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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Grilled Rosemary Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salsa- By Cooking Light

We were on vacation and wanted to cook something tasty, but healthy. I came across the Cooking Light- 5 ingredient 15 minute Recipes Magazine. I found this recipe, tried it, and we all really liked it. It was simple, healthy and the flavors of fresh oregano, tomatoes and avocado from the salsa and the fresh rosemary and garlic in the chicken really made this dish! I will definitely be making it again! It paired nicely with my grilled artichokes , rice and corn on the cob!

(Three tips: First, you'll want to marinate the chicken for about 30 minutes- 1 hour before cooking. Second, I made the salsa just before taking the chicken off the grill. You don't want to make it too soon or it'll will get mushy. Third, you really want to use fresh herbs in this recipe. Save the dried ones for other recipes.)

*2 T Olive oil (I always use extra virgin)
*2 T red wine vinegar
*1 T chopped fresh rosemary
*1 T minced garlic
*4 (4 oz) chicken cutlets. (I just used 1 lb of thin chicken breasts that had 5 breasts in a package)
*1/4 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp black pepper
*Cooking Spray
*Tomato-Avocado Salsa (recipe below)

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Spring chicken with salt and pepper and add to bag and seal. Marinate in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
2. Prepare grill
3. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Place chicken on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 3-4 minutes per side, or until done. Serve with Tomato-Avocado Salsa.

Tomato-Avocado Salsa Recipe:
*1 T chopped fresh oregano
*1 T extra-virgin olive oil
*2 T red wine vinegar
*1 garlic clove, minced
*2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
*1/2 cup (2 oz) crumbled reduced-fat (or fat free as I use) feta cheese with basil and sun-dried tomatoes.
*1 ripe peeled avocado, chopped

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl, stirring with whisk. Add tomato halves, cheese, and avocado; toss gently. Serve on top or along side of chicken. Enjoy!

Grilling Chicken after marinating 
added tomato and avocado to the oil, vinegar, garlic and oregano

Add the feta cheese

Grilled Chicken

I like to top mine with the salsa.

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