SPICE-RUBBED GRILLED CHICKEN WITH EVERYTHING SAUCE EVERYTHING SAUCE ROUND TWO PASTA
Spice rub makes meals in minutes
When summer paid
us a visit earlier this month, I was so excited to cook outside. There is something so relaxing and enjoyable about a meal centered around the grill. This recipe ranks high on my list of all-
I adapted the following rub from a Bobby Flay recipe to reduce the number of ingredients and adjust for a few hard-to-find spices. While mixing, consider doubling the batch to have plenty to last through the grilling season. Packaged in a small jar, it also makes a welcome gift.
Everything Sauce (recipe follows)
2 ½ tablespoons ancho chili powder (may substitute regular chile powder)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
2 tablespoons kosher salt
½ tablespoon freshly ground pepper
¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Combine spices and store in an airtight container.
When ready to grill, liberally sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with the spice rub. I use about a teaspoon or so per breast half. Rub the mixture a bit so it really coats the chicken. Over high heat, grill the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until the breasts are golden brown and just cooked through.
Allow the chicken to rest for five minutes and serve with the sauce.
Notes: If you cannot find boneless, skin-on chicken breasts, feel free to use boneless, skinless.
While this sauce is perfect when paired with Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken, let your imagination be the guide for any leftovers. I share a few of my favorite ways to use every last drop in the recipe that follows. Initially, the sauce will appear thin but will thicken as it chills.
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
¼ cup honey
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (I typically use 2 percent, although nonfat may be used)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. The sauce may be prepared in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator. Serve at room temperature. The sauce will last at least a week stored in the refrigerator.
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This pasta dish is delicious and incredibly easy. It is a perfect example of how leftovers can be reinvented into something brand new and why I plan for leftovers. A friend of mine coined the term "intentional leftovers," and it makes sense. In this case, simply combine the leftover chicken and sauce with a few easy ingredients for healthy, flavorful meals in minutes.
Although I typically use whole-wheat pasta (or a quinoa-corn blend for a worthy gluten-free option), I often keep an 8-ounce package of fresh pasta on hand for a speedy meal. The angel hair variety I use cooks in one minute and the light, fresh flavor pairs well with this sauce. Fresh pasta is often sold in a vacuum-sealed package and is usually found in the refrigerated deli section of the grocery store.
Beyond pasta, this sauce is a light and flavorful topping for steamed or roasted veggies and even cooked quinoa or couscous. I have also used it in place of mayonnaise in a sandwich and as a nontraditional pizza sauce. Think of this pasta recipe as a framework and incorporate your favorite seasonal vegetables and herbs.
Fresh pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained well
Leftover Spice-Rubbed Chicken (plain grilled, baked, or rotisserie work well, too. I use about 2 breasts per 8 ounces of pasta)
Leftover roasted asparagus
Tomato grapes (use uncooked, or broil 1-2 minutes for a quick alternative to roasting)
Arugula or spinach
Fresh chives, scallions and/or basil, as desired
Cut chicken across the grain into strips or bite-size pieces. Mix all ingredients and drizzle with Everything Sauce. Toss and enjoy.
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