GRILLED GENERAL TSO’s CHICKEN

GRILLED GENERAL TSO’s CHICKEN

4 pounds of your favorite chicken pieces (we like legs and thighs) 😀
3 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
3 tablespoons avocado oil
1/4 catsup jalapeno ketchup
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon FRESH ground sea salt
LARGE bunch green onions, sliced for garnish
Sesame Seeds, to garnish

  • Whisk together the liquid aminos and oil.
  • Pour into a large ziploc bag.
  • Add chicken pieces, seal and chill 2 hours.

 

  • Whisk together the ketchup, corn syrup, vinegar, garlic, crushed red pepper and salt until smooth. Set aside.

  • Drain chicken and discard marinade.
  • Pat chicken dry.
  • Preheat gas grill.
  • Oil grates.
  • Place chicken on grill, skin side down.
  • Grill 10 minutes uncovered on the hot side of the grill, rotating (NOT flipping) often to avoid burning, until skin is crispy.
  • FLIP chicken to cooler side of the grill, cover and continue grilling 30 minutes or so until you reach 165°.
  • Brush chicken with sauce during last 5 minutes.
  • Arrange chicken on platter.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.
  • Serve with remains sauce.

SWEET GARLICKY PORK CHOPS

Honey or sugar based marinades are a WONDERFUL way to bring out the rich flavors of pork especially when they are coupled with citrus juices, Asian flavored oils and vinegars.

SWEET GARLICKY PORK CHOPS
4 1 inch thick pork chops
4 LARGE cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup Bragg’s Amino Acids
Juice of 1 LARGE tangerine
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3/4 tablespoon Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
2 teaspoons FRESH ground sea salt
1 teaspoon FRESH ground black pepper
1 tablespoon PURE maple syrup
2 tablespoons apricot pineapple jam

  • Whisk all ingredients together.
  • Reserve 4 tablespoons for later.
  • Pour over pork chops and marinate, turning frequently, for 2-4 hours before grilling.

Another great grilled pork chop recipe is for these grilled chops with Raspberry chipotle BBQ sauce.

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Oil the grate.
  • Arrange chops on grill sear 5-7 minutes per side.
  • Heat reserve marinade in a small sauce pan.
  • Brush chops on both sides with the hot marinade as you remove them from the grill and place them on the platter.
  • Serve immediately.

NOTES:

  • If you prefer a thinner chop, be sure and adjust the cooking times!  Thinner chops take considerably LESS cooking time, usually only 2 minutes per side!
  • This recipe is best with FRESH green vegetables like asparagus or broccolini, slaws or salads.  I also like to grill orange slices slathered in the sauce to go with the whole meal.

HONEY BBQ CHICKEN

This week I made just chicken legs which are wonderful for leftovers, lunches etc… Just a hint of sweet from the sugar rub and then a bit of a bite from the cayenne pepper also in the rub and with the jalapeno ketchup influence in the sauce.  I served it with homemade chili and it was a HUGE hubby hit.

I love this recipe for a several reasons. 

  • 1) It is extremely flavorful
  • 2) It produces tender, juicy and flavorful chicken
  • 3) It is extremely easy!

HONEY BBQ CHICKEN
12 pieces of chicken (I like leg quarters or just plain leg and thigh pieces)
RUB
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon FRESH ground Sea Salt (I use Himalayan pink)
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon QUALITY cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Pat chicken dry.
  • Combine rub ingredients until well blended.
  • Rub over chicken pieces and refrigerate in a shallow dish for 2 hours prior to cooking.

SAUCE
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup Jalapeno ketchup
1/2 cup QUALITY honey
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Heinz mustard
2 teaspoons Bragg’s liquid aminos

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

 

  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Grease grill rack.
  • Place chicken pieces on rack in baking dish.
  • Roast 25 minutes or until 165°.
  • Brush with sauce and turn. Brush again. Return to oven for another 5 minutes or until 170°.
  • Serve with remaining sauce.

HONEY GLAZED PORK CHOPS

These can be done inside, but are best when done on the grill!


