Best Grilled Chicken Recipe…EVER!!!!

Grilled Chicken Skewer With SaladSo, I swore that I would never share this recipe! It has been my entertaining go to for several years now, and it is always a hit. Not only is it fairly easy, it is incredibly healthy and delicious. Although it’s primarily meant for summer grilling, I adapt it for the winter months too by baking the chicken instead of grilling it…still delicious!

Mediterranean food is just plain healthy (It’s also my favorite). Give me some tabouli and hummus, and I’m in paradise. Although tandoori is technically an Indian dish, I like to pair it with Mediterranean sidekicks. The yogurt marinade and side sauce make the ensemble work deliciously. Even if you don’t usually gravitate toward ethnic foods, give it a try. Your taste buds may surprise you. My sidekicks for this chicken dish include rice pilaf, tabouli, pita and hummus, and a watermelon/mint salad for dessert. Here is my version adapted from the Williams-Sonoma Complete Grilling Cookbook.

The Chicken Marinade: 

3/4 cups plain yogurt

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I often double the recipe for company)

Chicken Directions: 

Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl. Using a knife, score the chicken (make small cuts into the meat). Place flat in a dish and pour the above marinade over the meat, coating both sides completely. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours (overnight is even better). Get the grill going, and throw the chicken on. Use the left over marinade to re-coat the chicken when you flip it. Cook on grill until fully cooked (approx. 20-30 min).

The Side Sauce:

1 cucumber chopped

1 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Side Sauce Directions: 

Simply mix it all together and serve it on top of the chicken or on the side as a dipping sauce for the chicken.

Enjoy!!

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Every Foodie’s Favorite Turkey Burger…or at least it should be!

Group Of Friends Having Outdoor Barbeque At HomeIf you are looking for a healthy alternative to burgers on the grill…look no further! Don’t be fooled! This isn’t your typical turkey burger. Your inner foodie is going to love it! This one is also a modified version taken from The Williams-Sonoma Complete Grilling Cookbook. 

The most important part for making sure it is truly a healthier option is your ground turkey choice. Make sure that you look for ground turkey breast. This is a much leaner option. Most packages will tell you the fat content as well. Although ground turkey does come 99% fat-free extra lean, using this meat on the grill may result in a pretty dry burger. Consider opting up for a little more fat with the 97% fat-free lean to keep some juiciness.

Again, I’m “dishing” all my secret recipes! I decided it was a little selfish to keep them all to myself. Let me introduce you to…

Gourmet Turkey Burgers with Apple-Mint Relish:

The Burgers:

2lbs of ground turkey breast (lean)

1 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup scallions or green onion

1 clove minced garlic or 1 tablespoon

1 1/2 tsp salt (optional)

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Mix it all together (I always use my hands). Make your patties and throw them on the grill. Turn them a few times and cook all the way through. Undercooked turkey is not a good idea!

The Apple-Mint Relish:

2 apples (usually either Golden Delicious or Fuji work best) finely diced

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh mint

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

Toss it all together to make your relish. Put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let the flavors come together.

Putting it all together:

You can choose any bun or bread, but I love to use homemade onion rolls (most grocery stores carry these in the bakery section). Throw on the burger, layer on some spinach instead of lettuce, and then top it with your apple-mint relish. Finally, spread some Dijon Mustard on the top bun and presto! The only problem with these burgers is that they are a mouth full! I like to pair these with sweet potato fries or grilled corn on the cob and a fruit salad.

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Healthy Summer Eats: Tandoori Chicken on the Grill!

Grilled Chicken Skewer With SaladSo, I swore that I would never share this recipe! It has been my entertaining go to for several years now, and it is always a hit. Not only is it fairly easy, it is incredibly healthy and delicious. Although it’s primarily meant for summer grilling, I adapt it for the winter months too by baking the chicken instead of grilling it…still delicious!

Mediterranean food is just plain healthy (It’s also my favorite). Give me some tabouli and hummus, and I’m in paradise. Although tandoori is technically an Indian dish, I like to pair it with Mediterranean sidekicks. The yogurt marinade and side sauce make the ensemble work deliciously. Even if you don’t usually gravitate toward ethnic foods, give it a try. Your taste buds may surprise you. My sidekicks for this chicken dish include rice pilaf, tabouli, pita and hummus, and a watermelon/mint salad for dessert. Here is my version adapted from the Williams-Sonoma Complete Grilling Cookbook.

The Chicken Marinade: 

3/4 cups plain yogurt

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I often double the recipe for company)

Chicken Directions: 

Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl. Using a knife, score the chicken (make small cuts into the meat). Place flat in a dish and pour the above marinade over the meat, coating both sides completely. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours (overnight is even better). Get the grill going, and throw the chicken on. Use the left over marinade to re-coat the chicken when you flip it. Cook on grill until fully cooked (approx. 20-30 min).

The Side Sauce:

1 cucumber chopped

1 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Side Sauce Directions: 

Simply mix it all together and serve it on top of the chicken or on the side as a dipping sauce for the chicken.

Enjoy!!

From The Mom in Me, MD