Monday, June 20, 2011

Grilled / Baked Chicken - Get Fired up!

Its grilling season! Summer is the ultimate season I wait upon. Eventhough its hot as hell, just the feeling its gone before you know it, makes me enjoy the heat as much as I can. There are just so many things to do outside - biking, picnic, camping, grill parties... and many more. Anyway, summer is here finally and its getting gorgeous day by day. Grilling gets good in summer, but actually I enjoy grilling in the spring when the weather is more enjoyable to do - a bit of chill, lots of moisture, warm air from a grill, smoked flavor.. perfect!

Whenever I ride through my neighborhood and smell other people cooking out, I can't help but want to take out my grill or go for a picnic. Now don't get me wrong, I've always loved grilled food, but didn't want to grill ever. I know people who just thoroughly enjoy grilling - no matter how the weather is outside - like my brother-in-law who enjoys grilling even when its snowing outside. With his winter gear and hood on, he grills awesome chicken and says he enjoys grilling. Another friend of mine never gets tired of grilling and has extreme patience and can keep grilling for several hours. There is some magic in his grilling - anything that comes out of his grill is so flavorful and tender. So, I prefer the expert grillers do the job and I just want to enjoy the outcome.

Here is an awesome summertime recipe my sister shared with me. She said she enjoyed it at her friend's place who is an expert in grilling. A yummy recipe that requries very little preparation time, but comes out great from the grill.

Lemon-Oregano Chicken

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

  • 8 chicken thighs with skin (about 1 3/4 pounds)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Accompaniment: lemon wedges

  • Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt, then whisk together with 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Pat chicken dry and coat with lemon-garlic mixture.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter and remaining tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides.

  • Brown chicken in 2 batches, skin side down, until golden and crisp, 5 to 6 minutes (chicken will not be cooked through).

  • Transfer, skin side up, to a 4-sided sheet pan.Pour off fat (and any small burnt pieces) from skillet.

  • Add broth and remaining tablespoon lemon juice and boil until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Whisk in remaining tablespoon butter and oregano, then pour over chicken.

  • Let it sit for sometime and then arrange the pieces on the grill and grill until completely cooked.

  • Alternatively, you can also roast chicken in oven until cooked through, about 20 minutes in about 450°F with rack in middle.
Season with salt and pepper.


Sharmilee! :) said...

Delicious looking chicken....

Priti said...

Looks yum n so perfect ....

hemalata said...

Grilled chicken looks so yummy and mouthwatering,nice presentation.

Ramya Bala said...

wow it looks very spicy n yummy :)

Ramya Bala said...

;) nothing spicy in the recipe ;) sorry ;)

Sujatha said...

Yes, Ramya.. nothing spicy in the recipe.. :) but the flavor is very convincing, and ofcourse we can modify it to make it spicy..