...NO Recipe Required!
I tell people all the time that lots of times you simply don’t need a recipe for a delicious meal. Just trust your instincts and use the flavors you and your family love and 9 times out of 10 you will end up with a meal that is flavorful and fabulous! It’s how new recipes are born!
Here’s how I made the herb-grilled chicken that I morphed into my Garlic-Butter Chicken and Summer Squash over Spaghetti Noodles casserole!
So, no recipe. But I will tell you what I did. Feel free to deviate depending on what you have in your house or garden! Don’t worry about experimenting, if you follow the basic directions I can bet yours will turn out as good as mine!
To start off I used a big, high sided pan that held my chicken in a single layer. I wasn’t too concerned about ruining it on my grill because I wrapped the whole thing in two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil after I was finished throwing it together. The pan did fine.
I did spray the inside of my pan first with regular non-stick cooking spray. You can use whatever brand you like and if you prefer olive or seasoned oil that’s okay too. Don’t have spray? Not a problem, just rub it down with some olive oil.
First thing I did once the pan was ready was add my chicken. Since I was having guests I opted for both thighs and breasts so I had a mixture of dark and white meat that they could select from. In this case there are 9 boneless thighs and 2 large breasts I cut into 2 nice size pieces each. So that gave me 13 pieces of chicken, easily enough for 4 to 6 guests.
Four of us actually ate that day along with twice more when transformed into the Garlic-Butter Chicken and Summer Squashes over Spaghetti Noodles casserole I will be posting next! That’s 8 servings plus enough for a big lunch for 2!
I cut one stick (1/4 pound) of butter into pats and randomly tossed them into the pan both on top and between the chicken. I drizzled a bit of olive oil over the top and then sprinkled with kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and just a touch of Dean Jacob’s Italian Bread Dipping Seasoning.
Next I cut up and added a small sweet onion, tossed in some fresh mushroom caps, zucchini and yellow squash slices, along with whole grape tomatoes. You can add whatever veggies you like, just remember to add up the carbs as you toss them in.
After a trip to our herb garden I laid fresh oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil and chives (complete with flowers) over the top. As you can see in the picture I just left them on their stems so they were easily removed before plating. After another drizzle of olive oil and a smattering more of kosher salt I wrapped the whole pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil.
That went on the grill, with the hood down, for about 20 to 25 minutes. At that time we opened it up, added some fully cooked cocktail shrimp I had saved from the shrimp cocktail we snacked on poolside and squeezed 1 large fresh lemon and 2 small limes over the entire pan. After reclosing the aluminum foil it stayed on just long enough for the shrimp to heat through, so about 5 minutes.
The hardest part was waiting 5 minutes for it all to rest after it was removed from the grill before digging in! OMG it smelled SO good! Can’t you just smell that picture above? Chicken and shrimp intermingled with the fragrance of the herbs with a topnote of citrus! Heavenly!
It really is a very forgiving dish and you can add or subtract as desired. Don’t have shrimp? Simply leave it out and take the pan off the grill at about the 25 to 30 minute mark. Don’t have fresh herbs? Dried will do fine. Clean out the veggie bin of your fridge or raid your garden! I guarantee you it’ll be fine! Just experiment, play and have fun with it… and then step back and take in all the compliments!
What would you add to yours??? I love hearing from you so please leave your suggestions in your comment below! In the meantime, ciao for now!
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