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Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken | alidaksitchen.com

Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken #SundaySupper

This easy recipe for Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken combines honey, balsamic vinegar, garlic and herbs into a healthy chicken dish that takes minutes to prepare. Time to fire up the grill! {gluten free, dairy free}

Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken | alidaksitchen.com

Now that summer is drawing near, I wanted to transform one of our weeknight favorite dinners (Baked Balsamic Chicken) into another weeknight favorite cooked out on the grill. The kids get to play outside while we grill up a tasty feast – everybody wins! Since this recipe was made with my toughest little critics in mind, I decided to sweeten up my original recipe with a little honey. The result is this incredible, tender, slightly sweet and delicious Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken!…

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Taco Burgers | alidaskitchen.com

Taco Burgers #SundaySupper #GrillTalk

Fire up that grill for this southwestern twist on an American classic! Taco Burgers are everything delicious about tacos made into an easy to make (and eat) burger topped with your favorite taco fixings!

Taco Burgers | alidaskitchen.com

We love tacos so much that we eat them (in some form) at least once a week. From Taco Pasta Salad to Lighter Beef Tacos, taco anything is something the entire family enjoys. However now that Minnesota weather is filled with sunshine and warm temperatures, it is time to fire up the grill by making this classic favorite into Taco Burgers!…

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad

An easy recipe for Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad made in minutes using lean boneless, skinless chicken breast and your favorite vegetables! Perfect for a weeknight, or any time you want a delicious, flavorful meal made simple! Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad | alidaskitchen.com
During the week, dinnertime is a busy time.  Once Adam gets home from school, we all want to play outside on the playground, go to a park, do Legos, in other words, pretty much do anything except stand in the kitchen to make a elaborate dinner.  There will be plenty of time for elaborate dinners in later years… I want to spend time with my kids now!  So when it comes to quick and easy meal ideas that require very little preparation, I am all over it!  This Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad recipe can be made in about 15 minutes (or less) using ingredients I have on hand at all times.  No muss, no fuss, no running to the store.  Just a simple, delicious dinner is served!

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Grilled Honey Lime Chicken #SundaySupper - Alida's Kitchen

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken #SundaySupper

Fire up the grill for this easy recipe for Grilled Honey Lime Chicken!  A simple combination of honey, lime, soy sauce and garlic results in a tangy-sweet, delicious and healthy meal. {gluten free, dairy free}

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken #SundaySupper | Alida's Kitchen

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken is fresh and light with a delightful balance of honey, lime, soy sauce and garlic.  This is one of our favorite meals for the summer because it is easy, healthy and everybody loves it!  The marinade takes minutes to mix together, then just pour it over the chicken in a zip-top bag and pop it in the refrigerator until it is time to grill.  As with any citrus marinade, the marinade acts quickly so the chicken can be grilled within 15 minutes thought I have also let the chicken marinate overnight for a great make ahead option.  …

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Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burgers | juicy burger made with MIRACLE WHIP and topped with a cabbage pineapple slaw! #ProudOfIt

Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burgers

Celebrate summer with a this unique, delicious and easy to make Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burger!  Thank you to MIRACLE WHIP (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.    

Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burgers | juicy burger made with MIRACLE WHIP and topped with a cabbage pineapple slaw! #ProudOfIt

With the 4th of July just around the corner, we are looking forward to a fun celebration (plus a day off work!)  We are planning to have a super tasty backyard barbecue with some old favorite recipes as well as tasty new ones!

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ginger chicken satay

Ginger Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay is one of my favorite chicken dishes.  While I doubt there will ever be anything that comes close my favorite recipe, I enjoy experimenting with different versions from time to time.  The thing that caught my eye in this particular version was the interesting use of pineapple juice.

The result was a subtle yet delicious Ginger Chicken Satay.  The flavors are mild yet interesting.  The pineapple juice isn’t obvious, but was indeed a tasty addition.  The heat can obviously be adjusted to taste with the crushed red pepper.   I’m not really a skewer fan, so I just grill the chicken directly instead of threading it on skewers.  If you want to do skewers, then cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces before marinating.  Then thread the chicken on the skewers once you are ready to fire up the grill.