HONEY GLAZED PORK CHOPS
2 boneless pork chops, at least 1″ thick
2-4 tablespoons pork chop rub (see recipe below)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons creamed honey (you can get this at Trader Joes)

  • Season all sides of the chops with the Pork Chop Rub
  • Heat grill 350-375°.
  • Grill the chops on the first side for 2 minutes.
  • Flip and grill the second side for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk together the molasses and creamed honey.
  • Flip back to the first side and grill for 2 more minutes (6 minutes total). At the very end of those two minutes, glaze some of the creamed honey on both chops.
  • Flip, glaze again, and let finish cooking for 2 minutes (8 minutes total at this point).
  • Let rest 10 minutes under a foil tent.
  • These are crispy and a little sticky on the outside and juicy & tender on the inside!

NOTES:

  • When selecting pork chops, look for ones that deeper red in color as opposed to pale – you want chops with the MOST color.
  • If you can’t find creamed honey locally, just use a good local honey.

PORK CHOP RUB ala NIBBLE ME THIS based on Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book (makes 1 cup and will keep 6 months in an airtight container)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup smoked paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoons black pepper, smoked
1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoons allspice
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

HONEY RANCH BBQ PORK CHOPS

HONEY RANCH BBQ PORK CHOPS
PORK CHOPS
4 THICK bone-in pork chops
1 ounce Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning (I buy it by the bottle, but you can use the dip/salad dressing package)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 batch BBQ sauce (recipe below)

  • Coat pork chops with ranch seasoning.
  • Add pork chops to a large ziplock bag.
  • Add sauce to the chops and coat well.
  • Seal bag and marinade at least an hour, but preferably over night, turning occasionally.
  • Drain marinade from pork chops.
  • Prepare grill.
  • Sear chops on hot grill, turning once.
  • Brush with reserved marinade, grilling 5-7 minutes until cooked through.

BBQ SAUCE
3/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons PACKED brown sugar
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Mesquite liquid smoke
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
FRESH ground black pepper, to taste

  • Whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, honey, liquid smoke, paprika, garlic powder and pepper. Reserve 1/4 cup.

SWEET SOY PORK CHOPS, CURRANT SCALLION RICE & BACON SHALLOT SNAP PEAS

SWEET SOY PORK CHOPS, CURRANT SCALLION RICE and BACON SHALLOT SUGAR SNAP PEAS

MARINADE
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sriracha
4 boneless center cut pork loin chops

  • Whisk together the liquid aminos, vinegar and sriracha.
  • Place pork chops in a large Ziploc bag.
  • Pour marinade into bag.
  • Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly.
  • Turn chops to coat well with marinade.
  • Marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes, turning bag half way through.

 

  • Heat grill to medium heat.
  • Prepare glaze while grill is heating.
  • Remove chops from bag and discard marinade.
  • Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper.
  • Brush each side with glaze.
  • Grill about 6 minutes per side.
  • Brush with additional glaze and serve immediately.

GLAZE
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • Whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl.

RICE
1 cup long grain rice
1 cup water
1 cup chicken consomme
1 small bunch green onions, sliced thin
1/3 cup currants

  • Combine water and consommé in sauce pan.
  • Add rice, stirring to coat.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or so until tender and moisture is completely absorbed.
  • Fold in currants and green onions.

SNAP PEAS
4 slices thick bacon, diced and cooked crisp
1 large shallot, sliced thin
1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/4 cup chicken consomme
FRESH ground salt and pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon bacon grease

  • Heat bacon grease over medium high heat.
  • Add shallots and cook 3-5 minutes until browned.
  • Add snap peas, consommé and season with salt and pepper.
  • Saute’ covered 2-4 minutes until crisp tender.
  • Uncover and continue sautéing until all liquid has been absorbed.
  • Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice and bacon pieces.

PINEAPPLE PEPPER LIME CHICKEN

PINEAPPLE PEPPER LIME CHICKEN
3 pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks (or any combo you like)
2 limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
3/4 cup pineapple pepper preserves
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • In a small saucepan combine preserves and lime juice and heat until melted and well blended.
  • Sprinkle chicken pieces with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Heat grill to medium.
  • GENEROUSLY spray grill grates with non-stick spray.
  • Grill chicken 15-20 minutes or about 175° internal temperatures. Turn Occasionally and baste generously during the last 5 minutes with the sauce.
  • Serve with remaining sauce.

CARAMELIZED GRILLED PINEAPPLE & CARNE ASADA ala CITRUS

These pineapple spears are coated in a buttery brown sugar apple cinnamon glaze that caramelizes on the grill! It also pairs perfectly with a citrus carne asada!

