2015
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Top 5 grilled chicken recipes you can cook easily at home

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When it comes to meeting general dietary guidelines, grilled chicken is a lean protein choice that fits the bill. Grilling chicken is a method that’s relatively quick, easy, and healthy. With that in mind, here are five great grilled chicken recipes that are easily prepared in your own backyard.

1. Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Honey Citrus Dressing

 

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Image from – gimmesomeoven.com

This is a protein packed and delicious meal.  Along with Chicken’s lean protein, Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse packing a pinch with loads of potassium, B-vitamins and iron.

What you’ll need:

Grilled chicken:

6 chicken breasts

Ground allspice

Salt

Paprika

 

Salad:

1 cup uncooked Quinoa,

1-cup cilantro

1 red pepper

1-cup julienne carrots

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

2/3 cup pomegranate arils

1 teaspoon ground allspice

 

Dressing:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

1 lime, juiced

1½ lemons, juiced

Salt and pepper to taste

1 lime

 

Preparation

  1. Combine 2 cups of water in a saucepan with 1 cup of uncooked quinoa. Bring to a boil and reduce to low. Cook for 15 minutes. Once cooked, set aside to cool.
  2. For the dressing: Combine olive oil, lemon and lime juices, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, and honey and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Place red pepper, cilantro, and carrots in a food processor and combine. Add mixture to quinoa. Then add pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds, and 1 teaspoon of allspice and mix well. Set aside.
  4. For the chicken: Place chicken on parchment paper. Make sure there is enough to fold it over and cover the chicken breasts. Cover chicken on both sides with allspice, salt, and paprika. Fold parchment over the chicken and pound with a rolling pin until ½ inch thick. Place chicken on grill. Reduce heat to medium and put top down for 4 minutes. Flip chicken and grill for 4 or more minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is firm. Let chicken slightly cool and slice on the diagonal.
  5. To layer, place 1 bag of salad on a platter. Top with quinoa salad and chicken.
  6. Squeeze 1 lime over chicken.
  7. Serve with Honey Citrus Dressing.

 

2. Salsa Grilled Chicken

 

Salsa Grilled Chicken

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This is a fun weeknight meal, when you just want something tasty, healthy and easy.

 

What you’ll need:

1 lb boneless chicken breasts, soaked in a brining solution

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and pepper to taste

½ cup thick and chunky salsa (with fruit)

½ cup all-fruit preserves (peach, apricot, blackberry, etc.)

 

Preparation:

  1. To brine the meat: Rinse chicken breasts in cool water and pat dry with paper towels. Coat chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside for about 2 hours and make the glaze.
  2. Whisk salsa and preserves together in a small bowl.
  3. Cook chicken on a preheated grill, on medium-high heat, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees basting with salsa mixture about half way through cooking. Right before chicken is done, coat with a thick layer of salsa glaze and do not flip again before removing from the grill.
  4. Serve with steamed vegetables

 

 

3. Buffalo Drumsticks

 

Image from www.averagebetty.com

Image from www.averagebetty.com

Here, you’ll cook the drumsticks with the skin on, to maintain all the juices. Then to diminish calories, you’ll take the skin off.  There’ll still be plenty of flavor!

 

What you’ll need:

8 drumsticks (about 2 pounds)

1 fresh garlic clove minced (can also use ½ teaspoon garlic powder)

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1½ tablespoons of butter

1½ tablespoons of a hot sauce

 

Preparation:

  1. Preheat grill to 450°F
  2. Place the drumsticks in a large bowl
  3. In a small bowl, mix the onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Add to the large bowl with the garlic. Mix well
  4. Place drumsticks on the heated grill and turn about every six minutes. You’ll be cooking the drumsticks for 30 to 40 minutes
  5. When there are about 15 minutes left, melt the butter and mix in the hot sauce to create your buffalo sauce
  6. Brush on the drumsticks as you’re turning them the last two or three times
  7. When the meat gets to 180°F, you’re done!

 

 

4. Simple but Delectable Chicken Breasts

 

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This is the ultimate after-workout meal.  After the meat has marinated for 4-8 hours, you’ll be ready to enjoy some killer and ultra healthy grilled chicken breasts.

 

What you’ll need:

3 medium garlic cloves

½ teaspoon of salt

½ cup light brown sugar

3 tablespoons of whole grain mustard

¼ cup of cider vinegar

Juice of 1 lime

Juice of ½ lemon

6 tablespoons of olive oil

Ground pepper to taste

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

 

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Whisk in the olive oil and pepper. Add chicken and cover with marinade. Refrigerate for 8 hours.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Let the chicken sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before grilling. Place the chicken on the grill and cook 6 minutes each side, or until juices run clear. Leave the chicken to rest covered for 5 minutes, then serve.

 

5. Smokin’ Hot Chicken

 

Smokin hot chicken recipe

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Here’s how to make some amazing grilled chicken that’s got a kick!

 

What you’ll need:

2 pounds grilled chicken breast, chopped

For the sauce

¼ cup apricot preserves

½ cup garlic chili sauce

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup reduced sugar ketchup

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

½ tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Preparation:

  1. Quickly grill some chicken with a little bit of oil, salt and pepper.
  2. For the sauce, add the ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Add chicken and stir to combine.
  3. Serve over a light rice such as jasmine or basmati rice.

 

These grilled chicken recipes will go along way in terms of providing lean and tasty protein for your diet.  Fire up the grill and enjoy!

 

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