This recipe actually came from my sister, who's a professional chef.
Prep time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
1¼ cup packed fresh basil
1 cup packed fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)
¼ cup packed fresh mint
3 garlic cloves, peeled
¼ cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
finely grated zest from 1 medium lime
3 pounds skin-on chicken drumsticks or thighs
2 limes, cut into wedges
1. In a blender, puree the onion, basil, cilantro, mint, garlic, fish sauce, apple juice, Aleppo pepper, black pepper, and lime zest. The mixture should be thick and smooth, with no chunks. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
2. Place the chicken in a gallon-size zip-top bag. Pour in the marinade and squeeze out the air in the bag before sealing. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to a day.
3. If oven-roasting: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with the rack in the middle position. Then, place a wire rack atop a foil-lined rimmed baking tray. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the rack, and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, flipping the bird (ha!) at the midpoint.
4. If grilling: Arrange the marinated chicken on a medium hot grill and cook for about 25 minutes, turning every 5 to 7 minutes.
5. The chicken's ready when the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F or when the juices run clear. Serve with lime wedges. From Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC 2013