CARAMELIZED GRILLED PINEAPPLE Serves: 4-6
Adapted from the Recipe Critic, Alyssa

One large ripe pineapple cut into spears
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon apple pie spice

  • In a shallow baking dish lay the pineapple spears in a single layer pan.
  • Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
  • Whisk together the butter, brown sugar and apple pie spice. It needs to be thin enough to easily pour over the pineapple – microwave a few seconds if necessary.
  • Pour over top of the pineapple spears.
  • Grill for about 7-10 minutes or until it is starting to turn golden brown and has gorgeous grill marks.
  • Brush with excess sauce from the dish before serving.

According to Wikipedia Carne asada is a roasted beef dish, literally meaning “roasted meat”[1][2]. The dish mainly consists of pieces or thin cuts of beef (e.g. flank steak, skirt steak), sometimes marinated, sometimes lightly salted or rubbed with salt, pepper and/or spices, and then grilled. It can be eaten alone, with side dishes, chopped and eaten as tacos, or chopped and used as filler for tortas, burritos, etc. It is commonly accompanied with guacamole, salsa, beans, and grilled scallions and tortillas.

The dish is commonly prepared in the northern parts of Mexico (in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas) as well as in the American Southwest (especially Texas and New Mexico). It can be found as the main ingredient in tacos, tortas, burritos and fajitas, or is simply served as a stand-alone. It is sold at Mexican meat markets called “carnicerias” in the American Southwest; especially those states with Mexican/Mexican-American enclaves.
When purchasing carne asada from meat markets, consumers have two options available to them regarding the amount of preparation the steak has undergone pre-purchase: preparada, marinated meat as described above, serving as a time-saver for the home cook but typically at higher cost; and no preparada, unprepared meat, allowing for a home cook to create one’s own marinade. I buy unprepared meat and doctor my own.
All my pictures are before as we’re having it for dinner tonight. I’ll add an after picture later.


CARNE ASADA
2-3 pounds flank or skirt steak, sliced THIN
1 medium Vidalia onion, sliced thin
2 lemons, 1 sliced thin, 1 wedged for squeezing
1 lime, sliced thin
1 orange, sliced thin
1/3 cup champagne vinegar
2 teaspoons minced garlic, jar
1 teaspoon FRESH ground sea salt
1 teaspoon FRESH ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • Soak the meat in the vinegar for an hour or so.
  • Remove meat from vinegar and dry on paper towels.
  • Sift together all the seasonings and rub into the meat on both sides.
  • Layer the meat into a container alternating with the slices of lemon, limes, oranges and onions squeezing lemon juice on each layer as you go.
  • Let marinate for overnight or a day or so.
  • Grill on a VERY hot grill to desired doneness, 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Serve with warm tortillas, Fresh Guacamole and Fresh Garden Salsa.

HOBO CHICKEN & SMOTHERED BEANS AND CORN

I’ve been making packs like this since girl scouts, but they keep getting a little more flavorful and “elegant” as time goes on. Hubby also wanted smothered beans tonight and what a HAPPY accident that was.  The sauce from the chicken merged with the sauce from the beans and voile’ we entered the mega flavor zone. I will make these two recipes together from now on.

The beauty of the HOBO CHICKEN recipe is that you can mix and match the chicken pieces to each person’s likes and dislikes. You can also do the same with the sauce.  I’m deathly allergic to mustard, but hubby loves it so after I pour half the sauce over mine, I add a tablespoon of Dijon mustard to his sauce and then pour it over his.  I then label the packets well! 😀

HOBO CHICKEN serves 4

4 skinless chicken breasts or 8 skinless chicken thighs or any combination you like
2 large carrots, sliced
2 cans white shoepeg corn
4 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/3 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/2 cup Country Bob’s All Purpose sauce
3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Cut 4 large (12×18) heavy duty squares of foil.
  • Lightly spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place equal portions of corn and carrots in the center of each piece of foil.
  • Top with chicken pieces.
  • Sprinkle with green onions.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds, saving a few for garnish at the end.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the liquid aminos, hoisin sauce, garlic, and Country Bob’s sauce.
  • Divide evenly and spoon over chicken.
  • Using the long edges bring up the edges and fold into a large fold.
  • From the opposite side, bring up edges to seal seams loosely so there is enough room for heat circulation.
  • Heat grill to low-medium.
  • Grill covered at 350-400 degrees for 35-40 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  • Open foil, sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds and serve immediately.

