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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grilled Chicken Salad: Recipe

Grilled chicken can be a real treat if done well but it can also be incredibly boring. I've said it's a necessary food - high in protein and low in fat and calories, it's the 'diet wonder-food.' I made a simple marinade and allowed the chicken to steep for about 30 minutes while I did some other prep work. Pairing grilled chicken with grilled and fresh vegetables made for a really lively mouthful! This is one dish that will reappear on our table before the summer's out, for sure.

Grilled Chicken Salad
serves 4-6

1 lb. chicken cutlets
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon and 1 lime
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Fresh grindings of pepper
2 tablespoons fresh basil

For the Salad
1 medium green zucchini, sliced thin lengthwise
1 medium yellow zucchini, sliced thin lengthwise
1 small fresh tomato, chopped
1 medium yellow pepper, top and bottom sliced off and body quartered
2 medium carrots, shredded
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced

Heat grill.

In a large bowl, the olive oil, lime and lemon juice, salt, pepper and basil and mix well. Add the chicken into the bowl and ensure all pieces have been coated with mixture. Mix two or three times over the course of 1/2 hour - or longer - at room temperature.

Combine in a sealable plastic bag the remaining oil, sherry vinegar, salt and basil and mix well. Add the sliced green and yellow zucchini and yellow pepper. Seal the bag well and gently shake until all the pieces are well coated. Can be done 1/2 hour before grilling time.

Grill chicken over direct heat for about 8 minutes total - about 4-5 minutes per side, careful not to burn. Add the vegetables and cook another 4-5 minutes, turning several times to avoid burning them.

Place the chicken onto a platter and add the grilled vegetables on top of the chicken. Next add the shredded carrots and the chopped tomato on top. Allow mixture to sit for about 3-5 minutes before serving and be sure to pour some of the collected juices onto each portion.

1 comment:

Linda said...

I'm very happy to leave my comment here. It is great.