Day 71 – Greek Chicken

Wednesday April 25, 2007: Greek Chicken

In a previous life, K. was in publishing.  Many of her friends still are and every few months a small box or a large padded envelope will show up at our house with a couple of books in them.

Recently the package included a copy of Barbecue Nation (as well as three other cookbooks, which I’m sure I’ll get to later).

Looking for a new way to do some chicken, I tried out the following marinade from my newest complimentary cookbook:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (we went with oregano, thyme and sage)
Big pinch salt

Butterfly the chicken (remove the backbone) and press the breastbone until the bird is flat. Combine all of the marinade ingredients, mix well. Find a platter/tupperwear/large plate and pour the marinade over the bird, cover and refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.

Grill the bird at 400F for about 40 minutes (10-12 minutes skin side up; 10-12 skin side down; 10-12 skin side up).

While the chicken was grilling, I put some orzo on to boil. In a large saute pan I warmed a few tablespoons of olive oil and added a diced onion, half a diced red pepper and cooked them for about 5 minutes. When they had softened, I added 1/3 cup pitted olives, 1/3 cup frozen spinach and a pinch of salt.

Once the orzo was al dente, I tossed the pasta with the sauce, had a taste and adjusted the seasonings.

I also cut up some tomatoes and cucumbers that I tossed with some feta, black olives, olive oil, oregano and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

The Verdict
K. really liked the chicken, I thought it was ok and the kids didn’t seem to notice it. Both ate it, but neither commented on it or made sounds like they were enjoying it. The marinade caused lots of small fires on my gas grill, which made it a bit of a pain to cook. If I made it again, I might cut back on the amount of liquid involved (don’t know that you need that much olive oil and lemon – just keep the ratios the same) as there was a fair amount of run-off from the chicken…

The boy didn’t like the orzo at all. He’d eat a hand-full and then spit it out, then he’d another hand-full and spit it out (you’d think he’d catch on that he didn’t like it) it made for a pretty messy meal. My daughter however, loved the orzo, which she ate and ate and ate. 

The little pucks of frozen spinach we picked up have been great the last two nights – a quick and easy way to sneak healthy stuff into the kids meals. 

For dessert, my daughter and I had a cheese course (comte, gloucester and some forme d’ambert). The boy ate organic cocoa cookies and goldfish crackers (I might have to seek a paternity test as he just wont eat cheese).

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