Sunday, July 13, 2008
GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS/ 3WAYS
We eat boneless chicken breasts two or three times a week in the summer. I recently purchased about 8 pounds at $1.79/ pound so I have plenty in the freezer right now. I usually try to vary the way I cook them just by changing a basic marinade. I don't measure anything, but I will try to give an approximation. I usually marinate for 30-60 minutes. Any longer and the acid in the marinade will start to cook the chicken. After they are marinated I cook them on a hot grill ( I use charcoal) for approximately 5-7 minutes per side depending on thickness. DO NOT overcook. It should be firm, with just a little resistance when you press it lightly. Cover loosely with tin foil and let rest for ten minutes for the juices to settle back into the meat and for any carryover cooking. Serve with whatever side dish suits the style of the chicken.
Each marinade starts with about 1/4 olive oil and a couple of cloves of garlic, rough chopped, salt and pepper.
For Mexican Chicken add the zest and juice of 2 limes and some chopped cilantro.
For Greek Chicken add the juice of one large lemon, some zest if you want and fresh oregano or marjoram.
For Italian Chicken add a couple tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar and some chopped rosemary. This also works well on Pork Chops. We prefer the chops with bones left in for more flavor.
Super easy, delicious and healthy.
On another note my FIL seems to have rallied a bit and tonight he ate quite a lot of the most ghastly looking food I have seen in quite some time. He is very weak, but managed beef stew and when I cut up the two canned peach halves he was able to eat them all up. We snuck him in some Dunkin Donuts Decaf and he drank it through a straw. He says he is feeling better. There is still some question whether this is another episode of Congestive Heart Failure or something else, but he seems to be out of the woods for now. I am encouraging Bob to spend time with him this week and it looks like the trip is a go, at least for today!
Now I have a lot of work to get done for the bathroom reno (the contractor doesn't paint) so I want to gt the ceiling primed and painted and the walls primed, so they will be ready when I get home. I still have to buy a tub, tub tile, light fixture and faucet, work 2 days this week and a bunch of other stuff, like BLOG, pack etc. Makes me tired just thinking of it, particularly because I haven't been too industrious of late.