Hi guys, it’s Thursday, which means another CEiMB recipe is featured on Healthy and Sane. This week is a little special, though. I am the host, which means I got to pick the recipe hopefully a bunch of people enjoyed this week. It wasn’t a hard decision. I watch Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger every week, with my laptop by my side, adding the “must make” recipes to the list. Of course I also have both of her cookbooks but the recipe I chose for this week, the marinated chicken and grape skewers, may have escaped me if it wasn’t for the show, since there wasn’t a pretty picture to accompany it.
This recipe was part of the “Expect the Unexpected” episode on Healthy Appetite, which featured classic recipes with a twist. The grapes were the unexpected ingredient, which to me sounded like the perfect sweet balance to the savory grilled chicken. If you’ve never had grilled/roasted grapes with meat, you must try this combo! They are especially nice with pork and as I found out this week, also go amazingly well with chicken. The grapes caramelize and pop in your mouth. Delicious!
Since we already have dinner plans this Thursday (restaurant week continues), I planned on making these skewers this Tuesday. To be honest I didn’t really read the recipe before hand, but I knew chicken and grapes were involved so I made sure to buy those after work. Then I got to my kitchen and realized that the chicken needed to be marinaded. Duh, Elina, that’s in the recipe name! I was afraid just 20 minutes would not be enough to impart the lemony/garlicky flavor of the marinade but I had no choice. I was hungry and 20 minutes was the most I could wait. I crossed my fingers.
The second problem was the side. I was just going to wing it with some steamed veggie. And then I realized – I am hosting the recipe this week. Common, Elina, you can do a little better than that!
So I did do a little better than that. No, A LOT better than that. I rolled and grilled a little piece of pizza dough that’s been sitting in the fridge begging to be made into something (the flatbreads were sprinkled with zaatar), made a lovely veggie salad (mixed greens, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, a drizzle of lemon juice) that was bursting with freshness, and served it with a side of smarter tartar that also just happened to be leftover from my last Ellie meal and complimented this Mediterranean feast perfectly! Man, this was goooood!
Adam proclaimed that this was the best thing I’ve ever made!! I think he says that a lot but he couldn’t remember something he enjoyed quite this much in a while. Honestly, I think the flatbread stole his heart but the chicken was also super juicy and flavorful (20 minutes of marinading was plenty. phew!) and the fresh veggies and sweet grapes just all went so well together. I was proud, very proud, since I pulled this out of nowhere.
What unexpected pairing did you enjoy recently?
PS- the leftovers were awesome stuffed in a ww pita