SMOTHERED GREEN BEANS AND CORN

2-15 ounce cans green beans, WELL drained
1 12 ounce can white shoepeg corn, WELL drained
1/2 pound bacon, diced
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Pour drained green beans and corn in an 8×8 inch pan.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until almost done but not too crispy. Drain on paper towels.
  • Sprinkle cooked bacon on top of green beans.
  • Whisk together brown sugar, melted butter, liquid aminos and garlic powder.
  • Pour over green beans.
  • Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.

GREEN ONION TOMATO CHICKEN

GREEN ONION TOMATO CHICKEN – serves 4
4 whole chicken quarters, bone in and skin on are best
1 cup chopped green onions (1 LARGE bunch green onions)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup small torn FRESH Flat Leaf Parsley

  • Generously salt and pepper both sides of chicken.
  • In a LARGE ziplock bag place chicken pieces, green onions, garlic, vinegar and oil.
  • Turn to coat chicken pieces well.
  • Seal Bag.
  • Marinate in refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnight.

 

  • Heat grill to low-medium.
  • Using a drip pan place chicken bone side down.
  • Grill covered 50-60 minutes until cooked through to 175°, turn once at about 35-40 minutes if necessary.

 

  • Place tomatoes in a single layer in a foil pan.
  • Drizzle tomatoes with lemon olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with basil pieces.
  • Cover with foil and add to grill during last 15 minutes of chicken cooking time.

 

  • Serve over pasta or stuffing.
  • Top with chicken pieces, tomato and onions.

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BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN SKEWERS

BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN SKEWERS serves 6 – 2 skewers each

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
24 fresh pineapple chunks
24 pearl onions
1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
12 wooden skewers
12 bacon slices

  • Soak skewers for an hour before prepping.
  • Cut the chicken into 1 inch chunks. You need 36 pieces.
  • Peel skin from onions.
  • In a large ziploc bag combine the Braggs Liquid Aminos, avocado oil, vinegar, garlic salt, onion powder and black pepper.
  • Add chicken, pineapple and onions turning to coat everything well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

 

  • Preheat grill over medium heat. Cooking MEDIUM LOW and SLOW is the key to crisp bacon and tender chicken. As you can see my bacon got just a little too crisp, but they were still delicious.
  • Assemble skewers alternating 3 pieces of chicken, 2 onions and 2 pieces of pineapple on each skewer while lacing bacon slice between each piece.
  • Drizzle skewers with marinade.
  • Grill 15-20 minutes, turning as necessary to cook evenly. Cook until chicken is cooked through and bacon is crisp.
  • Serve warm.

NOTE: Peppers and mushrooms are great on these too. Use your imagination to tickle your taste buds.

CEDAR PLANKED SALMON ala NIBBLE ME THIS ala BOBBY FLAY

CEDAR PLANKED SALMON

adapted from Chris @Nibble Me This who adapted the Potlatch seasoning from Bobby Flay
4 salmon filets
2 lemons cut into 16 slices
1 teaspoon each fresh coarse ground Himalayan pink salt & black pepper
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic, smashed
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • Preheat a charcoal grill set up for direct heat at 350°.
  • Mix the spices together for the potlatch seasoning.
  • Place half the lemon slices on the planks.
  • Place the salmon fillets skin side down on planks and season liberally with the potlatch seasoning.
  • Top each fillet with other half of lemon slices.
  • Place the planks on the grill, close the lid and cook until the internal temperature of the salmon is 120-130°, about 7-9 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill and serve immediately.  You can serve directly on the planks or remove it from the plank.

NOTES: There are several ways to test for doneness when grilling fish.  These tips are from Chris @NIBBLE ME THIS from the Cooking Fish Fundamentals lesson at Rouxbe Online Cooking School.

  • Test for doneness early and often.
  • A rough guide is 10 minutes total per inch of thickness.
  • Cook to an internal temp of 120-140° but fish with dense flesh (tuna, salmon) can be done at 120f.
  • Check the inside flakes at the thickest place.