Tag Archives: grilling

Grilled Chicken Taco

Tacos are always great because you can really put anything you want in them.  Traditionally in Mexico they keep them very simple, meat and one or two toppings depending on the filling.  Cal-Mex has heavily influenced the way most people make tacos these days, lots of lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa added in.  Grilled chicken breast makes for easy outdoor cooking, and summertime makes for  availability of a lot of fresh veggies.

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Meal Plan for the Week of July 7, 2018

We’re having a heat wave, and it’s not letting up this week, so quick and easy is the theme. We have friends with young kids coming over to barbecue on Sunday and we’re sticking to pretty basic BBQ food–hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato salad, and a quick, easy and delicious no-bake dessert so we get treats without the heat in the kitchen.  I have a busy day on Tuesday with back-to-back client meetings, and the a Wine Social at night–luck me!–so its pizza for the boys.  They have opted for Naan Pizza rather than take out.
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BBQ Flat Chicken

The best way to get an even cook on a barbecued chicken without a rotisserie is to remove the spine, open it up and flatten it.  I have filmed a video of my husband flattening a chicken so you can see how easy it is, but if you’re at all squeamish, make sure the sound is turned off because you do hear the bones.  It actually sounds louder in the video than it does in real life, though. (Technical difficulties–okay, it’s all User-related–loading the video.  Please bear with me.  It’s coming.)  Opening up the chicken allows you to season and flavour the inside of the chicken as well as the outside and creates a “rack” (ie, the rib cage) for you to cook the chicken on so it doesn’t stick to the grill. You will end up with a juicy, succulent chicken with nice, crispy skin, in just about an hour.  This recipe is the directions for a very basic chicken, but the Tips section below includes flavour variations and how to apply them. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of June 9, 2018

We are still loving the grill, and the weather is supporting this love affair. We’re running the gamut of proteins this week: chicken, fish, beef, and pork (and beans!).   We had to make some adjustments to last week’s plan because life just got in the way, so the Thai Beef with Spicy Green Beans is on repeat because we never actually got to make it.  Monday is Corn on the Cob Day, so we will be having grilled corn with our fish tacos, because who are we to let a “holiday” go by unacknowledged?
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Tandoori-Style Grilled Chicken

I love Indian food, but because so much of it is made with yogurt I have to make it at home to enjoy it now.  The availability of lactose-free food makes it really easy to do this.  I’m calling it “Tandoori Style” chicken because is is grilled, rather than made in an actual Tandoor oven, but it has all the flavour and char you are looking for.  For summer meals, serving it with a variety of salads keeps it light and fresh.  For a heartier, winter meal, serve it with mint scented basmati rice and curried cauliflower.  Tandoori masala is the traditional spice blend, available in the International section of your local grocery store or an Indian grocery store.   Continue reading