I was lucky enough to be gifted some fresh garlic scapes from a friend with a huge veggie garden, and I wanted to make sure to use them for something fun and interesting. Chimichurri has always intrigued me, although I had never gotten around to actually making it, so I decided to try a Garlic Scape Chimichurri.
As a side bonus, Chimichurri goes well with some hard cheeses, such as Parmesan, so I was able to add that to the dish for an extra flavor pop!
Garlic scapes have a mild garlicky flavor, and a don’t require much preparation except cutting the stems off a couple of inches below the unopened flower bulb. If scapes are not harvested on time, they can be a bit woody. The best way to use them is to peel the outer, tougher part of the stem off.
This is a bit of a twist on classic chicken Parmesan….. Actually, maybe it is an entirely different dish! Whatever it was, I enjoyed it, so decided to share it with you even though it only calls for a minimal amount of cheese.
I planned to put the Chimichurri on some chicken breasts with a mix of Mozzarella and Parmesan on top (which would’ve been a similar presentation to the regular chicken Parmesan). Read on for what really went down!
You Will Need:
A small blender or immersion blender, and an oven proof dish
8-10 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or any other cut you fancy)
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
8 garlic scapes
½ jalapeño (or a whole one if you like spice)
½ cup parsley
½ cup oregano
½ cup of grated Parmesan
Salt & pepper
Optional: ½ cup chopped cilantro
How To Make:
- Preheat the oven to 380 F / 190 C
- Rough chop the herbs, jalapeño and garlic scapes and put in a blender with the vinegar and oil. Pulse to dice the mixture, but leave it a bit chunky rather than making a puree.
- Pour the Chimichurri into a dish with the chicken and mix well. Add the Parmesan and mix.
- Place the pieces of chicken in an oven proof dish and cook through. If you want an extra Parmesan pop, sprinkle grated Parmesan on top then put the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes.