Wow, it was a lovely day today. Sunny, 80 degrees, balmy breeze - perfect weather. We ran errands all afternoon and got home later than usual. This is what we have been waiting for all winter. These are the nights I don't mind cooking a late dinner because we can grill. Oh yeah. It was so lovely out of doors. We ate on the deck and I really didn't want to come inside.
For dinner I made these delicious grilled chicken breasts that are marinated with fresh lemon juice and thyme with some red pepper flakes for a little heat and garlic for depth of flavor. All of this is added to some good extra virgin olive oil. Yum. The recipe is from foodandwine.com. The lemon and thyme give the chicken such a nice, bright citrus flavor which is perfect for warm weather. It would be fabulous sliced and served on a beautiful green salad if you are watching your calories. It would also be wonderful sliced and served as a sandwich.
Here is what you need:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (I zested one lemon and added the zest to the marinade)
1/4 tsp dried thyme (I used 5 sprigs fresh thyme)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (add more if you like more heat)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Mix the lemon juice, lemon zest, thyme, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Put the chicken breasts in a gallon sized zip lock bag and add all the marinade. Squish it around until all the chicken is coated in the marinade. Put the bag in a bowl in case it leaks and put in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour. I moved it around a few times to make sure everything was good and coated with the marinade. After 1/2 hour, remove the chicken from the marinade and grill until the juices run clear and there is no pink in the middle of the chicken. Remove from the grill. Let sit for a few minutes before serving. Delicious. If you don't have an outdoor grill, you can use a stove top grill also.
Now is the time to start building up some new recipes for summer grilling season. Give this one a try. It's quick, easy, no unusual ingredients and it is SOOOOOOOO good. It is also pretty low calorie.
Don't know about you, but I am beyond happy for this weather to finally make its appearance. It was a long winter.
Things to Remember:
“Never throw away squeezed lemon, but keep them for the day by the sink. Then you can use them to remove fish, onion or garlic smells from your fingers. Or you can stick them on your elbows while you are reading a book, to soften and whiten your skin.” Jennifer Paterson, Two Fat Ladies Obsessions