to one side of the grill; with a gas grill, heat one side on high heat and the other side on low heat. Either way you’ll cook the chicken on the cooler side, where it will benefit from the indirect heat of the grill and stay tender and moist. I’m serving the thighs with what I call carrot risotto. It’s not really risotto because there’s no arborio rice involved, and it only takes a few minutes to cook. It’s rice-sized pieces of carrot cooked in a risotto-style, and it’s a great way to get extra vegetables onto the plate. Using bagged carrot chips or carrot sticks from the grocery store makes it easy to pull together.
Place the chicken thighs on a sheet pan and set aside.
Whisk together the lime zest and juice, mayonnaise, ginger, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Brush the lime-ginger mayo all over the chicken thighs with a pastry brush. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Heat a grill or stovetop grill pan to medium-high. Grill the chicken, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 165 degrees F, 12 to 16 minutes. (Cook the chicken covered if you’re using an outdoor grill.) Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
To serve, spoon the Carrot Risotto onto a platter (garnish as described below), then top with the grilled chicken and garnish with thinly sliced lime.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter. Cook the butter until it is completely melted and just starts to turn golden-brown, then add the diced carrots and toss to coat in the butter. Cook the carrots until they begin to soften and caramelize slightly, about 3 minutes.
Stir in the vegetable broth and wine. Cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid has reduced by half and the carrots are tender. Lower the heat to medium and stir in all but 2 tablespoons of the pecorino (reserve the remaining cheese for garnish). Stir until the cheese is completely combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
Season the risotto to taste with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with the parsley and reserved cheese just before serving. Makes 4 servings.