Monday, August 5, 2013

Lemon Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Peach Salsa

Our garden is finally beginning to produce. If all those little blossoms become cucumbers, we'll have enough to share with the neighbors. I cut some rosemary today to dry for winter, and an arm full of basil that will go into pesto.

The local farmers are complaining about tomato blight, Apparently, this non-stop rain isn't good for everything. Tomatoes need some time in the sun to thrive.

I wanted to grill chicken breasts with peaches today. I've mentioned before that when I turn on the grill, something comes over me, and I want to cook everything in the fridge! So out came the eggplant, squash, corn, and even beets! If that whim should overcome you, just remember to oil the grill and the food so they don't stick. I cooked enough today to last us for a few days!

How cool is this? The purple eggplant turned gold! Those little red things are baby beets. Next time I'll just wash them and won't peel them until after they roast. They take a little longer to cook than most veggies, but they were delicious. No seasoning needed!

The chicken worked out great and it's super easy. Definitely a quick and easy dinner. The most difficult part is guestimating when it's ready. I've found it's best to take meat off the grill while it's still a teensy bit undercooked because it keeps cooking inside for a few minutes even once it's taken off the grill.

I marinated the chicken, which gave it such a lovely flavor that we didn't need to season it at all. But the best part was the peach salsa. It couldn't have been more simple. Be sure to wrap the foil tightly so it won't leak. You don't want to lose those delicious juices! When I opened it, I found it easiest to unfold one end and pour the whole thing into a bowl. It's every bit as good cold, so don't worry if you have leftovers. But I suspect you won't have much leftover!

There were some pork chops that went on the grill, too.  Marinate them in olive oil and Penzey's Northwest spice. The peach salsa goes with them perfectly!

Lemon Marinated Grilled Chicken 
with Peach Onion Salsa

Serves 2

2 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Combine the lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil in a zip top bag. Mush a bit to combine. Add the chicken breasts, close, and turn over several times to cover them. Refrigerate for one hour.

Prepare the salsa.

2-3 peaches (2 if they are huge)
1/3 cup sweet onion
3 basil leaves

Peel the peaches, pit them, and slice. Cut the slices into bite-sized pieces. Coarsely chop the onion. Cut the basil into small bits.

Place the peaches, onion, and basil on a 16-inch sheet of aluminum foil. Bring the ends up  and seal the top tightly. Fold the ends tightly and bend upward to prevent leaking.

Start the grill, add the peach salsa packet to an area where it is not over direct flames, and close the top. The salsa needs to cook at least 20 minutes. Longer is okay, too.

Grill the chicken breasts, pouring any remaining marinade over them. Flip once during cooking. Do not overcook!

Serve the salsa over the chicken breasts.

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  1. You're so clever about grilling Krista--I never would have imagined grilling beets! and the peaches--yum!

    1. I just ate one of the leftover beets cold for lunch. OMG, but it was good. They were baby beets. If you grill large beets, quarter them first.


  2. What a great assortment! Fire up that grill.
    I must try the beets. They are wonderful roasted, so grilled should be terrific, too.
    The peach salsa is another "must". Bet it gets a great mellow flavor from the cooking.

    1. Libby, grilled beets are very much like roasted beets. I peeled them because the outsides of beets never seem to scrub very clean, but next time I might leave the exterior on and see what happens.

      The peach salsa was so good! And totally healthy. No oils or fats. The sauce is totally from the onion and peach juices.


  3. I grilled butternut squash last night. I microwaved it first then tossed in olive oil and garlic and put the cubes on the grill (in one of those basket type things that keep small pieces from falling through the grates. Had it with a pork tenderloin marinated in teryaki sauce. I would love to try the beets. Hubby doesn't care for them, but I like them, and anything roasted is so much better!

    1. The squash sounds delicious! I may become addicted to those baby beets. They're so naturally sweet.


  4. Love the recipe. Adore the picture of Sunshine in the stock pot! What a beautiful cat! Those eyes!!!



    1. Sunshine is such a funny cat. We have 101 cat beds, but she likes to sleep in the oddest places. The only constants are that she likes places that are too small for her and have firm sides. Go figure.


  5. Yummy, delicious and good for you too! Thanks, Krista and a big hello to inspirational Sunshine!