Grilled Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce Recipe | PBS Food

Grilled Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Sauce


Prep time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 30 Minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 jalapeno chile chopped (seeds and ribs removed for less heat, if desired)
  • 1/4 cup raw green pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups packed chopped romaine lettuce (2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add pumpkin seeds; cook, stirring often, until puffed, about 5 minutes. Add lettuce, vinegar, and 1 cup water; season with 1? teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until lettuce is tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer mixture to a blender; add cilantro. Blend on high speed until sauce is very smooth, about 3 minutes. Thin sauce with 2 to 4 tablespoons more water, if needed (it should be pourable).
  4. Meanwhile, heat grill to medium high; oil grates. Rub chicken with remaining tablespoon oil; season generously with salt and pepper. Grill, turning once, until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Serve with sauce.
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