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Grilled Chicken Thighs With Brazilian “vinaigrette” Salsa

Grilled Chicken Thighs With Brazilian “vinaigrette” Salsa

An inexpensive way to kick off grilling season right with this moist and delicious chicken.


  • 8 skin-on, boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground bay leaf
  • Brazilian “Vinaigrette” Salsa (recipe follows), for serving
  • Brazilian “Vinaigrette” Salsa
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced tomato (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper (1/4-inch dice)
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril at the Grill, HarperStudio Publishers, New York, 2009, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

  • Preheat a grill to medium-low.

  • Season the chicken with the sea salt.

  • In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic, and bay leaf.

  • Place the chicken, skin side down, on the grill and brush it with the butter-garlic blend. Cook for 7 minutes. Turn the chicken over, baste it with more of the butter mixture, and cook for another 7 minutes. Turn the chicken skin side down, and cook for 7 minutes more. Turn it over one last time and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the deepest portion of the thighs registers 160° to 165°F, about 7 minutes longer. Remove from the pan, and serve with the “Vinaigrette” Salsa.

  • 4 to 6 servings

  • Brazilian “Vinaigrette” Salsa

  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to combine. Allow the salsa to sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving.

  • 2 cups