Ginger Chicken Satay
 
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Crushed red pepper, adjust to taste
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken in Ziploc bag.
  2. In medium bowl, combine pineapple juice, peanut butter, sugar, vinegar, ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper. Pour the marinade over chicken in the Ziploc bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  3. Preheat grill (or grill pan) to medium high. Cook chicken 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with additional crushed red pepper, if desired.

 

Adapted from Fitness, May, 2011

grilled lemon chicken with parsley sauce

Grilled Lemon Chicken with Parsley Sauce

Grilled Lemon Chicken with Parsley Sauce is a light and healthy dish that tastes like summer.  Plus it’s a great way to use some of the parsley that may be taking over your herb garden!  The lemon in the chicken is subtle and fresh tasting, which serves as a nice contrast to the tangy parsley sauce.  The marinade is quick and easy to make, using simple ingredients, and then pop the chicken in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill.  As with any citrus marinade, it acts quickly so can be grilled within 15 minutes.  I’ve also let the chicken marinate overnight, and that works fine too.  For the parsley sauce, I just toss everything in my Magic Bullet (which I love any excuse to use!), and it’s done in a minute.  Easy! 

Grilled Lemon Chicken with Parsley Sauce
 
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • Chicken:
  • zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders or breasts (4 4-ounce breasts)
  • Sauce:
  • ⅔ cup parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Prepare marinade: In a bowl, whisk together zest, juice, oil, garlic, salt, pepper and sugar until combined.
  2. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken. Shake to coat and put in the refrigerator to marinate until ready to use (at least 15 minutes to overnight).
  3. Prepare sauce: In a blender, add parsley, oil, shallot, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and juice. Blend until smooth (about 1 minute).
  4. Preheat grill. Place chicken on grill (discard marinade) and cook chicken on 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until thoroughly cooked.
  5. Serve chicken with a drizzle of sauce and garnish as desired. (Store any leftover marinade in the refrigerator).

Adapted from Health, July, 2006

healthy grilled barbecue chicken with DIY barbeque sauce

Grilled BBQ Chicken

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this recipe for Grilled BBQ Chicken already!  It’s been almost 2 months since I posted teaser pictures on my Drumstick Party post.  Oops!  Fortunately there is still plenty of summer time left to fire up that grill and enjoy some tasty Grilled BBQ Chicken.

Homemade barbecue sauce is one of the easiest things to make using simple pantry ingredients.  I have several homemade versions that I love.  Each one is a little different and each one has its time and place.  This recipe below is based on the sauce from my Pulled Chicken Sandwiches.  I absolutely love the spice combination in that recipe and thought it would translate nicely to the grill.  We were so pleased with the result, this is now my go-to recipe for any time we want a classic Grilled BBQ Chicken!

Grilled BBQ Chicken
 
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Cooking spray or oil, for grill
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix ketchup and next 8 ingredients (through cumin) until sauce is combined. Set aside.
  2. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour half of the sauce in the bag, making sure chicken get coated. Put in refrigerator for at least an hour (to overnight).
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Spray the grates with grill cooking spray (or rub with oil), if needed.
  4. Put chicken on grill and discard the bag with marinade. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Serve with additional sauce, as desired.
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The Best Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce

I am very excited to share this recipe with you.  It is my most requested dish, a family favorite, and it’s healthy too.  It is without a doubt The Best Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce ever!

 
As you’ll notice, the marinade and sauce use many of the same ingredients.  For ease, I place the prep bowls side by side and prepare them in tandem.  I measure brown sugar for each, put it away; soy sauce for each, put it away, etc.  They end up like this (marinade on left, sauce on right).

This Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce is definitely worthy of a special occasion, but with some advance prep work it can also be a nice weeknight dinner.  The chicken is best when given ample time to marinate (overnight works well).  I typically use chicken breast tenders and do not thread them on skewers to save myself the extra step.  The result is a delicious Asian-inspired dish with a little spicy kick.  

The Best Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce
Yields 4 servings

1 pound boneless/skinless chicken tenders (or chicken breast cut into strips)

Sate/Marinade:
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3-4 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 tablepoon lime juice

Peanut Sauce:
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (chunky or smooth)

skewers (optional)
cooking spray

Note: if using wooden skewers, soak for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling.

