Greek Grilled Chicken

 

Grilled Greek ChickenSusanna Hoffman wrote an article for the food magazine “Saveur” in 2010 stating that Greece is the fountainhead of European culture. The mysterious Minoans were among the first residents of Greece, arriving around 2700 B.C, writes Susanna.

Besides finding wild grapes and making wine with them, they also discovered a bitter native berry they began to cure and press, and if you guessed the olive, you guessed correctly. The olive, and its oil, became the economic foundation of their civilization (Food History Of Greece – Saveur).

Making Greek Grilled Chicken

We love barbecuing as the food always seems to have a special flavor. Our featured recipe is Greek Grilled Chicken, and before we bring out the recipe, we wanted to show you what we did to evenly and flavor-fully cook the chicken.

slits cut into chicken breastsWe cut small slits crosswise on each chicken breast, being careful not to cut all the way through. Doing this helps the marinade penetrate the meat, which disperses the marinaded flavor throughout the meat and not just on the surface. It also helps the chicken cook evenly.

We also did this method with roasted chicken breasts (Roasted Chicken With Chipotle Cinnamon Orange Glaze), and we have to say it always gives exceptional flavor to the meat, as well as the meat cooks evenly and retains its juices. Making those slits in the meat before marinading it, makes for awesome BBQ or roasted chicken.

A Greek food expert on “About Food“, expresses Greek seasoning as the “quintessential” Greek flavors, which are olive oil, lemon, garlic, and oregano (About Food).

With that said, our mouths are watering, so let’s bring out the recipe, and here is what you will need.

making Greek Grilled Chicken marinade The Marinade

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon Greek seasoning (bought at Whole Foods Market)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Dash black pepper

In a glass measuring cup or an equivalent vessel, add all 7 ingredients and mix well.

marinading chicken breastsUsing 6 to 8 chicken breasts, without the skin and bones, make those slits in the meat. I don’t like using plastic bags to marinate my food. In a large bowl, while layering the breasts, pour marinade over meat. If you noted in our first image, the chicken breasts are sitting on a piece of wax paper, take it, and invert it over the chicken. Place bowl in the refrigerate for up to 3 hours.

Grilled Greek Chicken on the BBQHeat your BBQ grill, and place the meat on the hot grill with flame turned down. Turn chicken about every 4 minutes. If you are using some thick chicken breasts, it will take about 25 minutes or so to cook the meat to 165 degrees internal meat temperature.

Grilled Greek ChickenPlate and serve your Greek Grilled Chicken with a side salad or vegetable. Enjoy those “quintessential” Greek flavors!!!

Enjoy our other Greek inspired recipes:

  1. Greek Marinated Chicken with Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad
  2. Greek Yougurt Dill Spread with Ham and Red Cabbage On Wasa Crisp Bread
  3. Grilled Figs and Eggplant Salad with Blackberry and Fig Dressing – (Figs and Eggplant are part of the Greek cuisine)

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BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter

BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter

BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter

If only we could include the smell, of those vegetables barbecuing. You’ll just have to prepare this featured recipe to enjoy that smell.

Grilling vegetables is really easy and a lot of fun. Barbecuing gets you outside to enjoy fresh air. Put on a little music and enjoy the view of your garden. If you bbq in the sun, you’re getting your daily dose of vitamin-D as well.

The general rule to BBQ your vegetables is to cut them into pieces that will cook quickly and evenly. All the cut pieces should be of consistent thickness and no more than about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Most will soak their cut vegetables in cold water for about 30 minutes before grilling them to keep them from drying out.

BBQ vegetables are meant for entertaining, and grilling them brings out their natural sweetness, and the the seasoning mix or marinade adds a real punch of flavor your palate is sure to enjoy every time.

Let’s get started with our featured recipe: BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter with a Avocado Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce. This vegetable platter makes for a great appetizer to keep your guests happily waiting while you finish up the main course.

Avocado vinaigrette and Garlic Lemon seasoningHere is what you will need.

1/2 pound green beans, fresh, trimmed

1 medium sweet potato, cut french fry style, 1 inch thick (option to remove or leave peel on)

1 each red, yellow, purple carrots, medium size, cut into strips, 1 inch thick (option to remove or leave peel on)

2 teaspoons garlic lemon seasoning (we purchased the seasoning at Whole Foods Market)

1/8 to 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup of Cindy’s Kitchen “Fresh Avocado Vinaigrette” (purchased at Whole Foods Market)

4 or 5 tablespoons greek yogurt, with full fat

Seasoned Vegetables for BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable PlatterLine your BBQ grill with some aluminum foil, put grill into place, and heat the grill with your favorite method (chips, charcoal, or gas). While waiting for grill to heat, in a large mixing bowl add the oil, vinegar, and seasoning. Next add the cut vegetables and mix until well coated.

After preparing the vegetables (no we did not soak them in water, as the grill is foil lined they are not exposed to the flame) spread out the season coated vegetables onto the hot grill, then turn down fire (if using gas).

Grill the vegetables, turning occasionally, for about 7 to 8 minutes (if using gas). Do not overcook, as the vegetables can dry out, and will become flimsy, which you do not want. You want your vegetables cooked, but still firm and with some crunch.

Remove BBQ vegetables to a plate, and set aside to cool some while preparing the dipping sauce.

BBQ Garlic Lemon Vegetable Platter -close upTo a medium mixing bowl, add the avocado vinaigrette and greek yogurt, and mix until well blended. pour into a smaller bowl that will fit in the middle of a round platter with vegetables arranged around it.

Serve this prepared platter as a side dish or an appetizer to entertain your guests as they arrive, or even put it on your Sunday Brunch menu.

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