3 Simple grilled chicken dishes

Cherry-balsamic glazed grilled chicken can be made with Cherry-balsamic glazed grilled chicken can be made with the skin on or off. (July 2013) Photo Credit: Marge Perry

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TIP Use an instant-read meat thermometer to determine doneness: Color can be misleading. Breasts should be cooked to 160 degrees and thighs to 170 degrees.


CHERRY-BALSAMIC GLAZED GRILLED CHICKEN

May be made with skin on or off; see nutrition below.

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon salt

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1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

8 chicken thighs, about 2 1/4 pounds

2/3 cup cherry preserves

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce

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1. Preheat grill for medium, indirect-heat cooking.

2. Combine the garlic powder, coriander, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub mixture over both sides of each chicken thigh and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, combine the preserves, vinegar and soy sauce in a bowl.

4. Place chicken, skin side down, on the grill rack away from the heat source; grill 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over and grill another 10 minutes. Turn the chicken again so it is skin side down, and brush with half the glaze mixture; grill 5 minutes. Turn the chicken and brush with the remaining glaze. Continue grilling until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the thigh (but not touching the bone) registers 170 degrees, about 4-6 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition per serving 450 calories, 30 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 20 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 583 mg sodium

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Nutrition per serving without skin 358 calories, 29 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 573 mg sodium

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GREEK-FLAVORED CHICKEN KEBABS

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

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1 tablespoon oregano leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pound skinless, boneless

chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 (8-ounce) zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1. Light the grill for medium- high direct-heat cooking.

2. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, garlic and salt in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Allow to stand at least 20 minutes.

3. Add the zucchini and cherry tomatoes to the bowl; toss thoroughly to coat the vegetables. Thread the chicken, zucchini and tomatoes on 8 metal skewers and place on the grill.

4. Grill 3 minutes, until undersides are well marked and chicken lifts easily off the grill. Turn the skewers and grill another 3 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition for each serving 247 calories, 26 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 13 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 352 mg sodium

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PIQUANT ISLAND CHICKEN BREASTS

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 4 pieces

1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 teaspoon grated lime zest

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons hoisin

1/2-1 teaspoon hot sauce (such

as Tabasco)

1. Pound the chicken breasts to an even 1/4-inch thickness.

2. Combine the ginger, garlic, lime zest and juice, hoisin and hot sauce in a bowl; add the chicken and toss to coat. Allow to marinate 30 minutes.

3. Light the grill for medium- high direct-heat grilling. Remove chicken from the marinade; discard liquid and place chicken on grill. Cook until underside is well-marked and lifts readily from the grill, about 5 minutes. Turn and grill until a meat thermometer inserted horizontally into the center of the thickest piece registers 160 degrees, about another 5 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition for each serving 157 calories, 26 g protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 193 mg sodium

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