“Dressed to Grill”: Healthy/Delicious Summer Grilling Tips and Recipes

Perfect Grilled Chicken every time: The "Slash" and Marinade Method

Pictured above, is my "health nut" friends, is my end goal. My dream is to have a cooking show in the ultimate outdoor kitchen, loving the sun, and spreading the gospel that healthy eating blows away traditional eating in every category including taste. I'm starting a healthy/delicious revolution.

Until I get that outdoor "dream kitchen", no since waiting to start practicing my recipes and grilling tips, I have a grill right out front at my apartment, hence the new segment of my blog "Dressed to Grill". Sorry, these corny and stupid names just come to mind, I can't turn it off. But it's gonna be creative fun, I'm gonna give some great healthy grilling tips,  present some awesome outdoor kitchens, wherever my mind takes me.

Here is a tip for perfect grilled chicken every time. The problem with marinades and rubs is they only cover the outside skin of the chicken. The solution is simple. Slash the chicken and allow marinade/rub to penetrate to the interior, to get the whole bird tasty and spicy.

The "Slash" Method ain't rocket science, just one of those things you never think of until you think of it. In one paragraph, SLASH your meat, then work that rub/marinade/sauce in between every nook and cranny. Grill as usual. Another great thing about this, is your grilling time is cut considerably.

It may look a little unique, but once you finish off a piece of chicken that was delicious to the very last bite, you’ll never go back. Remember the more you slash, the more flavor, but don’t get so carried away that your meat is falling off the bone before it even hits the grill.

Marinades and rubs should not be a grand production, they basically evolve to your favorite herbs and spices. But if anyone needs help getting started here is a recipe for simple marinade. However, we have all summer for trial and error. Just make sure you use organic ingredients whenever, and AVOID COMMON TABLE SALT!!!

Simple Chicken Marinade (Using the "Slash" Method)

4 organic limes, juiced
2 tablespoons organic virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons organic chili powder
1 teaspoon organic dried sage
1 teaspoon organic dried oregano
1 teaspoon organic ground cumin
pasture raised chicken portions, find pasture raised chicken near you
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Remember to wash hands frequently when handling raw chicken.

I like to use cooking gloves, and I have no problems using four or five pair as I touch this of that

Whisk the lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, sage, oregano, and cumin together in a small bowl. use the "Slash" method to cut slashes in the chicken at an angle (Think a barber shop pole.) The slashes should be such that the knife is held at a 45 degree angle to the chicken….if that makes sense)

Arrange the chicken in a shallow glass container; pour the lime juice marinade over the chicken. Wearing cooking gloves, work the marinade into the slashes. Cover the container; refrigerate 1 1/2 hours, turning the chicken every 30 minutes.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove the chicken to a platter and allow to come to room temperature. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Basting with the marinade, grill the chicken breasts until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 8 to 10 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

 

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