Chicken Thighs with Pimiento-Pecan Sauce

Pimientos replace the classic roasted red bell pepper in this Southern spin on Spanish romesco sauce, traditionally made with roasted red peppers and almonds.

Chicken Thighs with Pimiento-Pecan Sauce
Makes 6 Servings
  • 2 (7-ounce) jars whole pimientos, drained
  • ¼ cup pecan halves
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes with herbs, drained
  • 1 slice crusty French bread, torn (about 1 ounce)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 6 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound small Yukon gold potatoes, halved
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • ⅓ cup Castelvetrano olives
  • Crusty French bread, to serve
  • Garnish: chopped fresh oregano, flaked sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In the work bowl of a food processor, place pimientos, pecans, tomatoes, torn bread, 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar, whole garlic cloves, paprika, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt; pulse until coarsely chopped. Pulse again until well combined and smooth. Set aside.
  3. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat.
  4. Rub chicken with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper. Add chicken, skin side down, to skillet; cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet.
  5. Add potatoes and minced garlic to skillet; cook, stirring frequently, until potatoes are browned. Add oregano and remaining ½ teaspoon kosher salt; cook for 10 minutes. Return chicken to skillet.
  6. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with olives. Serve with sauce and French bread. Garnish with oregano and flaked salt, if desired.