Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Economy Meals: Grilled Peruvian Chicken and Asparagus

Time for Economy Meals: Grill Edition! Tonight we're having Peruvian chicken and asparagus cooked on the grill *yum* I love this quick and easy (and cheap) marinade for chicken, and it's good cooked on the stove top too if you don't have a grill or don't like to grill. I have no idea how to properly operate our charcoal grill, but that's what my husband is for.

Peruvian Chicken and Asparagus

Ingredients for Chicken

  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (I cut mine into serving size pieces)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tbs. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
Ingredients for Asparagus

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Mrs. Dash Steak Seasoning (I use the salt free version to control sodium content in my food)

  • In a large ziploc bag mix oil, lemon juice, and spices. Add your chicken, zip up the bag, and then massage your chicken to mix it all up. Place your bag into the fridge for about 2 hours or until you're ready to cook. Make sure you take your chicken out of the fridge 15-20 mins before grilling so your meat doesn't seize up. 
  • For the asparagus, make sure to give them a good wash and then dry them. Cut the tough ends off, and then cut your asparagus on the bias into 2-2.5 inch pieces. Toss them in a little olive oil and then add the steak seasoning to taste. I also add a scant amount of salt. *SIDE NOTE*- This steak seasoning is great on veggies of all kinds. I like to grill a vegetable mix of brocoli, onions, whole garlic cloves, asparagus, carrots, and occasionally mushrooms. Fresh pineapple spears mixed in with the vegetables is also quite tasty, and it really brightens them up.-

  • Next step, fire up the grill! Cook your chicken on the grill until done (165 degrees internal temp). You can grill your asparagus in a grill basket like we do (see the easy way*) or you can make little foil packets to grill them in if you prefer. Your asparagus will only take about 8-10 mins to cook, depending on how you like them. We prefer ours still a little crispy (soggy asparagus are gross in my opinion). If you like yours a little smushy add on 5 mins to your cook time.

I have to say thank you to my wonderful husband for manning the grill! Thanks, Nathan!
  • After you remove your food from the grill allow the chicken to rest for a bit before you cut into it to keep it from getting dried out.
We had this for dinner tonight, and it was a crowd-pleaser. Add on a starch of your choice and you have a balanced meal. I love this for a week night dinner in the spring/summer because I usually have all the ingredients in my spice cabinet for the marinade, so it's super easy. Also, grilling veggies is a fast and tasty way to change up routine vegetables. You can only steam, roast, and sautee so much, ya know? Anywho, I hope you enjoy the recipe!