Cacao Butter Romesco Sauce with Crispy Chicken Thighs

Roma-what?

Romesco sauce is a delicious sauce, usually brick read in color, made of red peppers and nuts from Catalonia!  I’ve re-created here, nightshade free and totally delicious. My first encounter with romanesco was on the gourmet food truck I worked on in San Diego, Harvest Kitchen.

romanesco

Marguerite Griftka, the veteran chef who was to replace me as I was about to have a baby created the most epic tacos with this delicious sauce.  This rich sauce is perfect on fish, but I think it doubles as a BBQ sauce pretty darn well.

Romesco has a tangy, yet warm flavor. It’s a little toasty and totally delicious. This cacao butter and cashew version, made using fried red onions vs red peppers it finger licking good too!

pepper free romanesco

Cacao Butter

Other than being the perfect alternative to my avocado, coconut and dairy afflicted friends. This monounsaturated fat is packed with antioxidants. It also thickens when cooled and lends itself to making this sauce rich and creamy!

Other uses for cacao butter are  Rocket Fuel Lattes and Homemade Chocolate. 

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Cacao Butter Romesco Sauce with Crispy Chicken Thighs

nightshade free sauce

This fun twist on Romesco sauce is somewhere between the traditional earthy and smoky sauce and BBQ sauce. A mix of fried red onions, toasted cashews and warm spices. Get all the antioxidant goodness of cacao in this deliciously savory recipe!

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

The Sauce:

½ cup melted Navitas Cacao Butter
½ red onion, sliced
¼ cup raw cashews
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon toasted ground cumin
½ teaspoon fine salt
¼ cup coconut aminos
1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon date syrup (or preferred sweetener- optional)

The Chicken:

2 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs

3 tablespoons bacon fat

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions

Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat with the cacao butter.
Once hot, add in the onion and cashews. Fry, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until the onions and cashews are golden and toasty.
Pour everything into a blender, add in the seasonings, aminos, vinegar and sweetener if you’re using it. Blend until smooth.

To make the chicken:

Pre-heat oven to 425F.

Toss the chicken thighs, bacon fat, salt and pepper together then lay the thighs flat on a sheet pan, so none of them over lap or touch.

Roast for 30 minutes, then flip over and roast another 10. Use a spatula to scrape them up off the sheet pan.

Serve over greens, drizzle the sauce all over them!

Notes

Substitutions: Almonds or hemp hearts may be used instead of cashews and in equal amounts.

If you can eat nightshades, try using smoked paprika instead of the garam masala!

Keywords: nightshade free, bbq sauce, romanesco

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