Today was a busy busy Sunday! Time flew today, but we sure got a lot done- I updated my iPod, cleaned, packed lunches and made this simple and spring-inspired meal. Putting the chicken in a brine made them really juicy and full of flavor without adding extra fat. Grilling them on our BBQ grill also gave them that nice smokey grill taste. It was a perfect meal for our busy Sunday, but quick and easy enough for any night of the week.
For the brine:
4 cups water
2 tbsp. salt
3 tbsp. sugar
1/4 freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mix all of the ingredients well until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Place a quart-size freezer bag inside a deep bowl. Make sure you wash the chicken really well first and then add it to the bag. Next add the brine liquid and seal the bag, removing as much excess air as possible. Place the bowl in the fridge for a minimum of four hours, but for best results, leave overnight.
Ingredients for the chicken:
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast per person
1 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary per chicken breast
1 tbsp. olive oil per chicken breast (but do not exceed 4 tbsp. if making 8 or less chicken breasts)
Salt and pepper to taste
Remove the chicken from the brine and place on a cutting board. Butterfly each breast and score it on either side season with the salt and pepper. Repeat until you have done this to all the pieces. Add the chicken to a bowl and then add in the olive oil and rosemary and move around to coat everything evenly. Turn on your grill to medium-low and let it heat for about 15 minutes before placing the chicken on it. Let the chicken cook undisturbed for about 8 minutes before flipping over. Brush the cooked side with half of the the balsamic glaze- recipe below. After the chicken is cooked completely, remove from the grill and slice into strips. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the chicken right before serving.
For the Balsamic Glaze:
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3 large garlic cloves, grated
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
1/3 cup chicken stock
2 tsp. fresh chopped rosemary
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
salt to taste
Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and let it simmer on low heat until about half of the liquid has reduced. The consistency should be thick, but not goopy, enough to coat a spoon, but easy enough to spoon over the chicken.
I served the chicken with jasmine rice, and a trio of raw veggies: asparagus, thinly sliced red onion, and thinly sliced tomatoes seasoned with lots of cracked black pepper, salt and a little extra virgin olive oil.