  1. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag.
  2. Prepare sate: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes, ginger, and lime juice. 
  3. Add sate to chicken in bag, making sure chicken is well coated.  Place in refrigerator to marinate (4 hours up to 2 days; ideal time is around 10-15 hours)
  4. Prepare sauce:  In a separate dish, mix together brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes, lime zest and peanut butter.  Stir until combined.  Refrigerate until within 30 minutes of serving.
  5. Cooking:  Preheat grill.  Thread chicken on skewers, if using. 
  6. Place chicken on grill coated with cooking spray (or foil tray).  Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until chicken is done.  Serve with sauce.

Adapted from Cooking Light

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Magic Burgers

We don’t eat a lot of meat in this house, but it’s been a while so why not, right?   Mike is a huge burger fan and often gets a stuffed burger of the day from a local restaurant.  Even though he loves to get those burgers out, he has been requesting I make Magic Burgers for some time now. I’m not sure where the term Magic Burgers came from…actually I remember years ago I made these and after one bite somebody said they’re like magic. 🙂  So anyway…

I like my burgers plain or with cheese,  maybe even potato chips.  But absolutely no ketchup, no bacon, no pickles, you get the idea.  Since I don’t like relying on toppings to flavor my burgers, I add flavor to the patties.

  
This is a basic recipe and very easy to put together.  I usually just eyeball the ingredients, but have listed below the approximate amounts for what I use.  Sometimes I sub green onions for the red onions, which is really good too.   Quick and easy to make, these burgers are a perfect last minute dinner just in time for the weekend.

Magic Burgers
Yields 4 burgers

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
Freshly ground pepper
Salt
Onion buns
Toppings (as desired) 

  1. In a large bowl, mix beef, onion, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper until blended (do not over mix).
  2. Divide mixture into 4 patties (a little larger than the size of your buns) and shape them thinner in the center so they don’t puff up.  
  3. Put patties onto grill heated to medium high heat.  Cook until juices appear on the top of the patties (approximately 4-5 minutes).  Flip and cook on other side until done (about 4-5 minutes). 
  4. Place on top of bun and serve with desired topping.
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Grilled Chicken Caprese

Happy Friday everyone!   I hate to the be the bearer of bad news, but can you believe the end of July is upon us?   Summer is whizzing by in the blink of an eye.  We are trying to take advantage of all that summer has to offer, though a few activities still remain on our ‘to do’ list.  On the other hand, we certainly are taking every opportunity to grill (something we did not do once last summer, back when I was still working, and we were stuck in our pizza/pasta/p’eggs routine).   

In any case, we are having a great summer here at Alida’s Kitchen, and I hope you are too!

After making Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes, I developed an appreciation for the delicious flavor of grilled tomatoes. So when I saw a Caprese Chicken recipe that grilled the chicken AND the tomatoes, it went on my ‘must make’ list immediately!   

Grilled Chicken Caprese is a simple weeknight (or quick weekend meal) that takes little effort and yields an impressive result.  First you make the marinade.  Then marinate slices of the fresh mozzarella (yum!).  While the cheese is marinating, you grill the tomato slices and chicken cutlets, which takes about 5 minutes.  Last, simply put everything together, let it sit a little bit if you can, and then eat!

The result is a delicious Caprese-inspired grilled chicken dish that is quick and easy to make. The original recipe states it takes 30 minutes, which sounds about right…but that includes eating time! 🙂  Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Grilled Chicken Caprese
Yields 4 servings

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons red wine or balsamic vingar
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
4 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch slices, halved and patted
4 chicken breast cutlets (or butterflied chicken breast halves)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
8 tomato slices (2-3 tomatoes), cored and cut into 1/2-inch slices

  1. Make marinade/dressing: whisk together basil, vinegar, garlic and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper to your taste preference.
  2. Take 2 tablespoons of the marinade and pour over mozzarella slices, turning the slices to make sure cheese is coated.  Set aside.
  3. Pat chicken dry and then drizzle about a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on each side of chicken cutlet and season with pepper.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat and spray grates with cooking spray or rub with oil. 
  5. Grill chicken and tomatoes until chicken is thoroughly cooked and browned and tomatoes are slighly charred (about 2 minutes per side).
  6. Transfer chicken to platter and top each cutlet with 2 tomato slices.  Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette and top with mozzarella.  Cover with an inverted plate or tented foil and let sit for 5 minutes (up to 10 minutes, if you can wait that long).  Serve.  

Adapted from Cook’s Country, August/September, 2011

Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes

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Growing up, I remember summer was filled with an abundance of zucchini, rhubarb and tomatoes. According to me, zucchini was best served as bread, rhubarb was best served as crisp and tomatoes were best served to someone else. I was not a fan of tomatoes.

Actually, I still do not care for plain tomatoes, unless they are in a salad. I like my tomatoes made into something. And I must say, these Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes are definintely something!

Of course you can’t go wrong with balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and garlic. In fact, that makes for a pretty common (and tasty) vinaigrette.  The role of the marinade in this dish is perfectly subtle.   

What takes these tomatoes from ordinary to extraordinary is in the grilling. The charring from the grill, combined with the marinade, results in tomatoes literally bursting with fresh flavor.  Topped with Parmesan cheese, Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes are an easy, healthy, and delicious side dish made on grill.

Herbed-Grilled Tomatoes
Yields 4 servings (2 tomato halves per serving)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 medium tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon grated fresh Parmesan cheese

  1. In a wide shallow bowl (13 x 9 baking dish works well) mix together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, salt and pepper.
  2. Add tomatoes, and turn to coat them on all sides.
  3. Prepare grill: brush grates with oil or spray with cooking spray, and preheat to medium high.
  4. Place tomatoes, cut sides down, on the grill rack.  Brush once with remaining marinade, and then discard marinade.  Grill about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until tomatoes begin to blister, soften and brown.  (Note:  They can burn easily so keep an eye on them.)
  5. Remove the tomatoes from grill and top with parmesan cheese.  Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Adapted from Health, June, 2007

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Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken

If I had to pick my all time favorite food, it would be peanut butter (although cheese is a very close second).   I love peanut butter sandwiches, cookies, bars, on apples, plain, ice cream…*sigh*  I could go on and on.

So one day when I was opening my lovely jar of peanut butter, this chicken recipe caught my eye. Peanut butter? Chicken? Mmm… I do not often stumble upon many savory peanut butter dishes, so I was eager to give this a try.

As with most of my chicken recipes for the grill, I adapted this recipe to be quick and easy – mix the marinade, put marinade and chicken in Ziploc bag, let sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours, grill, eat. It’s that simple.

 
The peanut butter, soy sauce and ginger combination give this chicken dish a Thai-inspired flavor. It is really quite tasty AND another way to eat more peanut butter. Yum!

Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken
Yields 4 servings

1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ginger, grated or finely chopped
1 pound chicken tenders or chicken breast  cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

  1. In a bowl, prepare the marinade by mixing all of the ingredients except the chicken.   
  2. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken.  Make sure chicken gets completely coated. Set in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  3. Lightly oil grates on grill OR use a foil tray to cook chicken.
  4. Place chicken on grill (or foil tray) and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Adapted from Smuckers Peanut Butter Jar Lid

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Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

It is not very often that a new recipe immediately leaps way to the top of the list.  But when I saw a tasty recipe in Experience Life magazine, I think my heart skipped a beat with excitement.  I got that ‘I just found a recipe that will change your life’ feeling.  Cheese, black beans, green onions, garlic and spices, all nestled in a tasty little jalapeno?  Seriously?  Time to fire up the grill!

In fact, I was tempted to simply grab a spoon and eat the filling straight from the bowl.

I resisted and instead stuffed these beautiful jalapenos.  The result is a delightful, healthy twist on a jalapeno popper.

This heavenly dish makes for a perfect appetizer at any summer gathering, yet is easy enough to whip together for a light weeknight dinner.  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
Yields 8 (appetizer) or 4 (dinner) servings

16 jalapeno peppers
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
4 green onions, chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon chili powder

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the peppers.
  2. Make a lengthwise slit down each pepper, leaving the stem intact; carefully remove ribs and seeds.  (Tip: a quick rinse helps remove the seeds from the inside, lessening the heat)
  3. Distribute filling evenly among peppers (about 1 tablespoon per pepper).
  4. Heat grill to medium heat.  Place stuffed peppers on a sheet of foil on the grill.  Cover and cook until cheese mixture has melted and peppers are softened, about 10-15 minutes.

Adapted from Experience Life