Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lemony Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Ohhh my, when my  ingredients arrived from Michael Lee West of Rattlebridge Farm and her son, Tyler, aka Bandwidth, I was so excited!!!  They both co-host Foodie Friday and it was the very first linky party that I ever attended.  Michael Lee is a novelist, baker, and a blogger, and is currently renovating her home at Rattlebridge Farm. 
  I'm participating in Foodie Friday and The Mystery Ingredient Club.   Those who chose to participate,  received Farmhouse Lemons, Preserved Meyer Lemon in Olive Oil and a gift of Citron Lemon Cyprus Flake Sea Salt, as well as some other salts.

Thank you, Michael Lee and Bandy!!

Hmmmmm....I put on my thinking cap and quickly channeled my inner Ina Garten!  I  thought that grilled chicken, using this wonderful Preserved Meyer Lemon in Olive Oil would be fabulous!

I used bone-in chicken breasts with the skin on.  Next I loosened the skin and spread some of the Preserved Meyer Lemon in Olive Oil under the skin and added a sprig of fresh Rosemary.  I then put some more of the Preserved Meyer Lemon on top of the skin and sprinkled with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.  I grilled the chicken, searing on both sides and then placing the breasts, skin side up,  on the back of the grill, where the burner was turned off and leaving the front two burners on.  The chicken took about 40-45 minutes. 
I have to tell you that these breasts turned out so juicy and with just the right touch of lemon!!

My next dish is a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, which complimented the chicken so well.  Here's the recipe, which was inspired by and changed by Kitty's Kozy Kitchen:
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad:
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup fresh tomato, chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped flatleaf parsley
1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4-1/3 cup Preserved Meyer Lemon in Olive Oil
3/4 t. salt
3/4 t. ground pepper
Bring the broth to a boil; add the quinoa, cover and reduce heat to low and steam for 15- 20 minutes. 
While  the quinoa is cooking, add cucumber, tomato (and fresh juices), parsley, olives, onion and cheese to a medium bowl.  Set aside. 
Turn the quinoa onto a large plate and fluff with a fork and spread out for maximum exposure.  Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool.  When cool, combine with the vegetables.  Add the Preserved Meyer Lemon in Olive Oil, along with the salt and pepper, and toss.  Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. 
May be served chilled or at room temperature.   I served the quinoa salad in some red cabbage leaves for a pretty presentation.  The meal was a success!
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              Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. The chicken looks so mothwatering,so juicy and oh so tempting...cooked to perfection:) I love adding rosemary to chicken and the quinoa salad is a yummy side dish. I'm also loving the cute piggy holding the chalkboard:) Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe:) Good day to you!Hugs,Poppy

  2. The chicken looks excellent! A perfect dish for summertime :) I have made Quinoa only once and it ended up being too salty (my fault) so I have not attempted to make it again. I will have to try your chicken recipe and maybe try to make Quinoa again :)

    Have a blessed day! Hugs to you

  3. I love lemon chicken, Kitty. Love the presentation of the quinoa! xo

  4. This looks incredible! I'm going to look for that lemon! I'm sure I would use it a lot, too. We eat a lot of chicken and I love different recipes for cooking it! Thanks!

  5. Kitty, this looks like a perfect meal for summer. It will be on the menu here soon. I have all the ingredients! '-)
    Cooking with Meyer lemons is a treat. I think everything tastes fabulous ~ both savory and sweet.

  6. The lemon chicken with quinoa would be most welcome on my table! I had fun with this challenge too. Love the lemon salt!! Have a good weekend Kitty. xo

  7. The chicken sounds great Kitty! Michael sure sent you some fun goodies to try out! Oh, and I think I saw a pig too??? Love it:@)

  8. oh what an excellent idea to tuck under the skin of roasted chicken! i will have to make that next, especially with the addition of rosemary, wonderful idea.

    i have never tried quinoa, but all the ingredients sound like a terrific combination. looks like you had a luscious lemon meal~

  9. Amazing, as always. Wow! Thanks for the recipes. Cherry Kay

  10. Ooooo, your contributions to the Secret/Mystery Ingredient look & sound delicious, Kitty!

    I am furiously copying down the recipes. One gal brought quinoa to our last Quilt Guild meeting & everyone raved about it. Dummy me didn't think to try I wish I had! (truthfully, there wasn't room on my plate)
    It would be PERFECT for my gluten intolerant friends & relatives. Thank you for sharing how you made both dishes.


  11. Well this is just the perfect meal - LOVELY ingredients - perfect!
    Mary x

  12. Yum, chicken and lemon is always great, I bet with the mystery ingredients it is even more amazing!

  13. Kitty, I'm smiling from ear to ear as I read your blog post. I knew you would come up with a fantastic recipe, and here are TWO!! I'm over the moon. I loved your opening pictures with the goodies...and then the wonderful idea of tucking the lemons (and rosemary) under the skin. So brilliant! I have never tried quinoa, and I'm going to look for it at Publix so I can try your recipe. Thank you so much for joining the lemon challenge--you did a fantastic job!!!! xx

  14. OK, I already said this twice on other blogs this morning, but I'll admit it here. I didn't know what a Meyer lemon was until I started reading posts for this party. Now, I have to try to find some of that secret ingredient there. Yours looks delicious, but then everything I see here looks delicious.

  15. I love quinoa and eat a lot, so this récipe is perfect for me! I love the combo! Thanks so much for visiting me sweetie and for been so kind. Enjoy your weekend.

  16. Oh, you're so creative Kitty and your recipes look delicious. I had a bad experience with quinoa but want to try it again as I am aware of the health benefits of it.
    Sometimes we can buy Meyer lemons in our grocery stores but I find them too tart compared to the larger ones. I'm wondering if they change when it's a long time from tree to table here.

  17. Love your creativity!

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. Oh that sounds and looks yummy! We are having guests for dinner tomorrow night and I think I will change my mind and do this chicken. I liked your idea of pulling the skin back and tucking the seasonings underneath.
    I am now following you and look forward to my visits here.


  19. That sounds delicious! Will definitely have to try it! YUM!

  20. Kitty,
    This looks so good. it makes me hungry just looking at the pictures.
    Love, Mona

  21. Your chicken looks great, Kitty! What a fun party!

  22. I'm so going to try this, it sounds delicious!

  23. Kitty, Your Mystery Ingredient meal looks delicious! I've yet to crack open my salt and lemons in olive oil, there is a juicy chicken in my future! Thanks for the recipes, the couscous sounds wonderful!

  24. Hi Kitty,
    What a lovely gift from the Foodie Friday group. Your Grilled Chicken with Lemon Olive Oil looks delicious, we would love that dish. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  25. Hi Kitty,
    YUM! Both dishes sound delicious. I love that both you and Sarah participated in this challenge. You are both amazing cooks! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  26. Kitty, I enjoy your recipes so much. I know that when I use your recipe it will always be delicious and turn out just right. This sounds like another keeper!


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