A South Florida chef heats things up in the kitchen with his chicken recipe. He shares his secret to making it deliciously, crispy in a Bite With Belkys.

The Chef: CJ Jacobson
The Restaurant: Aba, Bal Harbour
The Dish: Crispy Chicken Thigh

Ingredients:
Chicken Marinade:
5 Cloves Garlic (sliced)
½ cup Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
3 sprigs Thyme
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
4 Boneless Chicken Thighs
Pinch of salt

Green Harissa:
2 Tomatillos (each cut into 4 pieces)
2 Jalapenos (sliced)
1 bunch Green Onion (chopped)
½ tablespoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Black Pepper
1 cup chopped Parsley 
1 cup chopped Cilantro
¼ cup Fresh Lime Juice
1 teaspoon Fish Sauce
Olive Oil (as needed)
Salt (to season)

Crispy Chicken Thigh Dish
4 Marinated Chicken Thighs
Green Harissa
½ cup Yogurt (salted and at room temperature)
4 Piparra Peppers 

Method of Preparation:
To prepare the Chicken Marinade:

  • Simmer garlic cloves and olive oil until lightly golden.
  • Remove the garlic cloves and olive oil from the heat to cool to room temperature.
  • Add in soy sauce, thyme and smoke paprika.
  • Once cooled, add in a pinch of salt and massage the marinade into the boneless chicken thighs.
  • Marinate overnight for optimal flavor, or continue to prepare right away.

To prepare the Green Harissa: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 450°F.
  • Add tomatillo hunks, green onions and jalapenos to a bowl. Toss with olive oil and season with salt.
  • Roast tomatillo mixture in oven for 12 minutes, or until golden brown (with some burn spots to be expected).
  • Allow to cool.
  • Once cool, add roasted tomatillo mixture to a blender. Add in cinnamon, black pepper, parsley, cilantro, lime juice and fish sauce.
  • Purée until smooth. Season with salt as needed.
  • Refrigerate until needed.

To prepare the plated Crispy Chicken Thighs with Green Harissa and Piparra Peppers:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cook each marinated chicken thigh skin-side down in a nonstick pan on low. Place another pan on top to caramelize.
  • After 10 minutes, or until brown, flip the thigh over and put the skinless side-down in an oven-safe dish. Put in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Warm the green harissa on the stovetop on low. Season with salt as needed.

To Plate:

  • Spoon 3 oz of green harissa onto each plate.
  • Swoosh a tablespoon of yogurt through the middle of the plated green harissa.
  • Slice the chicken thigh as desired, then place on top of the yogurt and green harissa.
  • Top with one piparra pepper per plate.

Enjoy immediately!

Aba
(located in Bal Harbour Shops)
9700 Collins Ave Suite 101, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
(305) 677-2840
https://www.abarestaurants.com/miami/

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