Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Greetings!  I hope all of you had a pleasant Memorial Day.  We did!  We had a party that included our best friends, all of whom brought along a food dish to share and a bottle of wine.  Nice, huh?  That left me with only the main entree, one appetizer to fill in, and the house setup.  Kevin teases me about how much I love to play house; a remnant from my childhood.  It means that I love to entertain and I love setting up the house and table(s) for a party.   It's all so fun!!

The main entree turned out well and I thought I'd share the recipe with you.

GRILLED, BRINED, MARINATED CHICKEN WITH CHIMICHURRI SAUCE.  This recipe came from "Bon Appetit."   The recipe shown here serves 4, although I easily revised the recipe to serve 18.
*  1/4 cup fine sea salt
*  2 teaspoons pickling spice
*  2 tablespoons honey
*  1 4-1/2 pound whole chicken, backbone removed and discarded, chicken quartered (OR 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, which is what I used)
*  1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
*  1 large shallot, chopped
*  1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
*  1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley
*  2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
*  2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
*  1 large garlic clove, peeled
Chimichurri Sauce
*  1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
*  2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
*  2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
*  2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
*  1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
*  1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
*  1/2 garlic clove, peeled
*  Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
For the Chicken:
Bring 2 cups water, 1/4 cup salt, and pickling spice to boil in large saucepan, stirring until salt dissolves.  Remove from heat; add 6 cups water and honey.  Cool brine to room temperature.  Add chicken to brine; let soak 1 hour at room temperature.

Remove chicken from brine and rinse with cold water; discard brine.  Pat chicken dry with paper towels.  Place chicken in 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.  Combine 1/2 cup olive oil, shallot, basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, and garlic in processor.  Blend until herb mixture is finely chopped.  Rub herb mixture all over chicken; cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight (the longer the better!).
For the Chimichurri Sauce:
Place all ingredients in processor; puree until almost smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.  DO AHEAD:  Can be made 4 hours ahead.  Cover; chill.

Prepare barbecue (medium heat).  Rub excess marinade off chicken, leaving some marinade still clinging.  Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.  Grill chicken covered until cooked through, turning occasionally, about 30 minutes.  Transfer chicken to platter.  Spoon some chimichurri over.  Pass remaining chimichurri.

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